Thursday 31 January 2008

Continent Boxes Swap

Here we are, as promised.
Please read the post carefully before signing up and you need to email me (see below) to sign up.

The continent boxes are used to enhance the learning of geography and culture. Each class should have a box containing small objects related to the continent in question and a folder containing photos/postcards of daily life, people at work and at rest, animals, crafts, landscape, plants, art etc.

Taking that we have enough people sign up I will put you into a group of 4. That means you need to send 3 sets and you will receive 3 sets. I will try my hardest to mix up the groups therefore you need to tell me which country and continent you will represent.

Each set you send must contain 10 small objects for the continent box.

ideas for objects suitable for the box...

  • small coins or bills of the local currency
  • traditional children's toys/games
  • flag
  • children's books
  • examples of traditional artwork/crafts/textiles
  • dolls dressed in traditional attire
  • non-perishable food
  • small representations of the local animals, foods, houses, landscapes, plants etc.
  • a CD of music
  • postage stamps
  • small books/pamphlets of local life/animals/plants etc.
  • examples of local transportation
  • items used in local festivals
  • examples of the countries script if it is not the alphabet we use in English (Kanji, Hangul etc.)
  • examples of rocks and minerals specific to the country

If you have any other ideas to add to the list please pop them in a 'comment' thanks.

Please remember that you will be sending packages overseas so don't put in anything that is against immigration regulations.
If you would like to participate then copy and paste the following information..

continent and country you are representing:
email address:

fill in the missing bits and send it in an email to me at
montessori.swapshop at gmail dot com
please write continent swap in the subject bar.

The swap will closes February 14th, I will send your groups info within a few days and then you will have until the end of the month to get your packages in the post.

***Please Note*** I don't want to know where you are or where you are posting from, I just need to know which continent and which country you will be representing, you maybe living in Canada but want to sent items representing Asia, Cambodia. or you may live in the UK but want to send items from Europe, Norway.
I guess we will have more entries from the United States than anywhere else, so if you are in the States and able to represent another country please do so. At the end of the day it will be potluck, it all depends on who signs up.

When you are gathering the things for the packages you will send think about what kind of package you would like to receive. Most Montessorians prefer objects made from natural resources over plastic and the objects should be beautiful and interesting to capture the imagination of the child.

OK, if you are still interested after reading all that, send me an email.


  1. Hi Jo,
    incidentally a new yahoo group has just been opened just for this same purpose. I was happy to find that this was something you had already done... mind if I link the members to this page? You are definately more organised and experienced, as we are still working out the logistics of how we are to run it.
    BTW, I did a postcard snack swap with you recently, and I know your system was in the back of my mind while I created this group. Thanks for your continued inspiration!! xox

  2. hi Sonja,
    sure you can link the page/blog. I am thinking of doing another swap next month, i am just trying to come up with a good theme!

  3. Hi Jo,

    Am new to Montessori but would love to take part in this.

    name: Linda Edsall
    continent: USA - but could do two specialties - Hopi Indian or Pennsylvania Dutch/Amish - if interested.


  4. Hi Linda,
    this was the swap I set up last year and we have just finished this years continent swap.
    I suggest signing up for for the continent swap group

    also, this link is a good one for Montessori info..


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