Montessori Continent Box Swap – Arctic/Antarctica

I still cannot believe we did it! Thanks to Honey, the amazing Mondorfment Mom who wittily combines Montessori, Waldorf and Attachment Parenting, quite a lot of us had a chance to learn about the world and to find fun and interactive ways to bring this to our children.

It was called a “Continent Swap”.

There are 7 continents in the world. There were 7 moms participating in this swap. Each mom picked a continent. Each mom put together a box of items associated with that continent… or actually – 7 boxes. Each box had to contain items that cost total of ~$10. After we put together our boxes, we mailed them all to Honey, who sorted all the materials and is currently sending “a world box” with 7 boxes for each continent materials to each mom. In the end every mom gets a variety of objects from all over the world. Isn’t this fascinating?!

Here are some of the materials that girls put together (see detailed descriptions in their blogs).

First, Honey-The-Amazing, who is making not 7 continent packages, like the rest of us, but 19 (she is doing World Swap with 12 other moms and offered this 7-package swap for us only to accommodate those who didn’t get in the original 12-people group – isn’t it the kindest thing you could do?!):

Antarctica

 

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Description in Honey’s blog:
Mondorfment Continent Swap Hop and Giveaway: a description of both Continent Swaps that Honey did, fabulous illustrations and free downloads.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you see?: Honey’s description, ideas, aspirations and plans at the beginning of the swap.
Ideas for Antarctica
Some you can see fantastically implemented by Honey in her blog above, others I am adding as I am building my own continent Antarctica box.

  • Lego penguin, or any other penguin figurine
  • Life cycle of Emperor Penguin (Thanks to Honey for sharing this amazing resource!)
  • penguin egg
  • “ice” and other crystals to represent ice for sorting, decoration, nature tables
  • Life cycles of Antarctica cards
  • Penguin puzzle to create 3d Papa penguin with baby
  • Antarctica money
  • 3 part cards of…Arctic, Antarctic, Penguins, Arctic scientists/explorers then & now, few others but names/titles aren’t there…oh..tracks & the animals who made them.
  • CD Sounds of the Arctic & Antarctic
  • DVD of video of Arctic Antarctic
  • Arctic & Antarctic to pin punch/trace on cork boards
  • Arctic & Antarctic to sew
  • Instant Snow: inexpensive and really fascinating. It is an incredible thing to touch! I am not sure if this is the same as the one Honey included, but this inexpensive kit is the one we’ve tried before and really found it cool: Super Snow.
  • “Ice” to sort/separate/use for decorating or for sensory pouring, works
  • My First Penguin Activity Kit: my son got this one as an early birthday present, and it became an instant hit. We grew our own pinguin (it was amazing to watch the egg for 2 days in a row, finally see how this toy broke the egg, and grew right out of it!); we built a nest, we compared my son’s height to various penguins in life-size poster, we made a bunch of experiments… We enjoyed this kit a lot!
  • Arctic/antarctic Animal Tube: we didn’t get this tube. These are the ones I found (haven’t tried them, since we use figurines from Honey and from My First Pinguin science kit): Arctic Double Tube, Groovy Tube Books: Arctic Chill!; Nature Tube: Polar Animals .
  • Antarctica (Rookie Read-About Geography) : excellent book, easy for early readers, fun to read for more advanced ones.
  • Enchanted Learning Free info about Arctic/Antarctic Explorers

Arctic

Technically, not a continent, but a large and interesting patch of land to cover. Description in Honey’s blog (Honey managed to do both, which I find incredible, so you find out about both North and South poles with her materials):
Mondorfment Continent Swap Hop and Giveaway: a description of both Continent Swaps that Honey did, fabulous illustrations and free downloads.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you see?: Honey’s description, ideas, aspirations and plans at the beginning of the swap.
Ideas for Antarctica
Some you can see fantastically implemented by Honey in her blog above, others I am adding as I am building my own continent Antarctica box.

See more in our Unit of Study of Geography – learning about Arctic/Antarctic

Well, Honey’s energy, organization skills and creativity are truly remarkable!

Other mom’s continent box contents are coming up!