Learning about geography and different cultures are tons of fun, for both adults and kids! I realized yesterday (during our Brazil “virtual camp”) that my kids know that there are seven continents, but when I asked them “what are the continents of the world?” … I got blank stares from our kindergartner triplets! So let’s close that gap in our children’s knowledge!
After learning the names for the seven continents, please keep the learning going by doing a free “World Traveler” virtual camp from the following list!
Geography Activities for Kids
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What are the continents of the world?
Can you name the seven continents of the world? Let’s learn a little about each continent, before learning the 7 continents song!
Would you like to learn all about Asia? Then, this Asia for Kids lesson plan is perfect for you to explore the continent that contains almost 60% of the world’s population!
The hottest continent in the world is Africa. The Sahara Desert covers 25% of Africa. Check out this Africa for Kids lesson plan to learn tons of interesting facts!
3. North America
This continent is exclusively in the Northern Hemisphere, with the majority of it also being in the Western Hemisphere.
4. South America
The Amazon rainforest is in South America, and it is the largest forest in the world. This special rainforest covers approximately 40% of South America. The largest country in South America is Brazil. Learn more Brazil Facts!
While Africa is the hottest continent, Antarctica is the coldest! The continent of Antarctica is almost entirely covered in ice. The only people who can be found there are scientists at various research stations and tourists. Nobody lives permanently in Antarctica.
Even though Europe is the second smallest continent, it is actually the third largest in terms of population. There are 50 countries in Europe, 27 of which form the European Union (EU).
The continent of Australia is the least populated, but take a look at these spectacular Australian Animals!
The 7 Continents Song
Here’s a catchy song that is guaranteed to automatically start playing in your head (even when you are an adult), whenever someone asks,”what are the continents of the world?”
These are some of my family’s favorite geography games for kids! Adults may even learn a thing or two!
1. The World Game: Geography Card Game
You won’t outgrow The World Game, because you can customize the level from easy to difficult! The game covers all of the countries in the world, including where each is located, their capitals and their flags.
2. Guess in 10
When you play Guess in 10, you will learn about 52 different cities around the world. You are allowed to ask up to ten questions, in order to guess which city your opponent has on their card. For example, you might ask, “is the city in Africa?” or “is it a country’s capital?”
If you combine the game of dominoes with a map, you would get Mapominoes! Players can only lay down their cards if the countries share a border with each other. You do not need to know your geography (or which countries are connected) before you play this game, but you certainly will learn a lot after you play a few times! There are several versions including the following:
Geography Books for Kids
Another way to teach your kids more fun geography facts is by reading the following books. These geography books for kids are well loved in our home! Some are even available for free with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, which you can try for free (and you do not even need a Kindle).
1. Smithsonian Children’s Illustrated Atlas
The photography in the Smithsonian Children’s Illustrated Atlas is phenomenal! There are also tons of fun facts about culture, history, geography and landscape of various places around the world.
2. The Travel Book: A journey through every country in the world
I often find my kids just randomly browsing through The Travel Book: A journey through every country in the world. Lonely Planet Kids wrote this book to expose our kids to 200 different countries. Each country has it’s own page in the book full of fun facts including wildlife, food, sports, culture and more. If you are only going to buy one geography book for kids, this is the one!
3. The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A. with 50 fact-filled maps
Our absolute favorite kids book that covers the fifty states of America in detail is The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A. with 50 fact-filled maps. The brightly-colored, infographic-style maps are fun to look at. There is even a complete guide to American presidents and U.S. state flags.
4. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the World
For our younger kids, the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the World is a great one to start with. The book contains maps that are readable by kids and fun facts about capitals, climate, landscape, animals, languages and more!
What Are The Continents of The World?: Final Test!
So here is the big question… can your kids now answer the question “what are the continents of the world?” If so, take a video and share it on Facebook! Make sure to include a link to this website or to our Facebook Group and Facebook Page, so that we can see it too!
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