While traveling, we make learning geography a big part of our schooling. We start young with this one our preschooler is learning about maps and the directions (North, East, South and West). They are learning how to follow maps at each location we visit and learning geography from our travels. But we have a problem….
Map Themed Preschool Worksheets Printable Pack
Our problem is this; my kids seem to think each new state we visit is in a new country. They are always asking me ‘ Oh we are in Delaware what country are me in now?' So I;m having to work with them on their locations a bit more.
I am doing that the fun way! We started with a dry erase map if the United States on the wall in their bedroom. We use this to show what state we are in and how we get from one location to the next and when we talk about different areas we show them on the map. We also use this as a way for the kids to learn their states, capitals, and boarding states. I feel it's always good to have a visual.
Next, we bought this Decal Map for the side of our RV to show where we have been and they kids take turns putting the stickers on when we visit different states.
We have also used a few books as well. For our younger kids we like the book Follow That Map!: A First Book of Mapping Skills and for our older kids we like the book Maps and Globes (Reading Rainbow Book).
If you have the room, this Melissa and Doug United State Floor Puzzle is fun for them and us. We don't have the room anymore in our RV, but when we were in our house, we loved doing this in the living too.
Now on to the free printable!
This pack has a roll and graph game, a memory match game; A make your own map section which is complete with cut outs to paste and use. Last but not least there is a section for them to draw their own map of someplace they love to visit.
What items do you use to help your kids learn about geography and maps?