Learning about Geography through Post Card Swaps

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Our kids are just beginning to grasp the concept of different states.  A few months ago we ran a post card swap here at Quirky Momma, inspired by Liz over at A Belle, a Bean, and a Chicago Dog.  There were nearly 30 kids who sent post cards to each other.  I also begged and pleaded for some cards from family and friends and we amassed 22 cards from 14 different states and 4 different countries.   If you would like some cards from Texas, we’d love to swap with you and learn about your area!  Since doing our postcard swap, I discovered that another blogger, Natalie, over at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns, also has post card swaps.  Much of our post card geography lessons were borrowed from her site.  Thanks Natalie for inspiring us!

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This activity took several weeks.  After we got our list of addresses to mail cards to the Quirky kids printed labels of themselves and glued their “signature” of sorts to the back of the cards.  They love glue sticks so I hope, if you were a recipient, that the cards weren’t too sticky!  I addressed them and then we tried to wait patiently for the mail to arrive.
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As we got a card we talked about the state it came from and the children who sent it to us.  We then put the cards in a box.  I wanted to wait till we had a bunch so we could review the states and our country as a whole.  After going on a cross-country road trip (and cheering when we went under those State Banners) we came home ready to talk about the fun we had in North Carolina, the states we drove through to get there and back  and then we went through our post cards and put stickers on our map of all the different states we’ve received cards from.  I think the kids understand the concept of states, that people live in different places away from where they are, and that different areas have different geographic markers or identifiers.  We have bluebonnets and longhorn cows, other areas have igloos and big tanks (thanks to whoever sent us the army base picture!  My son loved the tanks!).
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To help reinforce our lesson we referred to a book we got from IKEA, A Great Atlas for Children.  I like how it shows the readers the resources in each geographical area.  We compared the resources of the area to the cards we received and then looked for other areas which had similar resources or landmarks.  We printed the outline map of the United States from this site and put stickers on the states that we received cards from, and we’d love to get more – let us know if you’d like to swap post cards with us!

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I was thrilled to have received a number of cards from different countries.  Unfortunately, we haven’t quite begun countries yet.   We discussed the post cards as they came in, but I’m saving the global lesson for another week/month.

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An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).

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