Do the Olympics have your kids asking what country is where?
Our wall map and atlas have been getting a work out as we find out where exactly the rower from Niger lives, or where the country is located that is sending the smallest Olympic team to this year’s games.
We’ve also pulled out a few favourite map related games and puzzles. Our Usbourne flag puzzle is sadly out of production it seems. If you spy one in a thrift store or at a garage sale, it’s a great way to learn flags of the world.
My kids love an older game called Globe Trotting which is played like twister on a large plastic world map. It’s fun to repurpose the map for all sorts of story telling and play with blocks, Lego and Playmobil.
Still one of their favourites is trying to stump mum or dad with facts read out of our atlases. We have a few but we love our Reader’s Digest Children’s Atlas of the World. For little ones just figuring out the concept of maps, we loved Me on the Map and there are some creative projects online to go with the book. And this paper mache globe looks like fun.
There are some fun “locate this country” online games available through this website.
Monday, July 30 Lots of fun at the library today. At 10:00 am the West End branch has DIY Craft: Puppets for ages ges 3 years and u and at Bullfrog Branch kids ages 4 and up can have fun with DIY Craft: Funky Caterpillars. At 10:30 at the Main branch kids 2-6 can Dance Around the [...]
Guelph gets a little quiet for the last weekend of July. Something about that Hillside Festival But there are still plenty of fun free things to do with your family. If you travel to Kitchener on Saturday, afternoon you can take in the Civic District Block Party where you will find free family-friendly activities [...]
We’re busy at our house planning out our Olympic viewing. This rainy Thursday seems like a perfect chance to do some crafts and activities to get ready for the Olympics. Decorate in Olympic style. Make an Olympic flag to hang outside or in your window and talk to your kids about the meaning behind the rings. Add some flair [...]
Summer is full of great opportunities for outings and trips to festivals, theme parks, zoos and more. But taking kids to busy events requires a bit of advance planning. Here are some tips and ideas to keep your kids safe while you are having fun. Before you go: Do some role playing around safety. Gavin [...]