This ABC sorting activity is a great mix of a matching and reading exercise. The best part is that it’s an interactive activity.

What you need:

  • Print out a list of the African 54 countries
  • Cut out each individual country
  • Use shipping tape to laminate front and back for easy handling
  • Write out A-Z on a poster board at least 4 inches apart or if you have letters laying around simply place them on a table separated at least 4 inches.
  • Let your child start sortingThe goal here is for your child to match the first letter of the country with the alphabet letter. Your child may not be able to read some of the country names so yes you will have to mildly assist. For example my daughter stumbled when she got to Mauritania, Eritrea, etc. However, they were several others that she got right on the first try. But more importantly she was also building her vocabulary along the way.

In some cases we stopped and talked about whether the particular country she had matched was North, South, East or West. She’s still working on understanding coordinates so It was great to sneak that in as well. If there’s a particular country of interest because of family or favorite animal, this is also an opportunity to have a conversation about it.

As you can see this is a very inexpensive activity and easy to do. Try it out and tag us on Instagram. #globalkidzhouse 🙂

-Christine