Traveling the world doesn't always have to break the budget. Kids love seeing all the amazing places they can visit, even if it's from the comfort of home.
We put together this fun push pin map activity so that you can take your kids on a whirlwind trip around the world in just one afternoon. Visit the pyramids in Egypt, Machu Picchu in Peru, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Or, take your kids somewhere new - maybe a dream vacation or that place you've been meaning to get back to? We highlighted five of the world's most famous landmarks to explore on our map, but feel free to add more or replace them with a few of your personal favorites!
- Foam board (cork or thick cardboard could work, too)
- Printed world map (download below)
- Glue stick
- Printed flags and landmarks
- Grab one toothpick, a printed flag, and a glue stick. Glue the back of the flag.
- Stick the glued side of the flag onto the toothpick. Make sure you position the toothpick on one end of the flag. Complete the flag by gluing the backside of the matching landmark to the backside of the flag. For example, the pyramids and the flag of Egypt.
- Repeat steps one and two for all your flags and landmarks.
- Grab your foam board and make sure it is completely smooth. Glue the downloadable printable world map on top of the foam board.
- Pin your flags to their correct locations onto the map and explore the world!
Fun facts to explore while you're traveling:
- The Statue of Liberty is a national monument in the largest city in America. It was actually a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States. It was dedicated on October 28, 1886, and designated as a National Landmark in 1924.
- Located high in Andes Mountains above the Urubamba River valley in Peru, Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel. It was built in the 15th century, then was later abandoned. In 1983 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
- The Great Pyramid of Giza is the largest and oldest of the pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex, which borders present-day Giza. The pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex were built to honor Pharaohs of the fourth ruling dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt.
- St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia was completed in 1561. Its nine flame-like domes are unmistakable and unlike nearly any other building in the world. Besides being a church, today St Basil's Cathedral operates as a museum.
- The Sydney Opera House in Australia is a multi-venue performing arts center located right on Sydney Harbor. With its unique wave-like roof, it is considered a masterpiece of 20th-century architecture.
Don't forget to tag us on Instagram or Facebook to take us along on your world trip! Happy traveling!
Download your free, printable world map HERE!