“Yeah, but she didn’t go to Texas.”
twenty countries (but not the state of Texas) in a little over six months.
Fun with the Globe
When my son was about 5, his bedtime was about an hour after the twins’. One of the evening “quiet time” activities he loved was looking at the globe with me. I’m not sure whether he was interested in geography as much as just the normally-out-of-reach “ball that spins” — at least at first.
lines meant, and even which way the earth spins and where it is in space.
Puzzle Maps for Preschoolers
My girls haven’t shown that same fascination with the globe, but they are all about puzzle maps.
I love how our U.S. GeoPuzzle has pieces that are shaped like the states (or groups of smaller states) instead of regular jigsaw puzzle shapes. The girls can do this puzzle with help now, and like to assist in assembling the more difficult World GeoPuzzle (affiliate links).What if your kids are a bit younger, though? Can you still teach geography? Sure you can!
Developmentally Appropriate Geography
To be age appropriate, you should avoid having toddlers or preschoolers just memorize facts, though, such as states and capitals. Giving them a grounding in the concepts of geography will serve them better in the long run.
Sandbox Geography for Preschoolers
You can do a preschool version of this project in the sandbox.
Help your child create a little island town inside the sandbox, complete with mountains and roads. Then quickly sketch out their creation for them on paper.
in the sand, and mark the spot on the map. Then use the map to find the buried “treasure.”
Build a new road together, and have your child
help you update the map to reflect the change.
island, and draw the route from the fire station to the emergency. Then follow the map with a toy fire truck!