8 Ways To Teach Geography For Kids That Hate It
There are a lot of ways to teach geography for kids without it being tedious bookwork that could be boring and mundane. I love being able to teach in a hands-on way where kids have fun learning. For me social science is the most boring subject ever! Especially in elementary school. Learning about the states and capitals is so dry. Here are a few great ways to get kids into learning and being active in their learning. Great for kinesthetic learners.
1- Get a cell app that has all the states on it and check them off as you see them on licence plates. For older children have them learn the capitals too. Search the iTunes for ‘licence plate game.’ There is a few different ones that are all free. We reset the game before going on a road trip.
2- Get the Licence Plate Game board by Melissa and Doug. Flip each one as you see them. Great for road trips.
3- Check out the game Game of the States. It is a fun game for ages 8+. Kids learn about the states as they try to buy and sell their goods. This is a great STEM game too. Made by Winning Moves Games. Card for each state shows the shape of the state and says the capital, flower, bird and export along with an interesting fact.
4-Start a coin collection with quarters from states. Identify where they are from and get a storage case for them to keep track of the ones you have and which are missing.
5- Take a ROAD TRIP!!! Not kidding. You can do a 1 day trip, a weekend, or longer. Plan and map out all the interesting sites. Research to make sure they are open the days you’ll be passing through and if there is a cost to see the site. You can talk to your kids about the background of the site while you are enroute there. Check out our trip to Hearst Castle & Cambria.
6- Do a Flat Stanley project with you kids. Make your own Flat Stanley and get in some Facebook or online groups to connect with others.
7- Sign on to Free Rice. You can even make an account. Answer questions to help feed people rice with the World Food Program.
8- Subscribe to Little Passports. You can choose from four different age levels ages 6-12 and US and World editions as well as a science edition. My kids LOVE Little Passports and they are a great gift idea too.
Little Passports Has So Many Ways To Teach Geography:
World Edition: Ages 6-10, explore a new country each month with souvenirs and hands-on activities.
Science Expeditions: Ages 9 and up, reveal mysteries of the world through science experiments & activities.
Early Explorers: Ages 3-5, discover a new world theme each month, like Oceans, Music & Dinosaurs.
USA Edition: Ages 7-12, learn about two new states each month, with activity-packed State Journals.