Kenya Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

Instructor: Lindsey Hays

Lindsey has taught Elementary Education, Spanish immersion, and ESL. She has a MS in Elementary Education with a BA in Spanish.

Located in East Africa, Kenya has beautiful geography, rich culture, and an interesting history. In this lesson, we'll look at some of Kenya's most memorable qualities.

The Republic of Kenya

The last time you went to the zoo, what animals did you see? Lions, giraffes, hippos? When you think of animals at the zoo, you're probably thinking of animals found in the wild in Kenya. Kenya is a beautiful African nation with unique wildlife, varied landscape, and rich culture. Let's take a tour of the beautiful nation of Kenya.

Geography

Kenya is located in East Africa along the equator. It is bordered by Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and the Indian Ocean. Since it is near the equator, it is closer to the sun. That means it has hot climate for most of the year. You'd definitely need your sunscreen!

Map of Kenya
Kenya

The capital of Kenya, and biggest city, is Nairobi. Outside of Nairobi are a lot of small villages. Children who live in the villages often walk 30-45 minutes each day to school. Quite a difference from being able to drive or take the bus!

Since Kenya borders the ocean, you can find warm, tropical coasts there. The inland has some mountainous terrain as well. Mount Kenya is the most well-known mountain, which is also a volcano. Lake Victoria is a beautiful, large, tropical lake located there as well. There is so much to see in its beautiful landforms.

Culture

Kenya is said to have over 60 languages and 40 different ethnic groups. The most common languages are Swahili and English, while the most common native language is Bantu. One of the most common cultural groups is the Kikuyu people, who make up more than 20% of the entire population of Kenya. Kenyan culture is rich in storytelling from the numerous tribes.

Many children live with their extended family members, as well as their immediate family. They often have chores to do around the house to help out. The next time you clean your room or help do the dishes, just remember that a child in Kenya could have done that today too!

Beautiful wildlife in the Kenya plains
Wildlife

Once again, Kenya has rich wildlife, like elephants, zebras, cheetahs, leopards, lions, buffalos, rhinos, and birds. They roam in the grasslands, just like what you would expect in a safari in Africa. There are more than 50 government-created parks to help protect and allow people to enjoy the wildlife.

Kenya boosts its economy through the production of coffee, tea, flowers, and the use of tourism.

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