***COMPETITION CLOSED*** and the winner is Rollercoaster Mum
With 204 countries competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics and 165 countries in the Paralympics, there are many important and fun things to teach children that go far beyond the speed at which a human can run, the awe of a gymnast performing multiple flips on a four-inch wide beam, and the number of paces a horse needs to take in order to successfully clear a high jump.
Leah Lessner from Barefoot Books advises 5 ways to spark children’s imaginations with the many multicultural aspects of the Olympics and Paralympics.
1. Enjoy some food from the country of your child’s favorite Olympic athlete.
3. Make flags representing the countries competing in your child’s favorite competition.
4. Get out that world map and mark it with medal counts as you watch the Olympics and Paralympics together.
5. Learn the capital cities of the countries of the athletes participating in your child’s favorite Olympic and Paralympic sport.
New atlas app for children aims to help boost geographic knowledge
With the Olympics well underway, many children don’t have a clue where to find the UK on a map, let alone other competitors’ home nations. Knowledge of basic geography in classrooms is at an all-time low with one in four British children even unaware what an atlas is.
Barefoot Books has launched a new iPhone app designed to help improve knowledge of the planet, the Barefoot World Atlas is a magical 3D globe that offers hours of fun, allowing users to explore more than 700 countries and regions in the world.
Written by BBC presenter Nick Crane, the Barefoot World Atlas takes children on a thrilling educational adventure as they explore the globe and discover fascinating facts about the regions and countries of the world, immersing themselves in the diverse cultures and natural beauty of our planet.
Research amongst 6-10 year old British children revealed:
- Almost half of children (48 per cent) have been to Spain by the age of ten and 42 per cent have visited France
- Nearly one in two of the respondents polled (45 per cent) could not pinpoint Spain on a map
- Over a third (36 per cent) could not find France
- 41 per cent of the children did not know that the UK was in Europe
- Just over half (51 per cent) were unable to find Germany.
The universal edition of Barefoot World Atlas is available now for a limited period at the new special price of UK £2.49 / US $4.99 / €2.99 from the Apple iTunes App Store (see touchpress.com/titles/atlas) <— REALLY cool link
Win a copy of the Barefoot World Atlas on Mari’s World
You can win a copy of the Barefoot World Atlas here on Mari’s World, please state in the comment box below whether you would prefer an app or a hard copy with an email/Twitter handle so I can contact you, here’s details on how to win
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Terms and condition
- The prize is one hard copy of Barefoot World Atlas OR one copy of the app version.
- The competition closes on 11th September at 12 midnight.
- The winner will be drawn at random from all valid entries.
- The winner will be contacted via email or twitter on 12th September.
- There is no cash alternative.