Holiday Geocrafts and treats

Thumbnail image for cookieornament.jpgThe holidays are a great time to explore the geography of a new travel destination, rediscover the geography of your local community, or take part in fun geography crafts and games at home. Try to plan at least one geography-themed family activity over the holidays. Here are a few ideas:

1) Play a geography trivia or board game like Brain Quest, World Wise, or Passport to Culture

2) If traveling, let the kids play navigator and program the GPS device. Or, go old-school and chart your route on a map.

3) Bake a cake or sheet of gingerbread. Using candy and icing, decorate it with a map of your holiday travel plans or an upcoming trip.

4) Bake a traditional ethnic treat, such as Danish rice pudding, able skiver pancakes, or potato latkes.

5) Instead of the traditional gingerbread house, build a global village out of candy! Make an adobe abode for warm-weather dwellers, an igloo, maybe even an eco-home. Get creative!

Here are some more holiday tips from National Geographic Kids:

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A Recipe for Discovery

Studying geography brings similarities among people into light.  For one, everyone has to eat.  People around the world have developed unique tastes for food based on what their native environment provides. A great way to explore geography this summer is to try out a new global recipe. To find global recipes, check out these sites:   Try an African recipe and celebrate Africa with National … Continue reading A Recipe for Discovery