Africa Continent Box!
This week we have turned our focus on the continent of Africa! This a personal favorite of mine. I love the vast culture and the colorful beauty of the different areas. I love the music and, though I have done much African cooking, it does fascinate me! Anyway, like all of my continent boxes I made all of the cards in them, and though I would love for them to be 3part cards, I couldn’t afford to do it. So there are basically pictures of the continent. Our Africa box is sorely lacking in cultural treasures as I don’t know anyone who has ever been there. (if anyone has an ideas of where to get some goodies for this let me know!) So here we go:
This box includes:
~ Pictures of African People
~ Pictures of African Food
~ Pictures of African Musical Instruments
~ Pictures of African Places
~ Pictures of African Birds
~ Pictures of African Animals
~ Pictures of African Animals
~ Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Hippo, and Camel Figures
(from the Safari LTD Wild Toob)
~ Nativity Set handmade in Africa with native materials
~ Dried Gourd
(This just happened around Halloween while it sat on my counter as a decoration)
Our Animal figures
Our handmade Nativity
I really love to look through the pictures in the boxes with the girls and today Bunny was pretending that her baby loved lions. She had a lion toy for it and she was telling the baby all about lions in Africa! So I think that the information is just sinking in, even if they are only looking at the boxes for a short time! Gotta love the absorbent mind! I will be posting more on Africa soon!
February 23, 2011 @ 8:49 pm
You and I are on the same wavelengths. I’m putting together an Africa Continent box right now. Thanks for the great ideas. Where did you get the wonderful Nativity?
February 23, 2011 @ 9:51 pm
That Nativity is just gorgeous.
February 24, 2011 @ 12:27 am
I’m glad you can use some of my ideas! 🙂
I got the Nativity set from Meijer (our grocery store). It was on sale during Christmas. I did find a website that sells the same thing and it a Fair Trade site:
Hope that helps! 🙂 Thanks for stopping!
July 12, 2011 @ 4:18 pm
That is such a great idea! I’ve just used folders with pictures, but I love the objects … it will attract the children so much more. Now I’ll have to get busy collecting.
Thanks so much for this site …. it’s excellent to share ideas & make each of us better.
July 13, 2011 @ 1:06 pm
I’m gald you like the boxes! The objects are a ton of fun and right now they are the thing that is getting my girls interested! I love helping others get ideas….I get so much support and inspiration from other people that giving back is nice! Peace and Smiles!
November 1, 2011 @ 11:22 pm
Here is a school started in Africa, Tanzania by an Australia women. It is a pretty amazing story but may lead to some inspiration or products for your box.
I just love the story and think it would be great to teach the children.
November 2, 2011 @ 1:27 am
Thanks for sharing Bern! I love that we can all share amazing ideas with each other!
November 20, 2011 @ 8:09 am
I am a Montessori teacher living in cape town, South Africa. I love your blog and am excited to use many of them in my class for next year. Some ideas to put in your Africa box- different flags, if you can’t find any to buy then make your own using card and kebab sticks; pictures of the traditional houses- clay huts, you could even make one with your children to keep in the box- you need some air drying clay, small twigs or thatch for the roof, cone shape cut out of cardboard for the roof. Traditional homemade hunting tools used by the San and Khoi-Khoi. Traditional tribal clothing-could find pics on the internet i’m sure.
For more modern ideas, you could find pictures of Famous Landmarks like Table Mountain, which has just been voted one of the 7 Wonders of Nature!
hope these will help
August 15, 2012 @ 2:43 am
Thanks for sharing your continent boxes!:) I love learning different ways to teach geography and cultures!
February 11, 2013 @ 11:22 am
I love your Africa unit study, Stephanie! I featured your post and photo at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2013/02/11/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-study-of-africa/