When I was a child, I use to love having contests with my dad to see which of us could remember the capitols of every state. Beyond mastering this trivia for the sake of winning these contests though, my knowledge of geography was terrible. I was horrible at accurately filling in the states on a map. And forget identifying African countries. As a parent, I didn’t want my children to be as blasé about the world around us as I was as a kid.
Educational Place Mats
So, even before my kids started school, I bought educational place mats for our dinner table. One had a map of the United States. One had a world map on it. Another had the periodic table. We also had placemats that had clocks, money, and the solar system on them. Before you rush out to buy the complete set of educational placemats, I should let you know that despite my best intentions and ardent wishes, using these at our dinner table did NOT transfer the knowledge via osmosis through the dinner plate and our food into any of our brains. As it turns out, we used them as place mats instead of as educational tools. Here are some other options to make geography lessons memorable that are fun and actually work.
How do you teach geography? Do you spend hours creating a map, labeling, cutting and pasting? It’s so fun imagining all the ways this Mona MELisa reusable US Map can be used in the classroom or at home. All the states, capitols, and geographic information is ready for you to stick on to the map!
Here are a few geography activities to try:
- Playing “Name That State” with family and friends during the holidays. What better way to get the whole family together than a game for kids of all ages. Work in teams or alone to identify states and challenge seasoned family members in lightening fast rounds.
- Need a little direction? Use the compass to have children in the class describe where states are in relation to each other. Let your kiddos take turns directing each other around the country by using the directions on the compass. They’ll have an awesome time walking their fingers from east from west in search of the correct state– but be sure to watch out for the oceans!
- Guess and reveal state capitals by peeling away the brightly colored shapes. Remembering capitals can be tricky, but the easy to peel states with state capitals hidden underneath offer up a great way to ditch the flashcards and take the learning to the walls!
- Keep track of where you’ve been (or where you’re going). I love this one! Use the state names to label the states where all of the students in your class have been.
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