Flags for Continent Boxes

Continent Boxes are a fun DIY Montessori project and they’re something that can always be growing and changing.  You can keep adding new things to them.  If people go on a trip, ask them to bring back a little knick knack to add to it and bring back your own when your family travels.  I’m not finished all my Continent Boxes yet.  I still have Europe and Africa left to make and right now they’re pretty minimal, mainly just Toob figures and pictures to match.  So when I came across this idea in the Montessori Homeschooling Facebook group, I was really excited.  It was so simple and inexpensive.

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The flag stickers are from this book.

I already had the little wood rectangles from a long time ago.  I got them from this etsy store.  The book has two sets of each sticker, a larger one and a smaller one.  I put the larger one on the wood rectangles.  Since the stickers are reusable, they’re not very sticky so I sealed them with two coats of a glue finish (note, do a very thin coat first or the stickers bubble).  I only sealed the top, not the whole wood piece.

The book came with lovely labelled world maps.  The smaller stickers I stuck on the maps.  Then I put them in page protectors and a duotang so that it can be used as a reference.  I plan to get some little draw string bags to keep the flags in.

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Flags are not something that’s generally taught in school, but I find them fun to learn, especially in engaging ways like with the Pin Map and these little tokens.  Also, you’ll be surprised how often you see flags.  I was very proud when I could identify the flags flying at the factor near the grocery store and the other day Pumpkin 1 and I were at KW surplus and they had a ton of flags hanging up.  I was surprised when she told me the one which I couldn’t remember was the Newfoundland and Labrador flag.

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Asia

We started some Asia geography with matching figures to cards to increase vocabulary and learn about the animals and places of interest in Asia.  I used the Around the World and the World Landmarks toobs as well as the Wild toob, birds toob (for the peacock) and Wild Republic Tube, I think it was the Africa one, I used the elephant from it.  I also purchased a panda bear (actually I already had it) a yak and a red panda (because they’re just so cute).  I changed the spots on the jaguar with paint to make it a leopard.

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Asia is my favourite continent to do since I lived in India.  However, I have never been to the Taj Mahal!  But the rest of my family have so I’m going to get some pictures from my mother along with other pictures to make a book about India.

Here is the PDF of the cards for your personal use.

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Australia Continent Box

I love geography.  I think I’ve already said that.  I’m working on Continent Boxes.  The first one we did was Australia because Pumpkin 1 kept talking about it and it was the easiest to put together in terms of toob figures.  These are our little objects.

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They mostly came from the Safari Ltd Down Under Toob.  The Moai came from the Around the World Toob. The Sydney Opera House I ordered off of Ebay, as well the kookaburra I got off Ebay too.

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I had an extra iguana from a Wild Republic tube.  I made a card for it but I haven’t printed it yet.  Here is the set of cards I made: Australia Cards  We keep them in a suitcase like box from the Dollar Store.

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I also included picture cards from Montessori Print Shop and these books from Amazon

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The small book is great for young children.  The big book is more for older kids but you can go through and talk about the pictures with younger children.  I also printed off a map of Australia, Oceana and New Zeland and laminated them.  Down the road I hope to add money from the area and other knick knacks as I acquire them. Other ideas of things to include are: music, recipes, movies, flags, dolls dressed in local clothing.

The Continent boxes are designed for opening discussion and dialogue with children.  It helps increase vocabulary and well as give children an understanding of the great world around them. Your box can grow over time.  If you have friends travelling, perhaps they can bring back little souvenirs for your box.  But if not, there is a lot of things available on ebay or you can stick with photos and books.

If you’re looking for ideas for gifts these holidays the Safari Ltd Toobs are great.  The more you have the better for making Continent boxes and they can also be used for Sound Boxes and biomes.  Schleich animals are also great and I’ll be using them for some of my other Continent boxes.