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World Puzzle Map
Social Studies - Geography
World Map.JPG
Level Primary
Age 3 +
Prerequisites Continents Globe
Materials World Puzzle Map

This material teaches the child about the continents.


  1. Take the puzzle map and the control map to a mat (two mats may be needed depending on the size).
    Put the puzzle map on the left and the control mat on the right.
  2. Remove the pieces one at a time from the puzzle and place them on the corresponding spot on the control mat.
  3. After all of the pieces have been removed, carefully replace them back in the puzzle.

Points of Interest

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions

  • A three period lesson could be done with the continents to learn their names.
  • Continent puzzle pieces could be put in a mystery bag for the child to try to identify by touch.

Map Making

  • Trace the control map and color in with colored pencils, paint, oil pastels, or colored chalk.
  • Trace around each continent on the appropriately colored construction paper. Pin-punch or cut out the continents. Then glue onto blue circles that have been painted on paper or cut out of blue paper and glued down.
  • Maps may be labeled with pre-printed labels, labels written out by then child, or names of continents could be written directly on the map.


Where to Buy

Puzzle Map
Adena $25.65
Albenesi $70.00 (colors are wrong)
Albenesi $90.00 (Plexiglass back)(colors are wrong)
Alison's $42.00
Best Montessori Toys $46.34
Bruins $110.00
Cabdev $129.00
Caliber $23.99
Creative Learning $29.95
E & O $130.00
Grandpas $25.00
Hello Wood $119.00
Juliana Group $98.60 (Plexiglass back)
Juliana Group $98.60 (Plexiglass back)(colors are wrong)
Kid Advance $25.99
Montessori Land $36.00
Montessori N' Such $46.00
Montessori Outlet $29.95
Nienhuis $125.50 (includes tracing circle)

Labeled Control Map
Adena $3.15
Thinkamajigs $48.95
Albenesi $15.00
Bruins $7.00 (continents & oceans labeled)
Bruins $7.00 (continents labeled)
Cabdev $7.20
Creative Learning $2.99
E & O $7.00
Hello Wood $6.00
Juliana Group $9.80
Kid Advance $2.99
Montessori Outlet $2.95
Nienhuis $8.50
Thinkamajigs $4.95

Unlabeled Control Map
Adena $3.15
Albenesi $15.00
Alison's $3.00 (full color)
Bruins $7.00
Bruins $7.00 (oceans labeled)
Cabdev $7.20
Creative Learning $2.99
E & O $7.00
Grandpas $3.00
Hello Wood $5.00
Juliana Group $9.80
Kid Advance $2.99
Montessori Outlet $2.95
Nienhuis $8.50
Thinkamajigs $4.95

Tracing Circle
Alison's $21.00 (wooden)
Grandpas $3.00 (wooden)
Hello Wood $16.00 (blue acrylic)
Juliana Group $12.60
Montessori Outlet $1.95 (clear plastic)

Replacement Knobs
Montessori Outlet 10 for $0.95

Further Reading