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Why do you need a geography basket?
Children are naturally curious about the world around them. Without a little help from you, they may never be exposed to the wonderful things and people that exist outside their neighborhood. Here’s the good news. You don’t have to fly around the globe. All you need is an easy to make geography basket to throw wide your doors and let the best of God’s world in.
In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus tells his disciples to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . . teaching them to observe all that I commanded you . . . “. That’s a pretty tall order. It’s impossible if we don’t have a clear understanding of the different types of people who live in this world. A geography basket puts the tools you need out in the open. You can easily refer to it while talking about current events, placing literature in geographic context, or learning about historic events. It also lets your kids satisfy their curiosity on their own whenever they want without interrupting mom. It’s a win-win!
What goes in a geography basket?
- These books started it all and helped me realize how important it is to help my children’s horizons expand.
- We loved this basket from Ikea. It’s large, colorful, and difficult to break. Also the oval shape makes it fit well against a wall or bookshelf.
- This is a perfect wall map, but because it’s laminated, it can also be left rolled up in the basket to pull out when needed.
- Little Passports has been a great addition for our littles’ geography education. They get a small “suitcase” and monthly adventures from different countries. It’s really sparked their curiosity about the rest of the world!
- These books make up the foundation of our geography basket. Clear information and bright pictures give a kid’s mind lots of room to wander.
- We’ve added information from the children we sponsor through World Vision, coloring books, stickers, and other international trinkets to increase the fun factor.
- If money is tight right now, don’t despair! You could easily fill the basket with a rotation of library books geared toward your children’s ages and interests.