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10 Culture & Map Activities for Kids

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I love to explore the world with my kids! 

There's something very eye-opening about learning how other people live and seeing the beautiful places around the globe.

And even though we love to travel, most of our foreign explorations happen right in our own home.

There are many creative ways to introduce kids to the various countries and cultures around the world.  We've read books, cooked meals, watched DVD's and completed crafts & activities.

Today, we'll be featuring some of the hands-on ideas for learning about maps & cultures that were shared during last week's Kids Explore the World linky.


Map Activities for Kids

Learn about World Cultures

It's really tons of fun to learn about others cultures.  One summer, we researched each of the countries of our ancestors and then each week, we would 'visit' a different country.  We ate meals from Italy, Germany and Poland.  We played games from Lithuania and England, learned words from different languages and did a whole bunch of crafts.  By the end of the summer, my kids had a better idea of their heritage and many countries from around the globe!

There are some wonderful websites I'd love to recommend if you're looking for ways to introduce different cultures to your children.

Mama Smiles has a great series about life in different countries.  She also has a wonderful cornerstone post on 10 Tips for Raising Globally Aware Children.  You can also find some great ideas in her Getting Started: Globally Aware Kids post!

Another excellent blog and community is the Multicultural Kids Blog.  Here you'll find detailed ideas for celebrations, food, kids activities and books that will introduce you to a variety of cultures.  Read this wonderful post on how one family chose to learn about different cultures with their kids.

Creative Family Fun also has a great list of 10 Ways to Explore the World without Leaving Home with some excellent resources!


Map Activities for Kids

One of the first things we always do when begining to learn about another country is to pull out our map and globe!  I've written before on the importance of having a map in the home.  It offers kids the opportunity to learn about geography and practice map reading skills.

Try some of these fun & educational map activities with the kids:

  • Map the Books you Read -- last summer, we shared a fun way to connect maps with the books kids enjoy reading. 

Don't have a map at home?  Make this beautiful handmade felt map (super easy!) from Teach Beside Me!



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  • Guest

    What a great resource you have put together! Thank you for including some of my posts here - I'm honored to be part of this collection!

  • Guest

    Thanks for the mention! This post is a great resource for map activities :)

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    Sarah December 08

    I like how you went beyond basic geography and instilled the fun and importance of learning about other cultures. Thanks for the post, sharing via K12's Pinterest.

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    Deb January 06

    I just found this! What a wonderful resource, Jacquie! Thanks so much for including my post. I pinned your post to my Montessori-Inspired Global Adventure Pinterest Board. :)

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