Encouraging Global Thinking: Kids and Maps

Exploring the world with our Leapfrog map

Raising children who understand the world they live in is a high priority for me, especially with family members spread across the globe. Maps are one of the easiest steps to accomplishing that goal!

I started my kids off with a very simple felt map of the continents of the world – this works even with children who like to eat things! I have a basic continents template here, if you would like to make one of your own!

Encouraging global thinking by looking at weather around the world

We have since added a globe, and a large wall map of the world. I love using weather as a jumping off point for talking about different parts of the world and seasons! My kids also love playing with our LeapFrog Tag World Map, and we are starting to explore the world using Google Maps as described in the Exploring Geography post on Thailand written by Jenni of The Good Long Road.

How do you use maps with your children?

This post was written as part of an ongoing cross-blog conversation I’m running with Melitsa of Play Activities about ways parents can encourage global thinking and understanding. Here is Melitsa’s post about using maps, my post about global games, and Melitsa’s post about global games. Here is the next question we will be looking at: How can we use charitable opportunities to encourage global understanding?

Comments

  1. says

    We should definitely make kids aware of the world they live in. I must start now. We have books in the library about developing early map skills in kids. That could be a good start for my 6-year old.

  2. Born27 says

    This is the best way to start our kids learn about the world. My daughter already memorized 10 countries. She’s only three years old.

  3. says

    My kids love talking about it being night where Grandma is when it’s day here, and other things that are fascinating about this world we live on – like snow in the US when it’s scorching here. I still need to do that world map with weather… love that idea!!

  4. says

    I am with you. It’s very important for me to raise global awareness in our daughter. Luckily, it comes with the territory for her – being raised in Silicon Valley in the family of first generation immigrants. It’s interesting to see her class – she has kids with roots in China, Japan, India, Israel, England, etc. And even though we are not a TV family, we are recording and watching Olympics now – I just wish NBC stopped focusing obsessively on American athletes!

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