Map the stuff in your house to see where it was made in this trade around the world activity for kids. You’ll create familiarity with the globe as well as opening a discussion on worldwide trade and where stuff comes from.
Print out a World Map, use a globe, or use a wall map of the world. Gather fifteen or twenty items from your home. Look on each item to see where it was made. Put a dot, sticker or tack on each location around the world. It will help you review the locations of countries and probably learn some new ones as well.
Our video camera was made in Japan, no surprise there, and no surprise that the kids toys were almost all made in China. But we also had a t-shirt from Lesotho (had to use the index of the atlas to locate that one), sweat pants from Mauritius (ditto), and our toilet paper is courtesy of Canada. Thanks Canada, we couldn’t live without you.
We mapped over fifty items from around our house, most came from the United States or China. None came from Europe or South America.
- Why do so many things come from Asia, but very few from Europe? See if you can find out the answers.
- Is world wide trade a good thing or a bad thing? Should countries freely trade with each other or not? Different economists and politicians have had differing views on international trade. Decide what you believe and why.
- How do goods get from one place in the world to another? Did your shoes come by boat, plane, train, or truck?
- Make a graph of continents or countries your goods come from to see where you get the most stuff.