Where Have You Been?  A geography ice-breaker activity  that results in interpersonal story-telling

Where Have You Been? A geography ice-breaker activity that results in interpersonal story-telling

Todd EllisonNov 22, '23

Teach your young children about geography AND your family heritage.  Where Have You Been?  is a personal travels icebreaker that has multiple benefits.  Your house guests/ visitors/ company/ relatives can make a significant contribution to expanding your children's understanding of geography, all while having fun themselves.

Try these fun interesting ice-breaker questions on your guests. When they answer, have your children attach pieces of sticky notes to that place on your large wall or table maps of the world and the USA (or whatever your nation and region are).  If you need some good maps, download our two already-formatted full-color ledger size printable maps from this free item at our store. If your maps are table maps, then you could also use buttons, rocks, pennies, board game pieces etc. to place on the various locations that your guests share.

List of topics each person may choose from:

  1. It’s the furthest I’ve e­ver been from my home.
  2. My most intense experience was there.
  3. It’s my favorite memory-place.
  4. My longest stay away from home was here.
  5. My most significant friendship was made there.
  6. It’s the prettiest spot I’ve ever been.
  7. It has the worst traffic I’ve ever seen.
  8. Best food anywhere (except at home).
  9. It’s the first city I ever visited outside my country.
  10. I’m still in touch with someone there.
  11. My most life-changing experience was there.
  12. I’d return there in a heartbeat.

    Use this idea to get to know new friends in a social gathering.  Use it over the holidays for getting to know (and especially, helping your young children to learn about) friends and family inter-generationally and from near and far your home.  The concept is simple (and brand new, only from Homeschool How-Tos) and the price is right!  A great way to train young children to love and respect their elders.

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