Teaching geography to elementary-aged kids doesn’t have to be about memorizing countries and capitals. Geography activated can be so much fun! These geography resources will not only engage your child but will integrate culture and so much more into your geography learning.
Daily Geography Games
Globle offers a daily mystery country. I am not sure who enjoys this challenge more – me or the kids! You start by inputting a country, and then another. The program lets you know which country is closer to the mystery country.
Worldle offers a similar mystery country daily challenge. However, the hints Worldle offers are based on distance and direction. So, we are not only learning countries but we’re learning cardinal direction and measurement of distance.
Seterra Maps is a popular program for teachers and can easily be integrated into a homeschool environment. This website provides every version of a geography quiz you could possibly imagine assigning a student.
Google Earth – Where is Carmen Sandiego? is a play on the old school game with which we Gen Xers grew up playing. It will entertain and engage your kids.
GeoGuessr is a fun online game that uses clues to lead the player to a specific place in the world.
TerraClues Google Earth Scavenger Hunt is a versatile tool for teachers and homeschooling parents. You can go on a pre-existing scavenger hunt or create your own based on what you’re currently learning with your students.
Place the States is a simple online game. Ben wants to print a map of the United States but needs to first put the states in order.
Apps to Teach Geography
This geography app is super fun for kids. There is a suspenseful element – you have to carefully stack the states to balance to eventually reach the checkered line to pass the level – that kids love. Plus the colors and adorable state characters engage the child.
This app helps kids learn state capitals, shapes, famous landmarks, geographic locations, flags, state nicknames, state abbreviations, and more. As you pass levels, you earn a state and as you earn more states, you unlock four additional bonus games called Map It, Pile Up, Puzzler, and Capital Drop.
Think Stack the States but with countries. The same approach to learning geography (see above). Unlike Stack the States, you are able to control your experience. In other words, you can choose to focus on just one specific continent or play the whole world. You can also select which types of questions are asked within the app.
Stack the Countries includes learning about capitals, landmarks, major cities, continents, border countries, languages, flags, and country shapes.