Thursday, October 16, 2008

Geography Fun...

Maybe the bears in a previous post were bent on world domination, inspired by our geography game. We were studying the North American region of the world. The game, as suggested by My Father's World, said to have circles for each country.

I made cards - we're to look at the card and guess where the country was by putting a marker on the circle for that country. Let me just say, Mini-Me caught on really fast.

The first time they used whatever counting things we could find. I realized that the countries needed some sort of color to differentiate and help distinguish the countries from each other.

Here's what one looked like after I colored the countries:
I thought it would be fun to use M&M's as markers for the countries - because then we could clean up the game by eating our markers.
But knowing how much the kids wiggle - and how easy it is for M&M's to be scattered - I used magnets and a cookie sheet. This is my game 'piece' - and what it looked like without colors.
It was a fun way to learn the smaller countries of Central America.

Mini-Me won the game, by one marker.

We all won in the end, because we all ate M&M's.

Geography rocks.


Halfmoon Girl said...

cool idea- the m&m's wouldn't have made it home from the grocery store if I was the one facilitating that game!

Poopsie said...

I think is a really cool idea. It goes to show how wonderful it is to be able to homeschool. You can easily adapt to make your successful, and everyone gets the prize at the end for trying. :)
Cindy P :)
PS: I know you have tons of awrads, but I am giving you another... Come see, okay? :)

Livin' Life said...

I love your creativity and thinking out of the box for education. It's great!!!

Our Peculiar Life said...

Great idea! I will have to borrow it next year. ;-)

KarenW said...

That sounds like a lot of fun, especially the m and m part!

Tammi Kay said...

I love the magnet/cookie sheet idea. Not only is it neat and tidy but I find my kids like things better when there is a twist to the way materials are used. The more 'game-like' the better. I guess they think it's more 'official'