Continent Boxes ~ Europe

Continent Box Europe

I have had “create continent boxes” on my to-do list for over a year!  Finally I am getting started!  I started with Europe since the Olympics are in London, and since our next Little Passports country is France! You always get some little things with each Little Passports month, which I will add to the continent box!  These are works in progress, I even have a wishlist of books and things I want to add to this and other boxes!  We will use these boxes for years and years!

I have no real plan with these, just a fun way to expose my kids to cultures, countries, and world geography in general.  Here’s a post from one of my favorite blogs all about continent boxes

For now, I have our Europe set up like this {see photo below}.  I have a large foam floor puzzle and I pulled out just the Europe part, I also have a large puzzle of Europe, and the board of Europe from Where in the World {I added the cards into the box}.  Our Little Passports map hangs on the wall close by too!

Continent Box Europe

 

I bought my boxes from Walmart, in 2 different sizes {small 6.7qt, large 12.7qt} knowing I would need bigger ones for continents with more stuff! I made simple labels that color-coordinate with Montessori geography colors. This box is the smaller of the 2 sizes I bought.  Eventually I may have to upgrade to all large, but for now this one works!Continent Box Europe

 

What’s Inside?

Continent Box Europe

 

MANY materials from Montessori Print Shop!  Thankfully I was given their bundle to review last year, I have had many of the country printables printed for many, many months, just now getting around to cutting and laminating!  Specifically I am using the Europe Geography Folder {I made ours as a book in sheet protectors}, European Animals, European Landmarks, & European Instruments. Be sure to read to the end for a giveaway!

Europe Printables Europe Printables

For the 3 part cards, I decided to save laminating and cutting time and mounted mine in file folders.  I laminated the matching images and words so the kids can just lay them on top of the file folder.  I used tape for this one, but it’s ugly, so I might do something different with my next country.  I just know my kids won’t use these tons, so I didn’t want to waste lots of time cutting and laminating!Europe Printables

 

I searched online to find a map that was colorful and labeled, to print and laminate for the box, my favorite ended up being this one.  On the back side, I added an alphabetical listing of all of the countries in Europe {I created this and you can download the PDF file in the Europe section on my new Continent Boxes webpage}.

Europe Map Europe Printables

There is a blank alphabetical European countries printable, as a little challenge for PacMan and me!  I also found a blank map that we can color in together, it is from here.  I copied it and added my own text in Publisher {I can’t share since the map is not mine}

Europe Printables

Continent Kids Coloring for Europe {free download on the Continent Boxes webpage}…Homeschool Europe Continent Box-8432

Here you can see us exploring together, there’s no real plan.  The kids can explore the box on their own, and I also am taking time to explore together.  Homeschool Europe Continent Box-8435

 

You can download printables and see more on our Continent Boxes webpage!Continent Boxes


Products…

Target Dollar Spot Geography Supplies {get ‘em when you can!}IMG_8257

World Facts & Landmarks Flashcards {Rand McNally}World Landmark Cards

Where in the WorldWhere in the World

 

Geography Units Europe {Evan Moor eBook}

Geography Units, Europe

 

Geo Puzzle ~ EuropeEurope Puzzle

GeoDiceGeoDice Game

 

Books…

Explore Europe  Europe A True Book Europe rookie Reader

 

Technology…

Obviously apps aren’t for the box, but more for extending the learning outside of the box!  Here’s our favorite European geography app!  They have a lite version too.image

Sheppard Software is our favorite for geography fun online.   Here’s the Europe sectionimage

Here’s another fun Europe game onlineimage


Visit my Pinterest boards for even more ideas!

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Guess What?

One of you has the chance to win the Europe Printables from Montessori Print Shop! Winner will receive PDF files of all printables listed here, your choice of either the color coded set or the blank set! 

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