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Teach Your Kids Geography – Land Air Water Activity


Preschoolers are ripe for learning about the earth. The Montessori Land Air Water lesson is a lot of fun for kids. They love the concept, and there are loads of variations for parents and teachers to get creative!

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Montessori Land Air Water Geography Lesson

“We live on the earth. It is made up of three things: land, water, and air.”


Land Air Water Geography Activity

This lesson is a great introductory one for preschoolers. I used these “props” to begin the lesson:

Cross-Section Earth Model

Book 2

Earth: The Blue Planet (Our Solar System)


Air Is All Around You (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

Land Air Water Geography Lesson

  • Three containers
  • Water
  • Blue Liquid Water Color (to color the water)
  • Dirt
  • A piece of brown, blue, and white construction paper
  • Cork or another kind of board to create your strips of water, land and air
  • Concrete objects to place in each area
  • A small basket for the small objects (most of our objects were from Safari Toobs)

Land Air Water Approach

  • I prepared the Land, Air, and Water diagram ahead of time by gluing strips of blue, brown, and white construction paper on a piece of corkboard. I used Mod Podge to seal the paper and make it look a little shinier. Once that dried, I prepared the basket of objects and placed them next to the diagram and three jars that I filled with water (and a little blue liquid watercolor), land (dirt from our yard), and air.
  • Carry the tray to the child (or children).
  • Describe what is on the tray as they are: “This jar has dirt in it. This jar has water in it. This jar has air in it, we just cannot see it. This board has three areas: this blue area is water, this brown area is the land, and this white area is the air.”
  • In the first presentation, I began placing the objects on the appropriate strip and named each object as I placed it down: “Airplane. Tractor. Duck.” The following times the work is used by your child, allow him the opportunity to name and/or place the objects.
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If you enjoyed this post, check out this Introductory Preschool Activity on Land Forms.

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