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.
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.
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.