Geography materials are some of our favorite Montessori resources! The sequential introduction to basic geography begins with land and water forms and is followed by color-coded continents. Through organization, Montessori geography materials give children a solid foundation of knowledge about the world around us!
This post features a collection of printable and hands-on Montessori geography materials, including maps and globes for children!
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Free Montessori geography printables for children
Montessori land and water world maps
Our bilingual Montessori Land & Water World Map (brown continents, blue ocean) are available in the following languages (click on the title to download):
You can also download black-and-white versions of the maps to use as coloring sheets:
- World map – coloring sheet – SC/English
- World map – coloring sheet – TC/English
- World map – coloring sheet – Korean/English
Good news: Our geography printables are editable! Feel free to adjust the language according to your family’s learning needs! 🙂
Tactile learning with Montessori maps
In a traditional Montessori classroom, the first globe that the child encounters focuses on land and water. Each continent is made of sandpaper so that a child can feel the texture, associate it with land, and contrast it to the smooth blue water.
Since we don’t have the sandpaper land and water globe, we applied the sensory principle and used ingredients from our kitchen pantry.
In the morning, we often eat oatmeal for breakfast, and thus had plenty available to use for this activity. With rough texture and tan color, dry oats were perfect for representing “land”! So that they could be reused, we did not glue them to the map printable.
Actually, we re-used the oats and ground them into fine powder for the children’s bath; they were clean and we try not to waste food!
If you live near the beach or have kinetic sand, you can use that as well!
Montessori geography 3-part cards: Continents
In addition, I have translated Montessori Continents 3-part cards in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, and Korean. Typically, my daughter dislikes flashcards, but she loves Montessori 3-part cards because they are like puzzles. I recommend printing these geography flashcards with a color printer on white cardstock and/or laminating for durability.
Please note that the Montessori geography 3-part cards are originally from Imagine Our Life, who has generously shared her free templates. I am grateful for her sharing and that she has provided permission for translations!
You should check out her website for the English version, other amazing free printables, and sewing templates for quiet busy books!
Montessori Inspired geography: wood tracing map boards
Treasures from Jennifer is one of our favorite Etsy shops! We have the double-sided USA & Continents Wood Tracing Board (Click here to buy).
The names of the each continent and ocean are engraved in the beautiful, high quality wood. Each board comes with a wood stick for tracing the grooves around each state and continent!
Although our board is reversible, you can choose to buy only your country (eg, USA) or continents.
Since the labels are in English, we use Post-It notes to review continent names in Chinese and Korean. However, you can contact Treasures from Jennifer and ask if continent names can be labeled in different languages.
Montessori Geography felt world map with standard continent colors
We love the large Montessori Felt World Map from the Etsy shop EmIsCrafty (Click here to buy). While the map comes with English labels, you can easily make felt labels in any language.
The colors of each continent are consistent with typical Montessori maps as follows:
- Orange: North America
- 北美洲 (Běi měizhōu)
- 북미 (Bugmi)
- 北美洲 (Běi měizhōu)
- Pink: South America
- 南美洲 (Nán měizhōu)
- 남미 (Nammi)
- Green: Africa
- 非洲 / 非洲 (Fēizhōu)
- 아프리카 (Apeulika)
- Red: Europe
- 欧洲 / 歐洲 (Ōuzhōu)
- 유럽 (Yuleob)
- Yellow: Asia
- 亚洲/ 亞洲 (Yàzhōu)
- 아시아 (Asia)
- Brown: Oceania or Austrailia
- 大洋洲 (Dàyángzhōu) or 澳洲/澳洲 (Àozhōu)
- 호주 (Hoju)
- White: Antarctica
- 南极洲 / 南極洲 (Nánjízhōu)
- 남극 대륙 (Namgeug daelyug)
Felt naturally adheres to felt, but it’s also easily removable. My daughter has fun setting up the continents!
To give you a sense of size, you can see my son playing with toy animals on the felt map!
Other interactive ideas include, toy, origami, or boats and airplanes (eg, craft-stick airplanes) as a playful way to teach kids about the continents and oceans!
In addition to the large size for playful, hands-on learning, the felt map folds flat for easy storage! Due to limited space at our house, I appreciate that it folds into a small rectangle.
Here’s bird’s eye view of this grand map!
If you’re looking for something smaller, click here to see another Montessori Felt map on Etsy!
Compared to the map from Em is Crafty, the map from Casa Dei Bambini Crafts is more expensive. However, benefits of the more expensive map include:
- A control (continent shapes in white)
- Storage bag
- 44 felt animals
- 6 felt famous landmarks
See which one works best for your family!
World map puzzles for children
Melissa and Doug Map of the USA (Click here to buy) – My 4-year-old daughter loves this large, 51-piece floor puzzle!
Other hands-on geography puzzles and resources
Montessori continent boxes
From Jennifer has gorgeous continent boxes with Montessori colors!!
Non Montessori map puzzles
If you have a puzzle lover, here are other map puzzles that look fun and educational!
- Wooden Map of Asia Puzzle
- Wooden Map of USA Knobbed Puzzle
- Wood World Map Flag Matching Puzzle – Bilingual English/Chinese
- Wooden Chinese Provincial Map Puzzle – simplified Chinese
Traditional Montessori geography puzzles for children
On my wish list are Montessori world map puzzles for my kids. They are large and, in my opinion, the simple, unlabeled pieces make these the best learning maps for children.
The big downside is the expensive cost and large footprint. Montessori maps are definitely a big investment!
If you have room and budget for these puzzles, these are highly recommended by Montessori teachers and homeschooling parents. Below are links to Montessori map puzzles on Amazon:
- Teach My Continents and Animals Puzzle
- Map of the World Montessori Puzzle
- Africa Map Montessori Geography Puzzle
- North America Map Montessori Geography Puzzle
- South America Map Montessori Geography Puzzle
- Europe Map Montessori Geography Puzzle
- Asia Map Montessori Geography Puzzle
- Australia Map Montessori Geography Puzzle
Realistic world globe
- World Desk Globe: We LOVE this globe, which you can see pictured at the top of this post. This world globe is beautiful, realistic, and sturdy and a wonderful globe for long-term learning and even home decor! Recommended for ages 6+.
Montessori world globes
- Montessori Globe – World parts – recommended for ages 3-6
- Montessori Globe – sandpaper (land & water forms) – recommended for ages 3-6
What are your favorite Montessori geography resources for children?
Please let me know in the comments or message me! We would love to check it out, and I’ll update this post as we gather more resources over time.
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