Tag Archives: geography

DIY Map Puzzles – Pinned it and Did it

I saw this pin pop up on www.pinterest.com, and it was an ah-hah moment.

http://pinterest.com/pin/234961305530962428/Pinned Image

You’ll find the source of the idea and beautiful picture here:  http://www.natalme.com/locker-front-magnet-board/

We have been using Story of the World – Middle Ages by Susan Wise Bauer for history with Eden (7), Andres (9) and Leah (11), and each chapter has a mapping activity.  I thought this would be a great way to review and reinforce our map work.

First we followed the directions to complete our map.

Next we completely colored the map for aesthetics.

Andres laminated his map, cut it into six pieces, put magnets on the back of each piece, and put it back together on our refrigerator.

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Eden mounted her map on construction paper, cut it up into pieces and sent it to her grandmother who loves maps.

Leah cut her map into six pieces and glued it back together again onto construction paper.

Fun!

This is a great excuse to give you a link to one of my all-time favorite websites, www.owlandmouse.com.  You’ll find free printable outline maps of just about anywhere here, and you can print them any size you want.  This site prints the maps out on as many sheets of paper as you need for the size of map you select.  Then you lay out all the sheets, tape them together, and wallah, you have a huge, wall-sized map, a one-page map, or any size in between.

One of the best homeschool projects we ever did was we printed off a huge world map from this site, put it together on our wall, colored in all the water blue and then colored the countries as we read about them in our studies or encountered them in life.  Earthquake in Japan?  We found Japan on our map and colored it in.  New Sunday school teacher from Egypt?  We found Egypt on our map and colored it in.  Book about China?  We found China on our map and colored it in.

Incidentally, you’ll also find free interactive on-line map games on www.owlandmouse.com for every region of the world.  Take a look, take a trip – just don’t forget to write!

Going Global – Where in the World Are You???

Last night I figured out how to get the country of origin stats for my readers.

I was ever so blown away.

Visitors to this blog come from 49 different countries.  I had no idea!!!  (This number is climbing every week, 49 is the count as of 04-26-2012.)

I’ve loved the fact that I knew I had a dear reader in Ireland and one in Canada as well.

But 49 countries????  Here’s a list of them:

United States

United Kingdom

Barbados (added 05-03-2012)

Canada

Singapore

Slovenia (added 05-03-2012)

Australia

Ireland

South Africa

Japan

Taiwan

Iceland

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Republic of Korea

India

Qatar

Indonesia

Pakistan

Greece

India

France

Czech Republic

Germany

Phillippines

Sweden

South Africa

Finland

New Zealand

Bahrain

Bangledesh

Israel

Portugal

Poland

Democratic United Arab Emirates

Switzerland

Croatia

Mexico

Malaysia

Turkey

Italy (YAY Italy!!!!)

Vietnam

Argentina

Romania

Ukraine

Saudi Arabia

Netherlands

Dominica

Serbia (added April 28, 2012) – Welcome!!!

So, being homeschooler, you can bet I see a geography project somewhere in the near future.  I’ll tell you when I come up with it.  In the meantime, if you have friends or family around the world in countries not on this list, would you send them a link to this post and ask them to post a comment telling me what country they are from, how much a gallon of gas costs, and how much a gallon of milk costs?  (Actually, I don’t have that information for the countries listed, and I’d love to hear from my international readers, so even if your country is on that list, please leave me a comment with that information.)  Any additional information about your country of residence would be great as well, I think my kiddos (and me) would be interested in hearing any information about the nuances of the many different countries around the globe, how you spend your day, the social structure, culture, etc.

If you’re a blogger, be sure your comment name links to your blog or feel free to include it in  your comment.

Missionaries?  Give us the scoop on the people you are serving and how we can pray for you.  Please leave a link to your website in your comment so readers can learn more about you and what you are doing.

Thanks in advance, and where ever you are, thanks for spending a minute or two with me.

Blessings,

Alyson