This is an easy kids geography project that helps teach how we- and our community- fit into the wider world. Gather your art supplies and let’s get started.
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Edit: since publishing this article numerous readers have suggested pairing this kids geography activity with the book “Me on the Map“- what a great idea!!!!
Kids Geography Project:
First, gather your materials. You will need construction paper of different colors, crayons or markers, scissors, and glue. We traced different mixing bowls to create the different sized, concentric circles. As the circles get bigger, their pictures show bigger geographic areas.
Each circle will be labelled, and then decorated with a representative image.
For “my house,” have them write their address, their city for “my city,” etc until they reach “Earth” for their planet. Because I was doing this project with 4, 6, and 7 year olds, I printed pictures of our state, country, and continent from the internet (Tip: when you want only an outline of a country, type in “France map coloring page“). They drew their house, a scene from our city, and we used a paper plate for the final circle. I showed the kids pictures of the world to come up with “my planet.” Finally, we punched holes in the top and used binder rings (from an office supply store) to assemble the project. My kids presented their projects by reading the titles, and explaining the details to us.
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