I recently discovered the fabulous European countries and capitals flashcards created by the fabulous Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood blog owner. While it took some work, I happily printed, cut out, laminated, and re-cut out the European countries and capitals she shared.
AND BOY AM I GRATEFUL!!
However, I found myself in need of the western hemisphere since we are just starting Europe, but have already learned to draw the west.
Now, please know that I am NOT a fan of busy work or extra teacher-worksheets. However, my son thinks he is doing his work because he is drawing and labeling as he is supposed to. Somehow, despite the hundreds of times I have reminded him, he is missing the fact that learning to draw the world without knowing what you are drawing is just a little pointless. I have discovered that he needs a little extra help in the learning department.
I started with the Greater Antilles, since it is the smallest group. My cards are nowhere near as pretty as the ones from Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood, but they work and quite well I might add. (I have created South America and Central America for myself, but I’m still working on formatting ease for others.)
Here is what to do:
- Print the two pages of cards by clicking here.
- Turn the capitals over so the blank sides are back-to-back. Your countries and capitals should now line up.
- Fold your paper evenly in 3 vertical columns.
- Now, cut along the folds so you have three sections.
- Cut across the bottom black line of each row of countries or capitals.
- You can laminate them back-to-back like this or trim them more to a slightly smaller size. I prefer to do this. Just BE CAREFUL not to cut down too far and lose part of your card. (Sometimes I get a little carried away)
- Once they are laminated, trim the laminate to make your cards perfect! I recommend 5ml laminating pouches, though I only had 3ml on hand. It worked just fine.
If you prefer to laminate one sheet of paper, turn the second page upside down and then copy it from 1 sided to 2 sided on your printer. I like the sturdiness of the 2 sheets of paper. Card stock would provide the same effect though.
What about Canada you ask? Well, that is still a work in progress. The CIA site I used (same as Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood used for Europe) does not contain images of Canada. Odd. I know. Using Wikipedia, I have located a front for each card, but I have not located a site with consistent pictures of each individual province and capital.
Here is the site used for the map images. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
DISCLAIMER: Yes, there is a little haziness to the capital side, but the capital is written clearly below the picture. Central America and the Greater Antilles were very difficult to work with due to the sizing of the maps on the CIA website.
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