Geography materials are some of our favorite Montessori resources! Through organization, Montessori geography materials give children a solid foundation of knowledge about the world around us!
The sequential introduction to basic geography begins between ages 3-6years with land and water forms and color-coded continents.
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
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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.
For example, dry oats were perfect for representing land due to its rought texture and tan color! So that they could be reused, we did not glue them to the map printable.
Afterward, we re-used the oats and ground them into fine powder for the children’s bath. We do not want 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, we have Montessori continents 3-part cards in Chinese, Korean, and English!
The Montessori continent colors are as follows:
- Orange: North America
- 北美洲 (Běi měizhōu)
- 북미 (Bugmi)
- 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)
Download the free printables and learn more about how we use the Montessori Animals and Continents Activities (Chinese, Korean, English) in this link!
Montessori Geography felt world map
My kids are obsessed with our large Montessori Felt World Map!
Read my detailed review about our Montessori felt world map here! I example how my children use this map for learning geography and general playing!
Or click here to buy if you know this is the right map for you!
Map puzzles for children
Melissa and Doug Map of the USA (Click here to buy)
This is not Montessori at all, but when my daughter was a toddler, she loved this 51-piece floor puzzle! The large pieces encourage gross motor movement while completing the puzzle.
Traditional Montessori geography puzzles for children
Below are links to Montessori puzzle maps that Montessori homeschoolers recommend if they fit your budget and space:
- Montessori Puzzle Map of the USA with controls
- Montessori Small Puzzle Maps (7 continents + 1 world map)*
- Montessori Large Puzzle Maps (7 continents + 1 world map)
*Note that this set of Montessori Puzzle World and Continent Maps in the link above are much smaller than the traditional but very large and expensive classroom material.
- Ages 3-6:
- Ages 6+:
- Biomes globe – We recently ordered this unique globe from Waseca Biomes! Rather than globes with political boundaries, this focuses on natural contiguous biomes (eg, forests, deserts, mountains) that cover each continent.
- World 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!
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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