History and geography can be dull and boring, but they don’t have to be! When my 3 year old daughter (M) started showing an interest in maps, I decided it would be fun to find hands-on, interactive ways for her to explore places around the world. We can’t just hop on a plane and visit all of these places (I wish)!
Make Maps and Globes Accessible and Fun
Leave a globe and maps out for exploration. I love interactive globes and maps that kids can use on their own. M likes randomly selecting places on her globe and listening to facts about those locations. She also loves to locate places we have visited or states where family and friends live on her USA wall map.
Small World Play
Read Engaging Books
Cook Your Way Around the World
I’ll be honest. M isn’t the most adventurous eater these days. But, she loves to cook! Even if she won’t taste all of the different foods we make, she is still able to see, touch and smell all kinds of ingredients and new foods. Plus, she is learning about kitchen safety, following directions, measuring, temperatures, time, and more! I encourage her to try at least one bite of everything we make, and she has liked several dishes she thought she wouldn’t!
Celebrate International Holidays
Every culture has their own celebrations, and who doesn’t love a party? Holidays are the perfect excuse to learn about new places. You could choose a holiday that is celebrated in many places around the world, like Christmas or New Year, and compare how different cultures celebrate. Or, you can find holidays that are specific to certain regions and learn about the history and traditions associated with that holiday. There are so many great options!
We recently celebrated Chinese New Year as we learned about Asia.