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There are so many ideas out there on how to teach Geography. While we do use a curriculum, A Childs Geography, we tend to go off on our own rabbit trails. That’s the fun of homeschooling right? While there’s no one right way of studying Geography there’s no reason why it can’t be fun and REALLY interesting!! Two of my children’s favorite ways to study Geography is through games and recipes. Here are some fun Geography ideas to liven up your Geography lessons.
Geography Board Games
Scrambled States: The Whimsical, Mad-Dashing, Geography Game. Based on the book by Laurie Keller. For 2 to 4 Players, ages 8 and up. (My 12-year-old LOVES this one!)
Sequence States and Capitals: Each card has the name of a capital with its location shown on the state. Players match the shape and color of the states on the card to the same state and shape and color on the board, then place a chip on that space. When you have five in a row you win. Players of all ages will have fun learning the states and their capitals while enjoying the fun, challenging play of the game.
Passport To Culture: Unique travel game where players circle the globe while testing their knowledge of world cultures. Entertaining questions on people and places, food and drink, world treasures, greetings, and gestures, or customs and traditions. A fun way to explore our world while challenging your CQ (Cultural Intelligence) 2-6 Players/ Teams
GeoBingo World: the game works just like the bingo you know, with a geographic twist! The game includes 8 bingo boards with 25 countries on each board, 50 country cards with each country’s capital land area, population, and geographic location, and plenty of wooden bingo chips. The first one to get five countries in a row wins!
American Trivia: Unlike most trivia games, these games feature mostly knowledge-based content rather than trivial tidbits and are written at a level for all to enjoy. A fun and informative way to learn more about the United States.
Ticket to Ride: A cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway. (This is one of our favorites!)
Geography Card Games
Professor Noggin’s: Learn about US History and Geography! Educational Trivia Card Games with Professor Noggin’s Geography of the US, History of the US and Presidents of the US
All Around the World: This clever new memory recall game challenges players to memorize as many details as they can in just 10 short seconds. Turn the timer over, concentrate on the card and try to memorize as many details of the picture as you can. Players then roll the dice to determine which question will be asked and quiz each other on what they remember.
Dutch Blitz: Developed in Pennsylvania Dutch country, Dutch Blitz is a card game that’s exciting to play and easy to learn. Perfect for family game nights, or to play with a group of good friends, you’ll enjoy spirited competition as you try to get rid of your 10-card Blitz pile before anybody else. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
*side note* This card game has absolutely nothing to do with geography. It is just a REALLY fun card game. So I thought I would throw it in.
There are also a lot of Children’s Geography Apps that can come in handy while in the car, doctor’s waiting room or the kiddos just need something to do so mom can get dinner on the table.
- Balloon Globes – Teachers Pay Teachers – Learning Lab
- LEGO Flags – Idea from Momgineer
- Pasta World Map Craft – Parenting Chaos
- Play Dough Continents – Get Continent Cards Here
- Passports – Keep track of the information learned during your studies in their own passports. You can pick some up at any educational store or use this link, offered by 123 Homeschool 4 Me, to print and assemble your own. The download link is about 2/3 down the page.
- 3D Salt Dough Maps – Instructions and recipe here. My kids LOVE making these maps!
Geography YouTube Channels
- Nations of the World – With Lyrics – Animaniacs
- Wakoo’s 50 States & Capitals
- Animaniacs – The Universe Song
- Maps, Landforms, Geography for kids – This is a playlist of 30 videos
- Geography for Kids – This is another playlist of 32 videos
Food fun with Geography
Eating Your Way Through the USA: What is the best part of any vacation? The food, of course! The highlight of a trip to Maryland is soft shell crab cakes. A visit to Idaho is not complete without a variety of potato dishes and vacationers plan whole trips around the Cajun delicacies of Louisiana. A trip to the south means a mess of fried catfish and black-eyed peas.
Cooking Around the Country with Kids: This cookbook helps children learn about the cultural food differences that make up our great country. It introduces the concept of cultural diversity in a way that captures the child’s interest and helps in the understanding of how different cultures came to co-exist yet continue to celebrate their uniqueness. This USA-themed cookbook encourages children to re-engage with the history of the United States through food and fun activities.
The Kid’s Multicultural Cookbook: In this hands-on introduction to foods from around the world, children ages seven to fourteen will learn about other cultures through recipes for more than 75 ethnic dishes. They will also get an introduction to many diverse cultures by learning games, traditions, and customs of children from around the world. All recipes include clear step-by-step instructions and no-fuss ingredients found in most grocery stores. The book is fully illustrated and also includes photos of children the author met on her travels while collecting these delicious recipes.
If you have a budding artist like I do this is a lot of fun during quiet time:
I hope these ideas will be a blessing to your homeschool and possibly add more fun to your Geography lessons.
What do you use to make Geography fun?
Many Blessings and Happy Travels!!