That’s So Pinteresting: Geography Visual Aids

Zoey frequently asks questions that are geography related: “How far away is Boise?” “Are we in Seattle still?” She also confuses the concepts of cities and states, and really hasn’t been able to grasp what a country or continent is. We bought a little inflatable globe so we could better explain the idea of The World to her and point out different countries. When I stumbled upon this Where Do I Live activity on Pinterest, I jumped on it. Zoey just really seemed to need a visual aid to grasp these concepts (understandably!) and this seemed perfect.

It was super quick and easy to make. I just googled and printed out pictures for Earth (planet), North America (continent), United States of America (country), Washington (state), Seattle (city) and our address (thanks Google streetview!).

I pasted the pictures onto construction paper, in descending sizes (biggest for planet, smallest for our home). This meant making sure I scaled the pictures appropriately as well. I also decided to make them in rainbow order, as that has been something Zoey is really into lately.

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It only took going through these once or twice before Zoey had it down. She now talks about the planet Earth we live on, different countries and continents, and is grasping a firmer idea of cities and states. The whole project took me less than twenty minutes to put together (including time spent looking for images), and I would say it was time well spent!

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