Categories: Geography

2 Unique Hands-On Montessori Geography Activities with Kids

I often find that the best, most successful Montessori learning activities created in our home happen organically and are led by my kids. These hands-on Montessori geography activities are a great example. These activities are easily implemented and repeatable in your home and classroom.

Montessori Geography Activities with Kids

Continent Animal Match

One of my favorite new books is Montessori: Map Work. The pages are full of texture and color that draws children into the content. There are animals on each continent’s colorfully illustrated page so I grabbed the globe and our animal figurines.

The activity is simple. You have your book and your figurines. Invite the children to read and explore the book. After we read the book, we sang the Continents song to review the geography. Place a basket of animals onto the children’s workspace. I can almost guarantee that the children will begin to match the animals to their respective continent. If not, demonstrate for them.  Then pull the globe, or a map, out to locate the continent on the globe.

Related Read: 5 Ways to Be More Global with Your Children

Country Currency Match

Materials required for this activity are simple but can be tricky to find foreign currency. Luckily between me and my husband we had collected ample supply over the years. My sons and I took a close look at the currency. We talked about the icons and the landmarks. Then we located the country on our globe.

Currency Matching Game

This geography activity is perfect for the younger crowd. We have many duplicate foreign bills and coins. My 3.5 year old began to match and sort them before I could even suggest it. This activity also presents another opportunity to examine the currency to learn icons and landmarks of countries from around the world. I was also to introduce the concept of foreign exchange to my sons. The idea that one currency’s value differs from another currency’s value invited many questions. The topic is quite abstract for them but we’ll keep at it!

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Marnie Craycroft

Marnie hails from Maine where she spent summers buried in sand and winters buried in snow. She is the daughter of a nearly four decade veteran of the public school systems. Teaching has always been a part of her life. She founded Carrots Are Orange in 2010.

Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori learning and living website for parents and teachers.

Marnie graduated from Wesleyan University in 1999 with a BA in Economics. She spent nearly a decade working in investment management. In 2006, she earned her MA in business from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999 and currently lives in Boulder with her husband and three sons. She is Montessori trained. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, Buzzfeed, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, Huffington Post, and Besides writing, passions include running (usually after her three sons), photography, and outdoor adventures.

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