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Around the World in 26 Letters

Updated on November 15, 2014
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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 8.

Would you like to have fun while learning about the countries of the world?

Are you a geography teacher, lover of travel, homeschooling or involved parent, student, or life-long learner? Join us on our adventure as we travel the globe! To make world geography more meaningful and memorable, we will visit one country per letter of the alphabet. Locate the country on a world map, color the flag, watch YouTube clips, cook an ethnic meal, create an ethnic craft, read a book about the country, and more! Take the guesswork out of your travel plans! I have all the maps, recipes, craft ideas, video clips, etc. that you will need. Sit back and relax and join us on our journey as we explore the world! No passports or plane tickets required!

How to Follow This Itinerary

1) There is at least one country per letter of the alphabet. You can start with A and work your way down through each country. (Some letters have additional options, so you can choose which country you would like to "visit.")

2) Try the globe-spinning method. Each week one person takes a turn closing his/her eyes and spinning a globe around while holding a finger to the globe. When the globe stops, look at what country your finger lands on. That will be the country that you "visit" that week. (My children are especially fond of this method.)

3) Select a country each week that relates to your interests, what you're studying, and/or your heritage.

Your Itinerary: The Countries We Will Visit

Create and decorate an Australian didgeridoo, make maracas while studying Brazil, eat sticky rice with chopsticks while studying China, construct Denmark's flag out of Lego's, bake baklava while studying Egypt, build a model of the Eiffel tower when studying France, and more!

Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China | Source
Our Chinese meal and crafts
Our Chinese meal and crafts

Countries for Letters A-D: Austria to Denmark

Austria: Weiner Schnitzel, Mozart, and the Waltz - Are you hoping to learn about Austria? Locate Austria on a map, cook a Austrian meal, watch YouTube clips on Austria, color the flag, create a Austrian craft, read a great book about Austria, and more!

Australia: Didgeridoos, Kangaroos, & Shrimp on the Barbie - Have you been wondering about Australia? Locate Australia on a map, cook an ethnic meal, watch YouTube clips on Australia, color the flag, create an Australian craft, read a book about Australia, and more!

Brazil: Maracas, Pele, & Beans and Rice - Does Brazil interest you? Locate Brazil on a map, cook an ethnic meal, watch YouTube clips on Brazil, color the flag, create a Brazilian craft, read a book about Brazil, and more!

China: Lanterns, Sticky Rice, and Chop Sticks - Have you ever wanted to visit China? Locate China on a map, cook a Chinese meal, watch YouTube clips on China, color the flag, create a Chinese craft, read a great book about China, and more!

Denmark: Lego's, Vikings, Paper Hearts, and Meatballs - Would you like to learn more about Denmark? Locate Denmark on a map, cook a Danish meal, watch YouTube clips on Denmark, color the flag, create a Danish craft, read a great book about Denmark, and more!

If you won an all-expense paid trip to travel around one continent, which one would you choose?

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Pyramids of Egypt
Pyramids of Egypt | Source
Our Egyptian meal
Our Egyptian meal

Countries of the World: Egypt - Honduras

Egypt: Pyramids, Mummies, and Baklava - Locate Egypt on a map, cook an Egyptian meal, watch YouTube clips on Egypt, color the flag, create an Egyptian craft, read a great book about Egypt, and more!

France: Eiffel Tower, Quiche, & Puss in Boots - Want to know more about France? Use this page to locate France on a map, cook a French meal, watch YouTube clips on France, color the flag, create a French craft, read a great book about France, and more!

Germany: Brothers Grimm, Schultte, & Black Forest Cake - Want to know more about Germany? Locate Germany on a map, cook a German meal, watch YouTube clips on Germany, color the flag, create a German craft, read a great book about Germany, and more!

Greece: Greek Pottery, Feta Cheese, and Opa! - Want to know more about Greece? Locate Greece on a map, cook a Greek meal, watch YouTube clips on Greece, color the flag, create a Greek craft, read a great book about Greece, and more!

Honduras: Mayans, Weaving, & Plantains - Want to know more about Honduras? Locate Honduras on a map, cook a Honduran meal, watch YouTube clips on Honduras, color the flag, create a Honduran craft, read a great book about Honduras, and more!


How well do you know your world geography?

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Ardboe High Cross in Ireland
Ardboe High Cross in Ireland | Source
Part of our Irish meal
Part of our Irish meal

Countries of the World: India - Kenya

India: Elephants, Rice, & Chai - Want to know more about India? In an effort to make world geography more meaningful and memorable, I've compiled all you will need to locate India on a map, cook an Indian meal, watch YouTube clips on India, color the flag, create an Indian craft, read a book about India, and more!

Ireland: Giant's Causeway, Irish Stew, & the Blarney Stone - Want to know more about Ireland? In an effort to make world geography more meaningful and memorable, I've compiled all you will need to locate Ireland on a map, cook an Irish meal, watch YouTube clips on Ireland, color the flag, create an Irish craft, read a book about Ireland, and more!

Italy: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Michelangelo, & Biscotti - Want to know more about Italy? I've compiled all you will need to locate Italy on a map, cook an Italian meal, watch YouTube clips on Italy, color the flag, create an Italian craft, read a great book about Italy, and more!

Japan: Origami, Samurais, & Green Tea - Want to know more about Japan? I've compiled all you will need to locate Japan on a map, cook a Japanese meal, watch YouTube clips on Japan, color the flag, create a Japanese craft, read a great book about Japan, and more!

Kenya: Masai Necklaces, Giraffe Tales, & Curry - Want to know more about Kenya? I've compiled all you will need to locate Kenya on a map, cook a Kenyan meal, watch YouTube clips on Kenya, color the flag, create a Kenyan craft, read a great book about Kenya, and more!

Sumo wrestling arena in Tokyo
Sumo wrestling arena in Tokyo | Source

Can you name the top 5 largest cities in the world?

As of 2010 they were:

1. Tokyo, Japan - 32,450,000

2. Seoul, South Korea - 20,550,000

3. Mexico City, Mexico - 20,450,000

4. New York City, USA - 19,750,000

5. Mumbai, India - 19,200,000

Omani desert landscape
Omani desert landscape | Source
Our Omani meal
Our Omani meal

Countries of the World: Lebanon - Portugal

Lebanon: Phoenicians, the Alphabet, & Fattoush - Are you hoping to learn about Lebanon? Locate Lebanon on a map, cook a Lebanese meal, watch YouTube clips on Lebanon, color the flag, create a Lebanese craft, read a great book about Lebanon, and more!

Mexico: Flan, Monarch Butterflies, & Aztecs - Have you been wondering about Mexico? Locate Mexico on a map, cook a Mexican meal, watch YouTube clips on Mexico, color the flag, create a Mexican craft, read a great book about Mexico, and more!

New Zealand: Kiwi, Sir Edmund Hillary, & Maoris - Does New Zealand interest you? Locate New Zealand on a map, cook a Kiwi meal, watch YouTube clips on New Zealand, color the flag, create a Kiwi craft, read a great book about New Zealand, and more!

Nigeria: Noks, Adire Tie-dye, & Groundnut Stew - Have you ever wanted to visit Nigeria? Locate Nigeria on a map, cook a Nigerian meal, watch YouTube clips on Nigeria, color the flag, create a Nigerian craft, read a great book about Nigeria, and more!

Oman: Curved Daggers, Sinbad the Sailor, & Beef and Date Stew - Would you like to learn more about Oman? Locate Oman on a map, cook a Omani meal, watch YouTube clips on Oman, color the flag, create a Omani craft, read a great book about Oman, and more!

Portugal: Roosters, Explorers, & Stone Soup - Are you hoping to learn about Portugal? Locate Portugal on a map, cook a Portuguese meal, watch YouTube clips on Portugal, color the flag, create an Portuguese craft, read a book about Portugal, and more!

Are you a world geography pro?

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Moscow, the capital of Russia
Moscow, the capital of Russia | Source
Our Russian meal and matryoshka nesting dolls
Our Russian meal and matryoshka nesting dolls

Countries of the World: Qatar - Turkey

Qatar: Oil, Pearls, Sadhew Carpets, & Om Ali - Do you want to know more about Qatar? I've compiled all you will need to locate Qatar on a map, cook a Qatari meal, watch YouTube clips on Qatar, color the flag, create a Qatari craft, read a great book about Qatar, and more!

Russia: Faberge, Chess, & Borscht - Would you like to learn more about Russia? I've compiled all you will need to locate Russia on a map, cook a Russian meal, watch YouTube clips on Russia, color the flag, create a Russian craft, read a great book about Russia, and more!

Singapore: Fountain of Wealth, Merlion, & Chili Crab - Would you like to visit Singapore? I've compiled all you will need to locate Singapore on a map, cook a Singaporean meal, watch YouTube clips on Singapore, color the flag, create a Singaporean craft, read a great book about Singapore, and more!

Spain: Picasso, Flamenco, & Paella - Do you dream of traveling to Spain? I've compiled all you will need to locate Spain on a map, cook a Spanish meal, watch YouTube clips on Spain, color the flag, create a Spanish craft, read a great book about Spain, and more!

Turkey: Mosaics, Turkish Delight, & Camel Fights - Would you like to learn more about Turkey? Locate Turkey on a map, cook an Turkish meal, watch YouTube clips on Turkey, color the flag, create an Turkish craft, read a book about Turkey, and more!

Looking for more activities to interest your students or children in world geography?

Around the World Art & Activities: Visiting the 7 Continents Through Craft Fun (Williamson Little Hands Series)
Around the World Art & Activities: Visiting the 7 Continents Through Craft Fun (Williamson Little Hands Series)

This 128 page book is full of excellent craft activities that help children learn about various countries. Most of the crafts involve regular household items.

 
Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World
Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World

We love combining art and geography! It makes it so much more fun and memorable! This 160 page book is full of activities and projects children can do as they learn about various countries of the world.

 
Kiev, the capital of Ukraine
Kiev, the capital of Ukraine | Source
Our Ukrainian meal and pysanky eggs
Our Ukrainian meal and pysanky eggs

Countries of the World: Ukraine - Zimbabwe

Ukraine: A Missing Mitten, Pysanky Easter Eggs, & Babka Bread - Are you hoping to learn more about Ukraine? I have compiled all you will need to locate Ukraine on a map, cook a Ukrainian meal, watch YouTube clips on Ukraine, color the flag, create a Ukrainian craft, read a great book about Ukraine, and more!

Venezuela: Angel Falls, Cuatro, & Guasacaca - Want to know more about Venezuela? In an effort to make world geography more meaningful and memorable, I've compiled all you will need to locate Venezuela on a map, cook a Venezuelan meal, watch YouTube clips on Venezuela, color the flag, create a Venezuelan craft, read a great book about Venezuela, and more!

Wales: Llanfair PG, Leeks and Daffodils, & Welsh Cakes - Have you ever thought about traveling to Wales? I have compiled all you will need to locate Wales on a map, cook an Welsh meal, watch YouTube clips on Wales, color the flag, create a Welsh craft, read a great book about Wales, and more!

Luxembourg: Pretzel Sunday, Adolphe Bridge, & Plum Tarts - Would you like to learn more about Luxembourg? I have compiled all you will need to locate Luxembourg on a map, cook a Luxembourgian meal, watch YouTube clips on Luxembourg, color the flag, create a Luxembourgian craft, read a great book about Luxembourg, and more!

Yemen: Queen of Sheba, Stained Glass Windows, & Ful - Have you wondered about Yemen? I have compiled all you will need to locate Yemen on a map, cook a Yemeni meal, watch YouTube clips on Yemen, color the flag, create a Yemeni craft, read a great book about Yemen, and more!

Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls, Ndebele Bracelets, & Sadza - Do you want to know more about Zimbabwe? Are you a lover of travel, geography teacher, homeschooling or involved parent, student, or life-long learner? I have compiled all you will need to locate Zimbabwe on a map, cook a Zimbabwean meal, watch YouTube clips on Zimbabwe, color the flag, create a Zimbabwean craft, read a great book about Zimbabwe, and more!

How many countries are in the world?

That depends on your political agenda. The US State Department recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but it does not include Taiwan.

Need More Activity Ideas?

Kids Around the World Cook!: The Best Foods and Recipes from Many Lands
Kids Around the World Cook!: The Best Foods and Recipes from Many Lands

This 128 page children's cookbook contains excellent recipes from around the world. Also look for the book from the same series, "Kids Around the World Create!" which contains great craft activities to go along with the recipes.

 

© 2011 Shannon

Comments, questions, or ideas - I LOVE getting feedback from you! Please leave a note to let me know you dropped by!

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    • iijuan12 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shannon 

      6 years ago from Florida

      @melissiaoliver: Thank you! Australia does sound like an amazing continent!

    • melissiaoliver profile image

      melissiaoliver 

      6 years ago

      Fun lens, thanks for sharing! I live in Europe so I picked Australasia, because it's so unique and different to anything I've experienced.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Fun lens!

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      DianaHarper LM 

      6 years ago

      I so loved the idea of geography by the letter. Liked. Pined. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      anusk1313 lm 

      7 years ago

      You have beautiful leneses with great pics and great places described

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      spartakct 

      7 years ago

      wonderful lens! thanks for sharing!

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      utaliiafrica 

      7 years ago

      great lens and thank you for stopping by to read and contribute to my lens sightseeing-in-morocco

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      TXMary2 

      7 years ago

      Awesome unit!!! Thanks so much :)

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      This is just great, very well thoughtout!

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      Robin S 

      7 years ago from USA

      What a fantastic niche! Nice job!

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      miaponzo 

      7 years ago

      Great idea!!! Great niche! Congratulations for finishing the quest!!! :)

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      Vikki 

      7 years ago from US

      That took a lot of work! Blessed by a squid angel ;)

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      nice travel destinations, 'thumbs up' from me, looking forward to seeing what else you add as time continues

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      peregrineadventures 

      7 years ago

      This is a very cute and unique idea. We really enjoyed reading about it! Thanks for sharing and also educating us at same time!

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