Uses of Land: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:03 How Do You Use Land?
  • 0:39 Types of Land Use
  • 2:18 Responsible Land Use
  • 2:51 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

The earth is covered with lots of different types of land. Humans use this land in a variety of ways for a number of different purposes. In this lesson, you'll learn about the different ways people use land in our world.

How Do You Use Land?

If someone gave you a huge piece of land to use for whatever you wanted, what would you do with it? Would you build an amusement park? A huge mansion? How would you use the land?

Land use is when an area is used for a specific purpose to meet the wants and needs of people. The land may be used as it naturally exists, like using a lake for swimming and boating. Or, the land may be changed so that it can be used for another specific purpose, such as a hole being blasted into the side of a mountain so railroad tracks can be laid for trains to pass through.

What types of land use are there? Let's find out!

Types of Land Use

There are five main types of land use: residential, agricultural, recreational, transportation, and commercial.


What type of home do you live in? Whether you live in an apartment, townhome, house, or other type of home, the land where you live is used for residential purposes. This means the land is used to provide housing for people to live in.


If you've ever visited a farm, you've witnessed agricultural land use. Land used for agriculture primarily produces food for people to eat. This could be growing fruit or vegetables or raising livestock that produce meat, eggs, and poultry. The next time you eat your favorite meal, remember that agricultural land use made it possible!


Do you like to go swimming at the pool or hike at the park? If you do, you have definitely taken advantage of recreational land use. This means that the land is being used to provide a place for people to relax and play. Many of the lands used for recreation include natural features of the land that are already there, including hiking on mountains, swimming in lakes, and climbing trees.

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