Learn Geography in the Kitchen!

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #140, Learn Geography in the Kitchen!, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Learn Geography in the Kitchen!

In “Learn Geography in the Kitchen!” Episode, #140, Meredith Curtis introduces you to global cuisine that your children can cook, bake, and eat. Learning is more fun in the kitchen and that’s true of geography, too. You can travel from continent to continent learning about popular foods and places to visit. A springboard to a unit study or delight-directed rabbit trail is always a possibility!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Your children can cook, bake, and eat their way across the world. Learning is more fun in the kitchen and that’s true of geography, too. You can travel from continent to continent learning about popular foods and places to visit.

Start by looking at a map of the continent and talking about some of the foods that are native to the region.

I also like to explore places that are beautiful and interesting. You can do all of this with Travel God’s World Cookbook: maps, flags, info about each continent, places to visit list, foods to try list, and recipes!

North America

Canada and the USA are huge countries that take up all the space in the third largest continent. Though Central America is considered part of North America, I’m going to talk about Central America separately.

Places to Visit

  • Niagara Falls
  • Rockies (in US and Canada)
  • Nortre-Dame Basilica
  • Grand Canyon
  • Pike’s Peak
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Kennedy Space Center

Foods to Try:

  • Maple Syrup
  • Tourtiere (beef and meat pie)
  • Poutine (fries covered in gravey and cheese curds)
  • Grits
  • Hamburgers
  • Fried Chicken
  • Apple Pie

Central America

Mexico, El Salvadore, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras, Guatamala, and Nicaragua make up Central America.

Beautiful beaches, hot deserts, and majestic mountains make it a lovely place to explore.

Places to Visit:

  • Totihuacan (pyramids)
  • Guanajuato
  • Acapulco
  • Ruta de las Flores
  • Lake Ilopango (lake in a volcano crater)
  • Tazumal (Mayan ruins)
  • Snorkle off Caye Caulker Island
  • Rio Celeste Waterfall

Foods to Try:

  • Tamales
  • Tostados
  • Enchiladas
  • Pupasas
  • Yuca Frita
  • Tres Leches Cake

Caribbean

The Caribbean is filled with tropical islands like St. Lucia, Curacao, Bahamas, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Aruba, Barbados, Grenada, Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

Places to Visit:

  • The Beaches
  • Historic Churches
  • Gardens
  • Plantation Museums

Foods to Try:

  • Conch
  • Mango Chutney
  • Coconut Rice
  • Breadfruit
  • Plantains
  • Sugar cakes
  • Pina Colada

South America

Twelve nations make up South America and each has its own flavor and food.

Places to Visit:

  • Angels Falls
  • Igauzu Falls
  • Christ the Redeemer Statue overlooking Rio De Janeiro
  • Amazon Rainforest
  • Cathedrals
  • Monestaries
  • Colonial Towns
  • Cachu Picchu (Inca ruins)
  • Galapogos Islands
  • Atacama Desert

Food to Try:

  • Black Beans
  • Arroz con Pollo
  • Cuy (Guinea Pig)
  • Alpaca
  • Cheesy Potatoes
  • Flan
  • Coffee

Europe

The second-smallest continent is jam-packed with countries! There is a so much to see and taste.

Places to Visit:

  • Big Ben
  • Westminster Cathedral
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Notre Dame
  • Charles Bridge/Prague Castle
  • Venice
  • Assisi
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Swiss Alps
  • Vatican
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Alhambra

Foods to Try:

  • Fish and Chips
  • Paella
  • Coq au Vin
  • Ratatouille
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage
  • Rye Bread
  • Fondue
  • Schnitzel
  • Gelato

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Africa

Exotic Africa is home to 54 countries! Wow! From deserts to savannahs to jungles, this continent has it all including majestic mountains.

Places to Visit:

  • Pyramids
  • Victoria Falls
  • Mouont Kilimanjara
  • Safari Animals at Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Gorillas & Chimpanzees at Virunga National Park
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Zanzibar
  • Madagascar
  • Mauritius

Food to Try:

  • Akara Balls
  • Kushari
  • Chicken Tagine
  • Bobotie
  • Curried Cabbage
  • Red Lentils with Yams
  • Tahini Dip
  • Puff Puff
  • Honey Cakes

Asia

Asia is BIG! From the    Hialayan Mountains to the tropical rainforests of Vietnam to the deserts of the Middle East, Asia is unique in its cultures and peoples.

Places to Visit:

  • Great Wall of China
  • Forbidden City
  • Mount Fuji
  • Taj Mahal
  • The Grand Palace Bangkok
  • Singapore
  • Dead Sea
  • Sea of Gallilee
  • Temple Mount in Jerusalem
  • Ephesus
  • Cappadocia

Foods to Try:

  • Hummus
  • Spicy Edamame
  • Chop Suey
  • Mongolian Beef
  • Boba Tea
  • Pineapple Cakes

Australia & Oceania

From the glaciers of New Zealand to the tropical rainforests of the Polynesia, Oceania is full of wonder and beauty. Australia is the smallest continent with New Zealand nearby. Oceania is made up of many tropical island nations.

Places to Visit:

  • Lake Wakatipu
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • Bondi Beach
  • Outback
  • Kangeroo Island
  • Fiji
  • Sopoaga Waterfall, Samoa
  • Faarumai Waterfalls, Tahiti
  • Varirate National Park, Papua New Guinea

Foods to Try:

  • Kiwi Dip
  • Cheese & Bacon Roll
  • Dagwood Dog (similar to corn dogs)
  • Chicken Fafa
  • Emu
  • Crocodile
  • Kangeroo
  • Green Chicken Curry Pie
  • Kokoda (raw fish with citrus and coconut milk)
  • Mumu (leafy greens, root vegetables, meat, fruit, coconut milk cooked in a banana leaf-lined pit)
  • Palusami (taro leaves & onions in coconut milk)
  • Fairy Bread
  • Lamingtons

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Resources

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