We are reading the lovely book 'Paddle to The Sea' by Holling Clancy Holling and using it as a springboard for some geography studies. After reading the first two chapters today we built a model of the great lakes using food packaging boxes propped up on bricks with a small opening for the water to overflow into the next 'lake'. Our levels needed a bit of tweaking as the girls poured water into the lakes. They really loved this simple activity and it was very effective in illustrating how the lakes flow into each other!
As the story begins in Canada with an Indian boy carving the canoe, we looked at the native Indian models that we brought back from Canada two years ago when we were there for my brother and sister-in-laws wedding. We have a tepee, a little doll traditionally dressed, a canoe with animals in, and a drum.
I've got various other geography related and Native Indian related activities in mind ready for exploring as we make our way through the book.