June 23, 2017

3 Easy Ways to Show Your Kids the World (Without Leaving Your Hometown)

little passports

Little Passports

Not everyone can travel to faraway places during summer vacation, but there are several fabulous programs available to school-age kids to get them learning about new cultures and landmarks. Take a look at three programs ideal for bringing the country and the world to your kids. 

Michaels’ Passport to Imagination: On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 17 through August 2, head to Michaels between 10 am and noon for in-store crafts focused on each of our seven continents (one each week). As part of the Passport to Imagination program, children will make crafts representing different countries, like a koi fish for Japan and a yarn soccer goal for Argentina. Best for kids ages five and up.

Little Passports: With Little Passports, children can learn about either a new country or two U.S. states every month when they receive that month’s Explorer Kit (global) or Discovery Kit (U.S.). Kids will receive maps, stickers, activitiy sheets and access to online games associated with that month’s country or states. Best for kids ages five to 12.

Scholastic Summer Challenge: When kids take the Scholastic Summer Challenge they can track the progress of all worldwide readers involved in the program. Follow an online meter that tracks the number of minutes read as it moves up to different places, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy and the Pyramids in Egypt. Each level offers opportunities for kids to learn about landmarks around the world.

In addition to the programs above, I also really like GeoPuzzle jigsaw puzzles. We have several of these, including GeoPuzzle World and GeoPuzzle USA & Canada, both of which are great ways to learn about different states and countries. Another favorite in our house is GeoBingo USA.

Do you have any favorite programs or activities that you like to engage in with your kids to help show them the country or the world? Let me know in the comments section below.

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  1. Great ideas! I love that Michaels is doing this program. I’ll have to check it out this summer with my kids.

  2. Great post! I’m a geographer and love finding activities like these to share with my kids. I recently introduced my two oldest kids to google maps with panoramio and YouTube layers turned on, and also showed them how to use the 360 street view. They enjoyed looking up places they’ve learned about in school.

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