Learning Geography with Games and a Beach Ball

April 9, 2012

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We’ve been homeschool geography slackers for quite some time.

Do you have any good geography suggestions?  I’m considering some kind of wall map and maybe a bigger globe that doesn’t break the bank.  If you have ideas for games, puzzles, maps, globes, etc., I’d love to hear them.

Here’s what we’ve been doing lately in my attempt to bring my kids up to speed.

We bought a Quick Pix Geography game an sale for $10 on Amazon:

The kids pulled out our dollar store world map place mat to help.

How to play:

  • Each kid gets 5 region cards.
  • The dealer flips a country card over
  • The first person to match their ‘region’ card correctly to the country card wins the match
  • 5 matches wins.
  • Have fun.

And then I went looking for a globe.  Sheesh!  Who knew how expensive globes were?

Not to mention my kids would probably break it.  So, instead of spending over $100 on a quality globe, we went with the $6 special:

Yep – a plastic beach ball inflatable globe.  It’s actually been working out well, except it’s a bit small.

I haven’t come up with any better ideas, so I’d love to hear yours.  Thanks!

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  1. docmisty May 6, 2012 7:10 pm

    What a great idea! Thanks.

  2. Tab May 6, 2012 11:16 am

    We Received a floor puzzle map for Xmas this year and have had a ton of fun playing map twister…left hand on Japan, right hand on korea….right foot on south America…well, you get the idea. 🙂 the cost of the map was a bit high, I think, but we use it as a floor covering, a puzzle, a map and a game.

  3. docmisty April 30, 2012 9:46 pm

    Nice idea – my son was just doing some current news reading for a scout merit badge and it was fun to tie in the geography with the international news.

    Misty

  4. homeschoolchris April 30, 2012 9:42 pm

    We taught this along with history and economics by combining it all into one subject. If you can visualize the geographic area being studied you can figure out the available economic resources and then look at their history to see how it was all developed. Example: If you are studying a desert area that does not have any water resources then the people are not going to have a thriving farming area, how did this impact their history?

  5. docmisty April 17, 2012 1:13 pm

    Glad you liked it. 🙂

  6. Andrew April 17, 2012 1:59 am

    Nice post

  7. docmisty April 10, 2012 9:34 am

    Awesome Anne – just the kind of tip I was looking for. $20 isn’t bad and would definitely be less of a worry if it’s broken. Thanks!

  8. Anne April 9, 2012 9:04 pm

    Every fall Walmart has a pretty decent globe, packaged in a cardboard box, for $20. We picked ours up in the clearance aisle for a few dollars less later in the season. Not as much fun as a beach ball, but it looks legit on the entry way table.

  9. The Global Digital April 9, 2012 6:36 pm

    looks fun ill try this with my niece

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