I pulled out a Ravensburger "Discover and Learn" Map of the World Puzzle to keep the children busy, while I was working on all the apples this week.
Although I noticed in the Amazon reviews there were a few complaints about the accuracy and the placement of the equator, we found it to be an excellent puzzle. Not only are the continents and oceans labeled, but individual countries too, shown with their flags, and capitals marked.
There is also a list of interesting world facts, only slightly out of date in reference to population, and a very nice full color poster to hang on the wall, once the puzzle is taken apart, and put back in the box.
At 200 pieces, D (age 8) found it a little daunting to attempt on his own, even though the puzzle is marked for ages 8 and up, but lucky for him, his older brother was willing to lend a hand.
While the boys worked away on the puzzle, the girls were inspired to make a cookie version of the map (I can't imagine where they'd get such an idea).
They used the enclosed poster to trace out the general outline of the continents on wax paper...
...for a template...
...to cut the dough around (click here for the recipe) into map shapes.
Once the cookies were baked and cooled, I mixed up a batch of butter cream frosting for them, and colored it to match the colors of the continents on the puzzle.
They did such a great job, I almost didn't have the heart to tell them they'd frosted the wrong side of Africa.
It's great to be a homeschooler.