I made our original continent boxes when Emily was in preschool/kindergarten. They were well loved and worth every minute of time I spent putting them together. She learrned so much from just playing with them that I knew when we started Traveling the World I wanted to update them for her.
Please keep in mind before you read any further, continent boxes do not have to be elaborate to be effective. In fact nothing in homeschool needs to be elaborate to be effective. Our plastic boxes filled with laminted maps I printed worked perfectly for over three years. If that is all you can do right now then do it! That’s what I did. I swooned over the boxes I saw on Pinterest and then made do with what we had.
But, after three years of swooning I had the opportunity to make my dream continent boxes for our homeschool. I started with the gorgeous, well made wooden boxes by Treasure from Jennifer. The thing I love the most about these boxes is that they have the continent name and shape in the corrsepsonding Montessori color on the front and top as well as a map underneath the lid of where that continent is located.
For the most part every box has the same contents in it, I wanted the items inside to become familiar to Emily. That way each time she got a box out she would know what to expect within it.
- Hatching Curiosity Africa Pin Map
- Hatching Curiosity Africa Plant & Animal Cards
- Africa Geo Puzzle
- Explore Africa by Bobbie Kalman
- Africa by Zukiswa Wanner
- Hatching Curiosity Antarctica Pin Map
- Hatching Curiosity Antarctica Plant & Animal Cards
- The World Geo Puzzle
- Explore Antarctica by Bobbie Kalman
- Antarctica by Karen Kellaher
- Hatching Curiosity Asia Pin Map
- Hatching Curiosity Asia Plant & Animal Cards
- Asia Geo Puzzle
- Explore Asia by Bobbie Kalman
- Asia by John Son
- Hatching Curiosity Oceania Pin Map
- Hatching Curiosity Australia Plant & Animal Cards
- Australia Puzzle
- Explore Austrlaia and Oceania by Bobbie Kalman
- Australia and Oceania by Barbara A. Somervill
- Hatching Curiosity Europe Pin Map
- Hatching Curiosity Europe Plant & Animal Cards
- Europe Geo Puzzle
- Explore Europe by Bobbie Kalman
- Europe by Joana Costa Knufinke
- Hatching Curiosity North America Pin Map
- Hatching Curiosity North America Plant & Animal Cards
- US & Canada Geo Puzzle
- Explore North America and Oceania by Bobbie Kalman
- North America by Karen Kellaher
- Hatching Curiosity South America Pin Map
- Hatching Curiosity South America Plant & Animal Cards
- Latin America Geo Puzzle
- Explore South America and Oceania by Bobbie Kalman
- South America by Gloria Susana Esquivel
A few of the ways I’m planning on using our continent boxes include pulling one each time we’re studying that continent in our Traveling the World curriculum, strewing them, and letting her free play with them. I don’t use these boxes with any specific expectations other than to help make learning geography more fun and hands-on.
If you’d like to pair a game with your continent boxes our favorite one is Continent Race by Byron’s Games. It’s a card game and a race to see who can collect the most countries from each continent first!