One thing I have focused on teaching my son since starting homeschool, is where he lives. Yet teaching geographical concepts and answering “Where Do I Live?” to a 5-year-old is a lot more complicated than it seems.
After all, we live in a city, in a state, in a country and a continent. That’s a lot to remember!
After attempting to explain it all (to the best of my ability!) Rylan is still left thinking there are 7 continents in Virginia and we live in the state of South America. Now you see my dilemma…
I understand that in time he will grasp the vastness of the Earth and then be able to put it all into perspective, but I definitely feel there are better ways to visually make this easier for him.
So today when his school had a “snow” day, I wanted to break out the craft supplies and do something fun and educational that might just answer “Where do I live?”
I came across this project by 123 Home School 4 Me and decided it was perfect. Not only would it help with address memorization, but it scales from the bigger picture (Earth) to the smaller picture (home) and gives children a better understanding of ALL the locations they live, right down to the street and house number.
And as Rylan is learning about maps in school, I figured it would be a great addition to his general education as well. Follow along to see how we made ours!
This “Where Do I Live?” project gives children a better understanding of ALL the locations they live, right down to the street and house number.
1. Gather your supplies!
- Construction Paper (I cut these into squares, starting with 3″x3″ and then marking the others 1″ larger than the previous one)
- Coloring Supplies
- Hole Puncher
- Glue Stick
- Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets (optional)
- Printer Paper for the images (I cut these into squares, starting with 2″x2″ and then marking the others 1″ larger than the previous one)
- Binder Ring or String to put it all together
2. Print out pictures of your country, state, city, etc.
The following images were specific to us, but I am happy to share them with you. You can easily google “_____ clip art” and find the images that apply to you.
Print your images on plain paper and cut out.
3. Cut your construction paper backgrounds
Cut your construction paper into different sizes. As the sizes get smaller, the more concentrated the geographical areas are. Then label them, starting with the largest paper:
- House Number
4. Get creative!
It’s key to give your child a lot of freedom with this project – to encourage learning, creativity and fine motor skills.
I asked Rylan to look at the pictures and color land vs. bodies of water, the different countries and even the state of Virginia in a different color.
When they are done, have them use the glue stick and place the images to the corresponding construction papers (this is a good way to test if they understand geography locations as well).
It’s key to give your child a lot of freedom with this project, while encouraging learning too. See if your child can put the squares in order from biggest to smallest.
5. Tie it all together!
Optional: Use self-adhesive laminate on your sheets to make them last longer.
Punch holes in the top left corner and encourage your child to string and tie together the sheets (we used a spare binder ring). Your “Where Do I Live?” project is done!
The project was super easy and although it required a little digging for images, I feel confident it is going to help teach him more about where we live in the world – a vital life skill to prepare your child with. It’s also a good source of reference as he continues to memorize our address!
Have you tried this project? Has another one worked for your child? Please feel free to share your thoughts!
If you enjoyed this blog post, you might want to teach your child their phone number too! Check out this blog post to see our 3 fun and engaging activities to help your child memorize important phone numbers!
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PPS. Luckily the snow didn’t last, so Auntie Anne’s date it is!
This is a great activity to go with Steve and Greg’s song, “We all live together “.March 11, 2019 at 2:37 pm
Yes it is! Thanks for the feedback!March 13, 2019 at 9:41 am
Hi there!June 26, 2019 at 10:30 pm
Where did you include zip code?
I love this idea! Ok I know this doesn’t have anything to do with this project but I love your floors! We are looking for new flooring right now and love the color! Can I ask where you got it and what it is?September 26, 2019 at 1:33 pm
Thank you Kristin! The floors are from Lumber Liquidators and are called New Haven Harbor Oak by Dream Home XD. Hope this helps!September 26, 2019 at 2:21 pm
I love this! Google earth is fun to play with, too.October 22, 2019 at 10:44 pm
For memorizing phone numbers, Janeen Brady had an awesome cd series called safety kids. The first one about personal safety has a very catchy phone number song. It worked with my kids as young as 3.
Glad you like it, Sonya! We also have a post on learning phone numbers here: https://rockitmama.com/teach-phone-numbers/October 23, 2019 at 8:24 am
Excellent idea for teaching a child their “place” in the world. We added our COUNTY since our town is very small, and people seem to know where our county is located more often than our town’s name. 🙂August 13, 2020 at 9:58 pm
Great idea! We would love to see the final product! Tag us on social media @rockitmamablog 🙂August 14, 2020 at 9:08 am