Unfortunately, the world as we know it has stopped. Spring has arrived and our vacation plans have been put on hold due to the Coronovirus COV-19.
Since Nathan enjoys learning about geography we still continue exploring the world at home. Nathaniel loves to travel. He is fascinated by the United States and the world globe. When Nathan was 2 years old, he learned all 50 states of America and assemble the United States of America jigsaw floor puzzle all by himself.
Nathaniel enjoys puzzles so we use this as an opportunity to engage him in learning. The United States of America puzzle by Melissa & Doug was a fun jigsaw floor puzzle for him. He immediately fell in love with the challenge and mastered assembling the 51 piece puzzle without the instructions in less than two weeks. The puzzle teaches kids about the capital of all 51 states. You can get yours here. To help reinforce his learning we also incorporated a fun you tube video that he could understand and sing a long while assembling the puzzle. The United States of America song by Kids Learning Tube will have your entire family dancing, learning and singing a long.
Once Nathaniel mastered the United States puzzle, Nathaniel's curiosity opened up to an interest in the world globe. Nathaniel's Christmas gift was the perfect starter to introduce him to the world globe, the Explore World Puzzle.
The Explore World Puzzle is a kids friendly puzzle with an engaging mobile application that increases the child knowledge on the major attractions around the world.
To further stimulate his interest and make his geography learning experience more enjoyable, we travel as a family to different state landmarks where Nathaniel would identify the shape of the states and learn more about the top tourist attraction in each state. We also traveled worldwide and visited some of the major historical figures he has been learning about with the Explore World toy.
Since the puzzle is not ideal to travel with, he traveled with Nathan 's Around the Globe Ball. This is a very tiny hand held globe soft ball. To our surprise Nathaniel was able to identify over 50 countries and the continent of Africa all by himself even on the small globe ball.
When we traveled to Paris in February 2020, Nathaniel carried his foam ball world globe everywhere we went and periodically he would say "look we are here", as he points to France of his mini globe. Nathaniel made a list of places he would like to visit. His top three on his list are St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Africa, and Vatican City.
Unfortunately our travel plans had to be put on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic but Nathaniel continues to explore world geography with his mini foam ball globe, his United States of America Puzzle, and the Explore World kit.
Your little one can still learn about the world at home with these educational tools. Expose them to famous historical figure and tourist attractions around the world. Although these toys are recommended for 6 years old kids, Nathaniel was able to learn from them since he was 2 years old.
We would love to hear about your little explorer. Does your child enjoy world geography? What learning tools do you use to encourage their learning? Please share in the comment section below.