August 25, 2016
Geography is a subject that’s strongly emphasized in our house. It’s at the top of the list of our core subjects. When it comes to Social Studies in general, I’m always looking for fun ways to introduce a new topic. I’ve learned that the best way to make a good impression on my kids is through hands-on activities. Keeping them engaged not only holds their attention but they are also able to retain information much more easily.
I love TOOB® products because they can be used for so many things, and there is such a variety. I usually get them from our local A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts store. The Ancient Egypt TOOB® was the first pack we used for a history project on the Nile River. The miniatures were perfect for my son’s diorama to illustrate how important the river was to the Ancient Egyptians. This was such a fun project.
My oldest loves architecture, so when he stumbled on the Around the World TOOB® and World Landmarks TOOB®, I knew I had to come up with a fun project. He wanted to learn about the landmarks, where they were located, and what they symbolized. I made sure to take advantage of this opportunity because I could incorporate a lesson on both Geography and History at the same time and possibly turn it into an educational project for both kids.
The Around the World toob pack includes:
The World Landmarks toob pack includes:
I started searching for ideas and I was happy to have found this site, which contains printables in the form of cards that go with both sets of toobs. Finding these cards was a bonus! I deviated from the suggestions in the site, although they include additional ideas as well. (This is a great project for homeschoolers as well as nonhomeschoolers.)
Before beginning our project, I pulled up real images of the monuments and landmarks through a simple Google search so my children could see the true beauty of each one. I then printed the cards from the site referenced above. We cut each one out and glued them to white poster board.
First, my 8-year-old becomes familiar with each miniature landmark and its name. He then matches them to the picture, recalling which continent they are on as well as what country they are in.
After that, he heads over to the world map, identifies where each landmark belongs, and places the miniature there.
This is a great way to supplement our already existing Geography curriculum to reinforce where each continent and country is in a fun and relaxing way.
Finally, we’ll gather additional resources from either the library or Internet and start taking notes on the fascinating history, such as when each landmark was built and why. I’d also like him to have the opportunity to draw pictures of his favorite landmarks as well.
You may be wondering how younger children can get involved in this project too. While they might not be ready to read or recognize continents or countries on the map yet, they will enjoy matching each miniature to the pictured landmark. The next step will be to name them, which is a bit more challenging, and then you can help them map each one, starting with the United States landmarks. I’m pretty sure my 4-year-old already knows where New York is since we talk about it so much. They’ll really enjoy this project.
And that’s it for our lesson on world landmarks. I’ll be sure to post about our next TOOB® project, which most likely will be on the U.S. Presidents 🙂
I’d love to hear any other ideas you may have or your latest hands-on projects and/or activities your kids have enjoyed.
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