This semester, Asia is the topic of homeschool geography that my children chose. Inspired by the Montessori method, I decided to create a continent box to go along with our studies. It took me the entire summer to gather everything we needed, but the time and effort has certainly paid off. Our Asia continent box is filled with treasures that my children will love learning with!
I started by finding Montessori printables. I purchased maps, three-part cards, and a cultural photo flip album from montessoriprintshop.com. I also found some other free items using Pinterest: Chinese number flashcards, Asian animals cards, and flags of Asia sheets.
Then, I chose the books for our continent box. From top to bottom: Usborne: Stories from India, Usborne: The Story of Islam, National Geographic Food from Another Country, Celebration: A Book of Jewish Holidays, Top Secret Adventures: Japan, Top Secret Adventures: Thailand, Top Secret Adventures: South Korea, Under the Ramadan Moon, The Usborne Encyclopedia of World Religions, The Usborne Introduction to Asia, The Usborne Book of Peoples of the World, The Usborne Children’s World Cookbook, Buddha at Bedtime, Elephant Prince: The Story of Ganesh, and Japanese Macaques.
From there, it was just a matter of finding reasonably priced items from Asian countries and other creative resources to include.
Israel: A Menorah, Israel coin candle holders, Star of David token, and a dreidel.
An oil lamp from India, Buddhist prayer beads, a peacock feather, and a Russian Matryoshka doll.
A Japanese teapot, chopsticks from China, two hand-painted spoons from Hong Kong, “good luck” hanging souvenir from Singpore, hand mirror from Japan, Japanese Kimono doll, toy rickshaw figurine, pencil pouch from Japan, and a coin/cosmetic case from Japan.
Melissa & Doug Sushi Set, Places of the World Sticker Book, and Extreme Dot-to-Dot: Around the World.
Currency bills and coins from Indonesia and free Asian currency printables from homeschoolcreations.blogspot.com.
Asia GeoPuzzle, 10 Days in Asia board game, Rand-McNally Facts & Landmarks Flashcards and Games, WorldWise Asian Geography Card Game, Toob animal figurines: rhinoceros, elephant, camel, and tiger, and Toob landmarks and world figurines: Buddha, the Great Wall of China, and Taj Mahal.
Islamic prayer rug, Batik fabric, and a Batik gift bag.
Batik clothing and a traditional Java tribe hat called a Blangkon; from Indonesia.
Wall map, Bandung newspaper, and magnets from Indonesia.
Not pictured: Smelling jars of black pepper, cinnamon, cassia, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, cardamom, fennel, ginger, mustard seed, turmeric, and chili powder.
A very special thank you to our friends and family in Asia who so graciously sent some of these amazing items!