Learning the Continents for Kids

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Learning the Continents for Kids
Pointing out the continents to children using a globe is one way to begin learning about them. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Some of children's first geography lessons begin by learning the continents. From that point, you are able to teach them about countries, states and then individual cities. When children have a visual grasp of location, they can more readily learn. Starting with the continents is a logical first step. Using a lesson plan that incorporates entertainment can further facilitate fast and efficient learning.

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Things you need

  • One large bouncy ball per student
  • Blue paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Newspaper
  • Continent stencils
  • Construction paper
  • Safety scissors
  • Markers
  • Glue

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  1. 1

    Lay down newspaper to prevent paint from getting on desk surfaces. Have kids paint their bouncy balls blue.

  2. 2

    Place the painted balls in a cool, dry place, and allow them to dry overnight.

  3. 3

    Pass out the continent stencils, construction paper, markers and scissors. Have kids trace the stencils onto their construction paper and cut them out. They can share stencils if there are not enough for each student to have his own.

  4. 4

    Show kids a map, and ask them to identify the continents they have cut out. Have the kids label the continents.

  5. 5

    Help the kids to glue the continents to the map in the proper location and in relation to each other.

  6. 6

    Have each child put his name and/or initials on the globe so he knows which one is his. Set balls aside to let the glue dry.

  7. 7

    Pass out the globes to the students after they are dry. To round out the lesson, you can teach the song, "I've Got The Whole World in My Hands."

Tips and warnings

  • Children today need not only be equipped with basic skills and knowledge that their parents were taught, they also need to learn computer and Internet skills. One way to marry the two lessons is by using online sources to teach children the names of the continents. On the Play Kids Games web site, you'll find a game called Name the Continents. Children will have to click and drag the continent names to the correct colour-coded continent on the map.
  • To make continent stencils, draw outlines of the continents (small enough to fit on the balls) on manila envelopes and cut them out.

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