Continents & Oceans Games & Activities

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Help students learn the names, locations, and features of the continents and oceans of the world by having them take part in these fun games and activities.

Continents and Oceans Games and Activities

The world has seven continents and five oceans, though you'll certainly find people who try to debate that and follow other schools of thought. But whatever definition of continents and oceans you use, as teachers we need to impart this knowledge to our students. We can do that by having them sit at desks memorizing the names of each continent and ocean, or we can make the process fun with some games and activities. Check out a few of these ideas to make learning about continents fun.

Continents & Oceans Naming Game

The first thing students need to learn about continents and oceans are their names and locations. This can be aided by playing the naming game. Start by drawing a map of the world on the main whiteboard. Create labels for each of the continents and oceans, which can be attached to the whiteboard either using tape, magnets, or some other means. Finally, put the ocean and continent labels in a bag to be drawn randomly.

To play, put students into groups, and choose a group to start first. One at a time, groups draw an ocean or continent from the bag. A member of that group must place the label for the continent or ocean you selected in the right location on the world map. If they get it right, they score a point. If they get it wrong, other groups have the opportunity to move the label to the correct place as part of their turn and score a bonus point.

This continues until all of the oceans and continents have been labeled correctly, at which time the group with the most points wins.

Coloring Activity

This activity is pretty simple. Give students a printed map of the world and some colored pencils. The goal is to create a key showing where each continent and ocean is found on the world map. They can use different shades of blue for the oceans, and whatever colors they wish for the continents. Students can embellish their maps by drawing and coloring pictures of relevant artifacts on the top of each continent - like drawing a kangaroo over Australia, or Statue of Liberty over North America. If you wish, you can reward the most beautiful map in the class with a prize.

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