Best geography home schooling resources

Best geography home schooling resources
Criss-cross the globe, visit landmarks and even venture out into space with our pick of the best geography home schooling resources. Whether you want to chat to an explorer, take on a massive world colouring project or learn amazing facts about every nation on Earth, you'll find plenty of KS1 and KS2 geography activities on our list.
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Best for a world-sized colouring project

How many of the world's 207 countries can you name? Learn the locations and flags of every nation with National Geographic's free colouring map, adapted by cartographers so you can colour it in (it's huge – 8 panels! –  so it can be an ongoing project). 

Best for interactive geographical games

Test your knowledge of countries, capitals, flags, US states, continents, islands, oceans, landmarks and more with interactive World Geography Games (you can play in other languages too, if you fancy an even bigger challenge!). Games are free to play so you'll be a geography whizz by the end of the month!

Best for geography curriculum learning

 
The geography KS1 and KS2 Class Clips on BBC Teach offer concise explanations of a variety of geographical topics for primary children.

Climate, maps, rivers, the United Kingdom and the world, seasons, the water cycle and earthquakes are all covered (and TheSchoolRun's geography homework help resources offer extra links, games and activities for all primary geography topics if you want to expand your knowledge, too).

Best for geographical facts and figures

Planning a KS2 geography project, or just want to know more about a country or sector? Explore the world’s data with Knoema’s World Data Atlas, an easy-to-use guide which offers essential global statistics and visualisations organised by industry, country, region and source.

Best for learning about local maps

Colouring that will keep even KS2 kids (and adults!) busy for hours, these downloadable Ordnance Survey maps for UK cities and locations (London, Southampton, Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Newcastle and more) are availbale for free to colour in. It's time to sharpen your colour pencils, dig out the felt tips and give it a go – though at 1: 10 000 scale, you'll need a steady hand to stay in the lines!

Best for extra-terrestrial exploration

 
Wander through the deserted landscape on Mars thanks to a free immersive experience from NASA and Google, Access Mars, accessible on all desktop and mobile devices and virtual reality / augmented reality (VR/AR) headsets. 

The guided tour of Mars has been created using imagery from NASA's Curiosity rover, allowing users to wander the actual dunes and valleys explored by the spacecraft and look more closely at objects of scientific interest, including rock outcrops and mud crack. Four important sites for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission can also be visited: Curiosity's landing site; Murray Buttes; Marias Pass and Pahrump Hills. 

Best for "meeting" explorers

Explorer Classroom’s live video events connect students with National Geographic Explorers across all seven continents to bring exploration to life, every week day at 2pm Eastern Standard Time (7pm in Britain).

Explorer Classroom is free to take part it, and families can register for a chance to be picked for one of six on-camera spots to ask the explorers your questions during the event! Catch up with previous events in the Explorer Classroom playlist on YouTube.

Best for travelling to tourist hotspots from your kitchen table

Colour your way around the world with Culture Trip's travel-inspired colouring pages. Travel colouring set one and set two will whisk you around the globe, taking you everywhere from Amsterdam’s canals and the Indian jungle to the Bastille Day celebrations in France, the carnical in Rio, Brazil and Barcelona’s bustling La Rambla.

Best for a complete geography topic to follow

​Our Ocean Planet is a series of 12 lessons about the diversity and importance of Britain’s surrounding seas from Encounter Edu. Designed for KS1 and KS2 students, the lessons cover everything from the water cycle in the Arctic to penguin evolution in the Southern Ocean.

Each lesson is introduced by a different ocean scientist or explorer. The experts set the students their geographical learning mission, with activities and resources to support their own research and investigations, and the videos are accompanied by a Teacher Book to download (all for free).

Best for virtual travel

Dreaming of a day out by the sea or a trip to a museum? With Google Arts & Culture Places you can explore the world from the comfort of your sofa (and without the jet lag and plane ride, too!). 

Visit iconic monuments like the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids at Giza or the Colosseum from every angle, see street art, heritage sites and science laboratories, take tours and step onto world-famous stages. The world is open!

Best for roaming through the stars (and planets, and galaxies)

 
Roam through our local solar neighborhood with the Digital Universe. Developed by the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, it is the most complete and accurate 3D atlas of the observable Universe, as mapped through astronomical observations.

Every satellite, moon, planet, star and galaxy is represented to scale and in its correct, measured location according to the best scientific research to-date.

Best travel-themed activities

There's no need to leave the living room to enjoy a couple of hours of international fun. The free Skyscanner Play Packs are collections of travel-puzzles, challenges and art projects – there's a holiday-themed “spot the difference”, a destination wordsearch, a travel trivia quiz and more to give kids a little peak into another country, world and culture.