After reading the tittle you are probably wondering exactly what is a continent box. A continent box is a great way to help your children learn about the different continents in the world. I have found that by putting these things together way in advance it will really help you with not being stressed out when it is time to move to the next lesson. It also comes in handy if you have more than one child. You can give the age appropriate continent box to one child while you are working with another child. Below are a few ideas and suggestions to get you started in figuring out what to put in your kit.
Step 1: Find the right books
Start by finding the right book about the continents. The book should be age appropriate for your child. For younger kids you will want to go with picture books. For older kids you will want to go with books that contain a few more interesting facts. I have found that just including one book in the kit is a good idea. You don’t want to overwhelm them with a ton of books.
Step 2: Get creative with maps
Of course if you are learning about the continents you will want to include a few maps. You can find a nice variety of free printable maps online. If you have a laminate machine you can easily laminate the maps after you print them out. This way the maps can be used for other children later on. The maps can show the entire continent, or even break down the roads, hills, and mountains that are found there as well.
Step 3: Throw in some recipes
Next you can do a little bit of research and find recipes that are found on the continent you are studying. The recipes will make for a great group project. I have found that most kids find this to be the most enjoyable part of the continent box. Try to include at least three of the most popular recipes. This way you can really stretch out the continent lesson a bit longer. Why learn about just one when you can learn about so much more.
Step 4: Add a game
There are so many games that you may help to learn about the continents it only makes sense to add one. Of course you don’t have to go out and buy one. If you see a game that you like, but it is not within your budget, you can get creative and make a copy of the game. Or if you are even more creative you can make up your own game to help the kids learn about the continent.
Step 5: Money, Stamps, and Souvenirs
Depending on what continent you are studying you may find that the currency, is a bit different and probably the stamps as well. Most of these items you should have no problem finding on the internet. Look for lessons that pertain to the continent you are working on, and you should have no problem finding a bunch of free printables. You may be able to order a free souvenir for your children if they have a tourism website.