The Map Project: Learning Through Play
For Christmas of 2014 I decided I wanted to do something different. I love travel (clearly) and so do our kids. They have so many questions about the world and the different countries we discuss. Through their curiosity a great opportunity was presented to teach them about our world, its people and the many cultures our beautiful blue home encompasses.
How do I do that in a way that doesn’t feel like I’m reading out of a text book? How do I make it fun and interesting?
This is how The Map Project started. I bought the kids this map for Christmas. We love this map because it’s large, brightly coloured, well labelled, laminated (important for durability) and the flags along the bottom are great reference points. We posted this somewhere convenient (in our dining room) where the kids can reach it, and each month they take turns picking a new country. They mark their chosen country with an orange sticker and we proceed to spend the month learning about that country. The first thing we do is colour the flag, learn its meaning, and post it along the top of our wall. The kids really enjoy this, and it is neat to watch their progression. Once a week, they help me cook a meal from that country. They grocery shop with me, they help prepare the meal, and we all try it together. Once a month we do a related craft as well. It’s a huge hit! All of our kids love it and are so excited when it is their turn to choose a country. They always ask when they get to do another project.
I have shared a number of pictures on Facebook and there is always such great feedback. People ask for recipes and enjoy seeing what we’ve done, so I’ve decided to make the Map Project available to anyone interested. Here I will post a link to each country we study, where you will find craft instructions and recipes for your family to make together. We hope you have as much fun with this as we do. If you choose to participate, we would love to see some of your pictures or feedback in our comments section. All I ask is that you keep in mind that not every recipe may be perfect (or 100% authentic). I do my best with what is available.