I was trying to think of something fun for history class this year. I could buy curriculum, but I had this brilliant idea one day and decided I was going to run with it and see what happens. As it turns out, my kids absolutely love it! So I thought I would share it because it might be something fun you might want to try with your child as an activity to help them learn about countries around the world or even states in the U.S.
I call this Passport to Our World. The idea is to create a little booklet for your child which he or she will decorate, and inside fill it with different places that you “visit.” Here is my son’s book. We used a composition book, and we covered it in construction paper.
My son decorated the front with a drawing of him! Inside, I had him write a few facts down about Japan, and I had him draw a picture of the flag and glue it to the page.
He thought it was great! We found a great website with child oriented information about Japan. Since I have a Japanese cookbook, we are going to cook something later in the week using the cookbook. Bubby thinks it is awesome. Sissy Girl even got into it! I was so surprised that it went over so well.
We will be taking a different country or region to study every week, but if you are thinking about doing something like this just for fun, you can do as few or as many as you like. My children are 4 and 7, and I thought this would be a neat way to get them to enjoy history and geography. If you have any additional ideas, I would love to hear them!