Monday, 5 September 2011

Map and Continent Lesson For Toddler

How do you teach a toddler about the map? In our case it means stickers and singing.

This is our map with the puffy car stickers. ('Cars' is our room theme)


Tiger loves his World Map. No, he's not a genius. Thank goodness! I would be so stressed if he was. He can't point out the different countries to me.

The idea is simply 'visiting' a different country every week and he gets to put a sticker on the map ala Tweedlewink.



Basically, we will learn about the country's flag and I'll download a few powerpoint presentations from http://www.brillkids.com/ to expose Tiger to the country's language. Nothing too fancy or serious as we are just having fun.
I have been trying to teach him the continents for the longest time and it finally happened.

This is my cheapo version of The  Montessori Continent Map.

The colours of the cards corresponded to the map except for Australia :)

Materials:

1. Print continent map from Google image. Make it a cute A5 size for travel convenience.

2. Laminate.

3. I used the small continents flashcards from Tweedlewink for convenience. You make make them easily.

4. Place small velcro pieces on the map and Tweddlewink continent cards. (I couldn't find dot velcro, so i bought the strip velcro type with the sticky back and cut accordingly)

Note: The continent printout is based on the continent color palette of Montessori geography materials:
  • North America: orange
  • South America: pink
  • Afrika: green
  • Europe: red
  • Antartica: white
  • Asia: yellow
  • Australia: brown
Then I sing this song from Youtube as I place the cards. Trust me, if I can sing this, you can.


Tiger having fun with the map
 It's a hit! I mean the map, not my singing :)
We have songs for most of our activities since Tiger's so in love with music.


We are linking up with Tot School:


We are still in the midst of Letter G week. Head over to see what other toddlers have been up to!



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