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. I’m excited to share our favorite printable and hands-on Montessori geography materials, including maps and globes for children!
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Montessori geography printables for children
Download Montessori land and water world maps
Our bilingual Montessori Land & Water World Map are available in English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese (Taiwanese, Cantonese), and Korean.
Tactile learning with Montessori maps
In a traditional Montessori classroom, teachers first introduce a globe that has only brown land masses (continents) and blue water (oceans). Each continent is made of sandpaper so that kids can feel the texture, which contrasts to the smooth blue “water”.
If you don’t have the sandpaper land and water globe, no worries! You can use the sensory ideas with ingredients from your kitchen!
For tactile learning, you can use any of the following brown materials:
No need to buy or waste anything; use what you have at home! can represent land due to its rough texture and tan color!
To make these reusable, keep them loose and do not glue them to the map printable. We ended up grinding our oats into fine powder for the children’s bath. We don’t want to waste food!
Montessori geography 3-part cards: Continents
Learn how to get the most of the Montessori Continents 3-part cards (Chinese, Korean, English) here!
Download Montessori animals of the world 3-part cards
Because my son is obsessed with animals, he loves our Montessori Animals and Continents 3-Part Cards!
World map books
Here’s my review of 6 great world map atlas books in Chinese and English! These map books are great for preschool and elementary school!
We are kind of obsessed with globes around here! Here’s our review of the best world globes for kids of all ages!
Montessori geography felt world map
Okay, so this one is totally not necessary, but our Montessori Felt World Map is so very fun!
Read my detailed review about our Montessori felt world map here and how my children use this map for learning and playing!
Or click here to buy if you know this is the right map for you.
Globe and 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.
My daughter had such a blast putting together this 540-piece 3D puzzle globe! The puzzle is actually much easier than it looks because the pieces are labeled with numbers. Ravensburger also has a version with less pieces.
Where to buy:
Explore this: Favorite jigsaw puzzles for kids of all ages
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 second link above is much smaller than the traditional large classroom material.
In my humble opinion, I think these Montessori geography puzzles lovely but not necessary for most families. We regret buying them, because they are so expensive and take up lots of space. My kids rarely use them.
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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