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Tons of ways to play while learning about the world we live in. (Part of a regular play theme series - a new theme with lots of activities, books, etc. each month)

Play Theme Cheat Sheet #4: Exploring Our World

We’re past due for this month’s play theme cheat sheet.  Ready for another stellar list of ways to play all month long?  I chose learning about the world around us for July for two reasons:

  1. It seemed like a great educational theme to cover while school’s out and so many families are hitting the road for vacation.
  2. We’ve been watching Discovery Channel’s new series, North America, with C and have all been learning a ton.  (Sidenote: I love this program for teaching kids about the continent we live on and for the most part it’s very benign.  However, there is the occasional mass frog humping session or shot of Eagles playing frisbee with a duck head.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

Here’s a whole gaggle of ideas for teaching kids about the world around them through play. Geography as well as multiculturalism is covered so dig in, enjoy, and happy July!

 Activities

Apps & TV Series

Music

  • World Music - We’ve listened to this daily in the car for years. Many of the other multicultural CDs from Putumayo Presents are also wonderful!

Books

Toys, Puzzles & Games

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Other Play Theme Cheat Sheets:

Ways to Play with Nature (Inside and Out)

Sports!

Warm Weather Play

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Rebecca Rizzo November 2, 2013 at 12:32 am

I love the idea of a plantable earth! Or using maps for projects or decorating in general. It’s so good to get kids used to reading maps early on!

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