The Map plate is very attractive and loved by younger children.
The border of the Map plate is filled with useful facts and information that kids will love to learn. For example, the highest mountain in the world, the coldest continent and the biggest ocean. (Read more to get ideas about how you can get the most of this map plate.)
For children 5-10 years old:
- Discuss the concept of the Earth actually being like a ball or a sphere and how the Equator "divides" the earth into the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
- Identify the Seven Continents by the 7 different colours. ie. yellow is North America, pink is South America, green is Africa, red is Europe, purple is Asia, orange is Australia and white is Antarctica.
- Identify the World's Five Great Oceans. ie. the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Southern/ Ocean and the Arctic Ocean.
- Talk about where the child was born and where their families were born, for example parents and grandparents and show those places on the map.
- Discuss what languages people may speak in different countries
- Ask your child is Europe north or south of Africa? Is Australia east or west of New Zealand?
The Season Plate is packed with facts that kids need and want to know.
Ask your child to tell you; What months are in Autumn? Or How many days are in April? Or How many weeks are in a year?
For children aged 2-4:
- Ask them what are the days of the week.
- Ask them to tell you the months of the year.
- Ask them to point to Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.
- Tell them what day it is today, the month and the season.
- Let them identify and tell you the different colours they see.
- Explain to them what the images mean about the different seasons.
For children aged 5-8:
- Ask them how many seasons in the year and what months make up the seasons.
- Ask them how many days are in each month.
- Ask them how many days are in a year and how many weeks are in a year.
- See if they can tell you today's day, month and season.