Teaching the concept of your city is in your state…is in your country…is in your continent…is in the world can be such a tough topic for youngsters. My kids still get mixed up on cities, states, and countries sometimes. Mandy Taylor teaches first grade and uses this cute idea:
Nesting cans with maps on each one! She starts by introducing the world, then pulls out the next one with North America on it, and so on and so on. Go visit her blog and you can read all about it. One of the comments on her blog even suggested doing this with the little colored nesting cup toys. Love it!