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You guys know I love all kinds of hands-on learning ideas. Today I want to show you how to make a fun hands-on geography activity, a continent fortune teller. This activity comes from the brand new 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids book by Kim Vij & Amanda Boyarshinov. I received a free copy to help them promote their release, and today is their big day!
This book is packed full of creative ways to learn. Kim and Amanda write one of my favorite blogs, The Educator’s Spin On It. I have been following their site for years, so I was excited to have the opportunity to help them with their book release! They have given me permission to share this activity with you so you can have an idea of some of the awesome things inside the book.
How to Make a Continent Fortune Teller:
A fortune teller is the same as a cootie catcher. They are so simple to make and can provide so much entertainment! They are also great to use for educational purposes. I have a post I wrote a while back about using cootie catchers for learning. I love this geography fortune teller idea! It is so simple, yet so smart at the same time!
You need a square piece of paper. I used a large piece of scrapbook paper that was already square shaped, but any square will do.
Fold it corner to corner, then unfold it and fold it the other direction.
Open up then bring each corner to the center.
Flip the square over and bring the corners to the center again.
Fold in half both directions, unfolding in-between. Place your fingers into the slits and open.
Fill out the inside with the various continents and directions to find them. There is one extra triangle, so add in an instruction to find and name an ocean.
On the other triangles, add numbers.
To play, you need two players. One is in charge of the fortune teller, and the other is choosing the triangles and answering the questions chosen on the inside.
You choose a number then open it back and forth counting the number chosen. Next choose a second number on the inside and repeat. The third time, they open the flap of the number chosen and follow the directions given to find a continent or ocean.
Some variations on this game: Major cities, countries, famous landmarks, plus see my other post for more ideas!
This continent fortune teller is just one of the many great ideas found in the book 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids. Buy a copy today to see what other goodies you can find! It is on Amazon, and you can see a preview there of more content.
A little more about the authors:
Amanda Boyarshinov is a National Board certified teacher with extensive experience in early childhood education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in reading for grades K-12. You will often find her in her backyard exploring nature with her kids or doing a hands-on science project at the kitchen table.
Kim Vij is a certified teacher with over 20 years of experience teaching in early childhood education. She transitioned from classroom teaching to have a wider and stronger impact on early childhood education through advocacy. Her live and online appearances have helped her spread her message and become one of the leading experts of early childhood developmental activities. You can find her on pinterest at www.pinterest.com/educatorsspinon.
Amanda and Kim are the co-founders and writers of the children’s activity site TheEducatorsSpinOnIt.com, which has over 1.5 million Pinterest followers, over 100,000 monthly page views and 17,000 Facebook fans. They have worked with brands like Melissa and Doug, Sylvan Learning and Camp Invention. Both Amanda and Kim live in Florida.
Want some more Geography teaching ideas? Check out my Geography projects!