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.