30 Fun Geography Activities for Kids

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I believe so strongly in the importance of our children having a global perspective– knowing the world is so much more than about them, their neighborhood, and their country. I’ve found over 30 fun books, games, & playful activities to help facilitate knowledge of geography and a global perspective.

Geography Activities for Kids

Geography Activities for Kids

The most important thing for kids to start with is learning their home address. You’d be surprised how many kids don’t know or have forgotten their home address. (And phone number.) Practice this often!

Read about geography and maps.

Books with maps and about maps are a great addition to your reading choices.

Geography Books for Kids

Play map games.

Gamifying any concept helps kids learn. These games are great ways to engage young learners to learn geography. Don’t miss The Scrambled States or Ticket to Ride — two favorites of ours.

map games for children

Geography Activities for Kids

Complete map puzzles.

Pull out a puzzle map and you’ll be amazed at how much this helps kids learn geography.

map puzzles for kids

Make your own maps.

If you haven’t made your own maps, I highly recommend it. Start with your house or neighborhood or room.

Extend your geography learning with play.

I love these playful geography ideas!

Out and About Geography Ideas

30+ geography activities for kids (

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9 Responses

  1. We love maps at our house! I bought a map for our family room where we put pins in all the places we’ve visited. The kids love it, and it is a great keepsake.

    We’ll be sure to check out the Scrambled States game. Looks cute!

  2. My toddler (2.5 yo) recently became very interested in maps when we grabbed one at a hotel for him to play with in the hotel room. He loves looking at them – finding numbers, airplanes, landmarks, so I love having even more ideas for using maps with him. His uncle recently moved to Thailand, so we’ve been using Google Maps — if you click on the yellow man you can move him around to any place on the map and then see a Google Earth image of that place. My toddler loves doing this!

  3. OMGosh, Melissa! These are G-R-E-A-T! We will be sure to highlight your site and this article in particular on our website and in an upcoming story for our weekly education newsletter (we have 850 educators in 20 countries following our journey). If you have other ideas on ways we can help you, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email.

    Love what you are doing here!

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    Darren

    Darren Van Soye
    Co-founder, TrekkingthePlanet
    http://TrekkingthePlanet.net

  4. We LOVE maps! Great ideas for all ages!! Geo-literacy is an important skill that many schools don’t have the time to teach- yet how can our students be successful without map skills? It is so wonderful when parents start teaching their kids about the world from a young age:).

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