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This set of primary resources are designed to support primary teachers and pupils at this unprecedented time and offer the chance for all pupils within a household to work together to enjoy a range of hands-on geographical activities that require minimum use of screens and/or paper. Each resource offers a range of practical ideas that can be conducted at home, whilst encouraging pupils to think more widely about the world and their place in it. The activities attempt to limit, where possible, the need for adult input, so could be ideal for children to work on independently.
Boost your natural curiosity about the world around us with some more at-home geography fun!
at the dinner table, or in the car. Each player takes it in turns to name a country, starting with A, then B, then C, then D, etc. If you get stuck, look through an atlas and discover a new part of the world!
2. Make the above game more challenging by doing the same for capital cities and famous landmarks (quite tricky!), famous rivers, volcanoes, mountains, seas and so on.
3. Give it a name and draw its outline on a big piece of paper; plot its capital city, some exciting landmarks and interesting places to visit. What type of animals and plants can be found in your country? What language is spoken, what food is eaten and what is the national currency?
4. : which member of the family can name the most countries and their capital cities in 60 seconds? Allow different challenge times for children of different ages. You can download the free if you'd like a ready-made game to try.
5. Locate a local geographical feature – a river, stream, hill, coastline, island, mountain or valley – and locate it on a map, then visit it.
6. Flick through an atlas and . Can you pronounce them correctly and find out two facts about them?
7. Use the free map on Google Earth to . Gaze over the landscapes, zoom in and imagine what life is like in the Sahara, the Serengeti or Siberia. We've also become addicted to a new , which asks you to guess locations based on images... challenge the whole family!
8. How many continents have they visited?
9. Throw a plastic globe in the air; whoever catches it has to name the places where their thumbs have landed. If their thumb lands on a country ask the player to name its capital and a river or mountain range found within it.
11. Put together a collection of toy animals. Can you place them on a big map according to where they come from?
13. A cut-open plastic bottle can be a rain guage (mark centimeters up the side), a compass can help identify the direction of the wind and, if you cut the toe off a lightweight sock and attach it to a stick, it will literally become a wind sock. Make a chart and record the weather for a period of time and see how much it changes. You can also get more sophisticated with thermometers, barometers and anemometers, and why not present your findings as a weather report?
14. Make a town or village guide of where you live! Include maps and illustrations.