Looking for an exciting way to bring the Montessori Asia map activities into your classroom? Need a bit of inspiration to get those continent boxes filled and ready? Well, we’ve got your back! With these DIY pin flags, biomes maps and cards, and activities impossible to resist, you’ll have your Montessori students rushing to the shelves to grab their next work! So grab a cup of coffee – or tea if that’s what rocks your boat 😉 – and let’s dive head first into this adventure!
Montessori Asia Map Activities
Introduce your students to Asia by pointing it out on your Montessori continents globe and/or world puzzle map! Notice how it is yellow and how big it is! What else do the children observe?
You can introduce different countries of Asia using the Asia continent puzzle.
If you have some country specific puzzles from Asia, they would also be a great resource! Children can study a specific country in more detail.
Add an extension to your Montessori Asia map activities with our country 3-part cards. Each country in Asia is isolated in red. You can even offer the puzzle map pieces for children to match to the cards!
Montessori Asia Flag Cards
Show children how the flags of Asia look with our flags 3-part cards.
Fun extension: Offer the flag cards alongside Montessori Color Tablets.
Instead of Flags of Asia 3-part cards, try close up cards! Can you students figure out which flag is which from a small piece?
Secure the circle cards onto wooden disks for an extra fun effect! You can use glue or mod podge to attach the circles onto the wooden pieces. This extra dimension can be very exciting for your students!
Use these flags of Asia writing strips to help beginning writers gain confidence and practice letter formation and hand-writing while learning about the countries of Asia! These cards are available in cursive and print.
In addition, blank strips are provided featuring only the flag of each country. More advanced writers can write the words themselves. This is quite tricky! Not only will they need to recognize the country by its flag, but also to spell the name of the country correctly.
Montessori Asia DIY Pin Flags
Pin maps are a great way to learn about different countries, their capitals, and/or their flags! This will take your Montessori Asia Map Activities to the next level!
You will need:
To make this full sized map, you will need to print both pages of our Asia map. Cut away an excess and tape the map together.
After you print the flags, cut out each of the strips. The flags feature the name of the country and it’s capital city on the back. You need to fold the flags in the middle. Be careful not to cut apart the flag and the country name.
Next, get your pins or toothpicks. Click here to see a good option for pins for this project! We used toothpicks because we have not been able to find pins here that we like, and we already had toothpicks!
Next use double sided tape to secure the pin or toothpick in place. Fold over the other side of the flag. Viola! The pins are ready!
Please note: there are multiple variations of the maps included in this printable file. You can pick which option(s) work best for your classroom.
Test your knowledge
You can offer a blank map to your children to see if they can label as many countries as possible! This is super tricky!
Our oldest (at ten years old) is really enjoying his geography work and loves practicing with these! He has been trying to memorise the names of each country, their capitals, and their flags!
You can see in the photo above that our daughter was admiring her brother’s hard work!
Younger children can colour a map of Asia. Our youngest chose to use oil pastels with her map.
Map Pin Poking
Pin poking is a fantastic fine motor activity. Offer our Asia map pin poking templates to your students. They can punch out their own Asia!
After the children have punched out the whole continent, you can store it for later use. Eventually, the children can punch out a map of the world. They can glue all of the individual continents onto a large piece of blue construction paper.
Biomes of Asia
Introduce the different biomes that are present in Asia. You can study the biome map provided in the Maps of Asia resource. The children can study the coloured map, and then make their own.
We used the biomes 3-part cards from Trillium Montessori that are available in the Hands-on Kids Activities Club (primary track).
After reviewing the biomes cards, offer the biomes map for children to see where they are located. What do they notice? Is anything surprising?
Children can colour their own biomes map of Asia. Instead of watercolors, you can offer different mediums. Try crayons or coloured pencils and add the maps to your Asia folder! Store different projects from Asia in one portfolio for children to reflect upon later.
Asia Sewing Activities
Sewing is such a phenomenal activity! You can usually find sewing work in Montessori classrooms. This is because of all of the amazing benefits that sewing has for children:
- Fine motor skills
- Hand-eye coordination
- Finger dexterity
A work like this will require a great deal of concentration and patience. Children will tend to work meticulously to pull the string through each hole.
A sewing – or rather stringing – activity like this is a precursor to sewing using material. The holes punched on our Asia template are fairly large. They are indicators for where the needle needs to go.
For children who have practiced sewing previously and are able to use a needle and thread, you can present a more advanced sewing work.
Prepare the Pieces
- Print one of the maps from the Maps of Asia Printables to use as a template.
- Cut out the paper map.
- Secure the paper map to a piece of yellow felt.
- Using fabric scissors, cut out the continent.
- Repeat again so that you have two felt Asia.
Present the two continents, stuffing, sewing clips, needle, and yellow thread to the children. Sewing clips can be very helpful to keeping the two pieces in place.
It is important to keep the needle in a safe place if you have a work like this on your shelves. If you are homeschooling, keep such a tray out of reach of younger children. First the child should sew the continents together most of the way. Leave a gap at the top to add some stuffing. Afterwards, the child can finish sewing the rest of the continent shut.
Grab your own collection of Asia printables for your classroom or home school to start exploring this continent in an amazing way! You can also give your students a chance to practice their fine motor skills while helping them develop coordination, concentration, hand-eye coordination, and finger dexterity with different sewing works. Have fun learning about the countries, capitals and flags all around Asia for hours!
Get the printables
Thanks for joining us on this journey of Montessori Asia maps activities! We hope that you feel equipped and inspired to take on the challenge of crafting your own pin flags, biomes maps, cards, and more!
Are you ready to create your own Montessori Asia Map activities? Get your set of Asia Map Resources below:
Have fun learning about the countries, capitals and flags all around Asia for hours!
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