Start out this fun coloring sheet by drawing a heart around the state where you live and then following the coloring instructions for the rest of the map. Visit blog.melissaanddoug.com for the printout.
Library.thinkquest.org is a fun website created by kids for kids to teach them about the 21 California missions, what life was like for the native Americans who lived on the missions, and what it was like to be a padre at a mission. Check it out to see just what kids can do!
They help kids to see the big picture of the world and how our city, state or country is just a small piece of a larger planet. There's a wonderful book titled Me on the Map (Dragonfly Books) where a child shows a map of her room, and then a map of her room in her house -- it continues to show the locations of her town, state, country so the reader is able to get an idea of where they might be 'on the map'.
2. Locate Where Relatives are Living
Use pictures of family members and post them close to the city/state/country where they reside. Kids will begin to appreciate just how far people travel to see them. And for military families, kids will have a better idea of where their loved ones are stationed.
3. Track Your Family Vacations
It's always fun to see how far away you'll be from home. Put a small dot or tack on all the places you visit and by the time your kids are teenagers,they'll have a great visual of how 'worldly' they've become!
4. Learn Geography by Reading
Locate places on the map that kids are currently reading about it books. My daughter and I are reading "Pippi", so finding Sweden on the map is a must. It also helps kids begin to learn about real locations and fantasy places - even fiction books mention real-life places.
If you like the idea of connecting books to geographic locations, you'll love the Booking Across the USA series -- 50 states, 50 kids books, 50 activities!
5. Connect the Dots with Current Events
There are so many places that kids hear about in school, on the news, and during conversations at the dinner table. Whether it's a tsumani in Japan, finding countries that are conserving rainforests, or learning where US troops are being deployed - maps help us to add context to the news. There were 205 countries competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics - challenge your kids to locate them all on the map!
6. Maps Help Kids Dream
When you learn about other places and cultures, kids begin to think about what it would be like to live or visit other locations. My son is already planning to retire in Fiji! Another wonderful book about maps is The Once Upon a Time Map Book: Take a Tour of Six Enchanted Lands. Children will enjoy exploring maps that show the worlds of Peter Pan's Neverland, Alice's travels through Wonderland, Dorothy's visit to Oz and more fun places from famous books!
7. They Teach Us about Animals & Nature
Take the story we shared about the snowy owls visiting our region this winter - a map helped us to show kids the natural habitats of animals, migration patterns and explain which animals are native to an area and why. Other fun migrations to follow on the map include monarch butterflies and hummingbirds. Maps will help you explain why your kids probably won't see a moose in your backyard, but how they may see an arctic owl or a fox.
on Monday July 8 at 03:46PM
Attention all geography buffs! The GeoSpy Agency needs you! Help them identify continents, countries, states and provinces to earn full GeoSpy status. For your first assignment, visit: missmaggie.org. Good luck!
on Wednesday May 1 at 02:55PM
To celebrate Earth Day (which is right around the corner), make these fun little paper mache globes.
You'll need a small round balloon, paper mache paste (1 part flour and 2 parts water), a whisk, 1" newspaper strips, 1" tissue paper strips, a bucket of paste, a disposable cup and plate, skewer, battery operated tea light, and a bucket of water and paper towels for clean up.
Music is a fantastic learning tool, especially for the memorization of tricky things. Check out this fun YouTube video about the 50 states and their capitals.
WAKKO'S AMERICA (Episode 21 of Animaniacs) Music traditional (Turkey in the Straw). Lyrics by Randy Rogel.
Wakko: Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Indianapolis, Indiana And Columbus is the capital of Ohio There's Montgomery, Alabama, south of Helena, Montana Then there's Denver, Colorado, under Boise, Idaho.
Texas has Austin, then we go north To Massachusetts' Boston, and Albany, New York Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, D.C. Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Nashville, Tennessee.
Elvis used to hang out there a lot, ya know.
Trenton's in New Jersey, north of Jefferson, Missouri You've got Richmond in Virginia; South Dakota has Pierre Harrisburg's in Pennsylvania and Augusta's up in Maine And here is Providence, Rhode Island, next to Dover, Delaware.
Concord, New Hampshire, just a quick jaunt To Montpelier, which is up in Vermont Hartford's in Connecticut, so pretty in the fall And Kansas has Topeka; Minnesota has St Paul.
Juneau's in Alaska and there's Lincoln in Nebraska And it's Raleigh out in North Carolina and then There's Madison, Wisconsin, and Olympia in Washington Phoenix, Arizona, and Lansing, Michigan.
Here's Honolulu; Hawaii's a joy Jackson, Mississippi, and Springfield, Illinois South Carolina with Columbia down the way And Annapolis in Maryland on Chesapeake Bay.
They have wonderful clam chowder.
Cheyenne is in Wyomin' and perhaps you make your home in Salt Lake City out in Utah, where the Buffalo roam Atlanta's down in Georgia, and there's Bismarck, North Dakota And you can live in Frankfort in your old Kentucky home.
Salem in Oregon; from there we join Little Rock in Arkansas; Iowa's got Des Moines Sacramento, California; Oklahoma and its city Charleston, West Virginia, and Nevada, Carson City.
That's all the capitals there are!
on Tuesday March 19 at 04:15PM