Through these online resources, kids will explore places all over the globe, learn interesting facts about locations they might like to visit someday, test their map and flag knowledge, and even create new societies.
Check them out for yourself and see how much fun geography can be.
Seterra Geography has a ton of fun, interactive geography games on their site. There are over 400 challenging quizzes that cover topics like countries, state capitals, flags, bodies of water, and more.
Players can choose the specific area of the world they want to work on by clicking a spot on the word map in the top navigation bar.
One thing that tweens will like is that they have 7 options for their gameplay mode which helps to keep things interesting for them because they can easily make the game easier or harder.
A nice feature to this site is the fact that they offer more than just games.
There are printables you can easily download and add to your homeschool lesson plans. There’s even an option to create your own custom quiz, which can be very handy when you're teaching geography.
Their blog even gives tips to help students learn specific geographic information.
RubyCave is a site that hosts a variety of free web-based games, including one about flags.
This game focuses on flag identification.
Once a flag comes onto the screen, players will have 30 seconds to guess the correct country. Answers are in multiple choice format. Choose the right answer and win points.
Older kids can sign up and make a free user name so that when they’re logged in, they’ll have the ability to save their score, win medals, and possibly make it into the “hall of fame” with their high score.
National Geographic is one of the best “go-to” sites for learning about geography.
The National Geographic Kids site is designed specifically for kids – just select the round “menu” button at the top of the screen to find interesting short videos, animal facts, online geography games, and more.
Older kids can sign up for a free account in order to earn badges and gain access to additional games and videos.
If your older kids love trivia, Smarty Pins may be right up their alley.
This is similar to GeoGuesser, but rather than show a street view image, it provides a trivia question and a regional map. It's like a map quiz game. Kids will put a pin on the interactive map to guess the answer to the question.
Tweens can select different categories for the questions such as arts & culture, history & current events, and more.
The goal is to place your pin as close to the actual location as possible. You can “take a hint” for more information and get a bonus if you answer quickly.
Try to see how many answers you can get correct before you surpass 1,000 miles.
My kids learned from a robot for years and loved it!
No, they didn't think “I” taught like a robot. They enjoyed spending time with Moby, one of the hosts of BrainPop’s animated videos and online games. They always got excited when I told them it was time for Tim and Moby.
BrainPop offers free feature videos daily or you can access all of their content through a subscription service.
Their geography lessons include latitude and longitude, map skills, time zones and other online geography games.
The world’s favorite international thief is back and better than ever. In cooperation with Google Earth, tweens can try to find out Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego.
The Crown Jewels have been stolen from London and it’s their job to find them. In this version of the game, Carmen has turned her back on her thieving ways and is now dedicated to preserving priceless artifacts.
Tweens need to use clues to track down the lost items. When they click the blue magnifying glass on the screen, they’ll be able to speak to locals and search famous landmarks for clues.
While playing, they can easily return to a location to remind themselves of the clues they’ve found.
When they know where the thieves are heading next, players will click the airplane icon and once they choose their destination, they'll be immediately whisked off to their new location.
The addition of Google Earth really makes kids feel like they are operatives, chasing thieves around the world.
World Geography Games is a site that’s full of fun geography quizzes and games. It’s a great way for older kids to improve their geography knowledge.
Unlike other quiz games that focus solely on states, capitals, and flags, this site has over 50 games that cover much broader geographic topics. Sure, these are available, but players can choose from so much more.
On this site, tweens can choose topics like bodies of water, mountains, volcanoes, continents, deserts, etc.
After kids give correct answers, additional information pops up on the screen for further learning.
Your tweens won't have any trouble finding a quiz topic to challenge them.
Hopefully, you’ve been able to see how easy it is to make geography fun and engaging for older kids. Especially when you add some online games alongside your middle school geography curriculum.
I love homeschooling! Learning is a way of life for our family. Most days you will find us exploring our Central Florida community, having fun while learning. I am constantly looking for new and interactive ways to engage my older children.