Developed by: Pearl Crescent
Learn where countries, cities, and other places are located around the world in this geography game. We love that this app encourages children to be map literate and globally minded.
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
Talk with your child about the world. What do they know about different areas around the world? Where would they like to visit? How are places divided (continents, countries, states/provinces, cities, towns, etc.)? What do these divisions mean?
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Mission accomplished. Encourage your child to make a list of the countries included on their mission. At the end of each game, add one fact such as language spoken, dietary staples, or population. Help your child conduct research at your local library or online.
- Current events. GeoZooom! has several global regions from which to choose missions. Suggest sticking to one region for a period of time, maybe 1-2 weeks, whatever you decide. Assist your child in selecting a few reading materials to really explore the area. Some ideas might include credible news sources, picture books or novels, collections of folklore from the relevant region, etc. When the time is up, pick a different region and repeat the activity!
Extend the app experience with a real life activity.
- Map it out. Look at a flat world map and a globe side by side. Help your child compare the experiences of using each item. Do places seem the same? Do distances? When might one be easier to use than another?
- Playtime! Create a pretend travel agency and “hire” your child to be your travel agent. Select one or two countries from the game and explain you would like to travel to them. Your “agent” can do things like map out the best route, including airports and airlines, suggest lodging arrangements and how to dress for the weather, create an itinerary of regional activities, etc. Have fun!
- Road trip! The next time you go somewhere of some distance, ask your child to be your navigator. Push down the urge to use GPS, and pull out a map instead. Chambers of commerce, visitor centers, or local AAA agencies often have a nice selection of free regional maps. Discuss the route ahead of time and have them follow the map and read directions along the way.