Toddler Geography: Colorful Countries of the World Maps (including territories)

Free Colorful Countries of the World Maps

The past week or so I have been working on making countries of the world maps.

You wouldn’t think maps would be something I would have to recreate (yes, I hand-drew all of them based on vector images on Wikipedia, including adding my own details for very small countries and territories that weren’t on the maps. And yes, all of the research and execution and formatting took forever).

But I find myself cursed with this “reinvent the wheel” bug, and I didn’t just want any maps, I wanted very specific maps that met my criteria to include:

  • Bright, playful colors (rather than the pale, neutral colors most maps come in)
  • Just one category at a time labeled (in this case I wanted maps that showed all of the countries without any other information – such as bodies of water or cities – cluttering the map)
  • Each continent on its own individual poster
  • Including territories and dependencies, but only as side notes (each territory or dependency is marked with a number instead of a name, and the numbered list is found at the side of the page)
  • 8×11 sized (to fit in our review binder)
  • Blank maps with no labels as well as a matching labeled maps for the parent to use as a guide
  • The ability to share on my blog for others to use (meaning the original, base images I used had to be copyright free or creative commons copyright)

So here they are. Phew.

But I also hope to get a lot of use out of them. My 9-year-old hasn’t worked on this type of geography in a while and is pretty rusty. My 3-year-old loves maps and when I put them next to his booster chair, he will spend the whole meal asking me, “What’s that? And what’s that?”

Plus our little one on the way will get a lot of use out of these once she gets to the toddler stage (these are best for toddlers on up due to their small size).

Click here to view and download.



12 Comments

  • Suzi Hansborough June 19, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    These are fantastic. I just started “continent boxes” today. These are going to be the first entries! Thank you!

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  • Nicole Auld June 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you very much. These are amazing.

    In England,
    Nicole Auld

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  • Jesper F June 19, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    If you are learning the countries, I can recommend this app: http://www.hippofy.com/

    Also, I learned all the countries in Europe in a few hours with “Remember, Remember” by Ed Cooke.

    See: http://www.amazon.com/Remember-Learn-Stuff-Thought-Never-ebook/dp/B002RI9GUI/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1403214296

    Stoires are much more fun – and much more memorable – than rote memorization 🙂

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  • Liza June 19, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Dear Doman Mom, Thank You very much for your hard work to produce such a resource. It is just what I was dreaming about. God bless you!

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  • Tamsyn June 22, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    You are a saint! I’ve never had much luck looking for maps and as a result have simply gone without. I’ll be using these for sure!

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  • Valerie @Glittering Muffins June 23, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Awesome! Thank you!

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  • Veronica June 30, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    These are great! Just FYI you have a typo on Chile – South America

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    • Elizabeth (DomanMom) July 1, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      It has been fixed and the pdf has been updated! Thank you for letting me know.

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  • Rita September 8, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Thanks for the maps. Though, Russia is a part of Europe and Turkey is considered a part of Asia. It’s all about where the capital is.

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    • Elizabeth (DomanMom) September 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I am aware that there is some dispute about certain countries and which continent they “belong” to, especially Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Cyprus, and Russia. All are sometimes considered part of Asia and sometimes considered part of Europe. From the research I did there is unfortunately no “official” definition of which continent any of those countries belong to, it all depends on who you ask. I decided to put all of the above listed countries on both the Asia and the Europe maps.

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  • FL Reader September 19, 2014 at 6:16 am

    I love your site and have followed your journey for a few years now. Your an amazing and inspirational mom and teacher. Thank you for the example you set!

    I can’t wait to read about Hunters 2014-2015 Homeschooling adventures, and Damien is becoming quite the little academecian! Please post more about how you get him reading via phonics! Do you think you’ll be able to do a “What we’re doing this year” or “Where Are They Now” type update before the new baby is born?

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  • L Kim February 10, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    amazing resources. Just imagine all the kids you are helping to educate by sharing all your resources and anecdotes! Thank you!!!

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