Mastering the Globe

map puzzle

I can’t resist puzzles, toys, and games that are just as educational as they are fun. Last week I ordered The Global Puzzle from Amazon after seeing it mentioned in a homeschool resource.

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While on vacation, we’re playing games, doing puzzles, reading books – why not sneak in a little geography lesson at the same time? The description said that the puzzle is nearly guaranteed to improve your geography knowledge because the pieces are actually shaped like the countries, states, and provinces. That sounded good to me.

map puzzle 2

Everyone had fun putting the puzzle together, but I was dismayed that I didn’t work on it much. I could use help with geography, especially when it comes to all of the African countries; truth be told, I could use a serious tune up on the entire world.

Then I realized I could take all of the Africa pieces out and put them back in again without disturbing the rest of the puzzle. There was still a chance that I could improve my geography!


The first time I tried it, I was dismayed at how long it took me to figure out where each country went. I’ve repeated the process well over a dozen times and each time I get better. Since most countries are represented as one puzzle piece, I can hold each one in my hand and think about where it should be placed. When I master Africa, I’ll move on to South America, which should be significantly easier.

When we look at a map, or in this case, a map puzzle, it becomes clear that we are not the center of the world – and that’s a good lesson for all of us.

I should note, I was not asked to review this puzzle, it’s just a fun way to learn something that is important, and think you might like it too.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Jenny Covey Story
    August 6, 2015

    Such a good suggestion. We leave on vacation today and I ordered the same puzzle for us to do.

  2. lucylou99
    August 6, 2015

    Just ordered it! Thanks for the tip!
    Cindy Mc

  3. mommafoster
    August 6, 2015

    We have it and love it too! We can't leave it out very long because of so many little hands in our house, but my husband and I get a kick out of doing it every once in a while.

  4. Pam H.
    August 6, 2015

    Thank you! Home school Mom here thinking this would help us all while having fun at the same time. We have a United States bingo game that is a big help when it comes to capitals of each state, plus we have such a blast doing it. Learning really is fun!!

  5. Rebecca
    August 6, 2015

    What a great idea! How big are the pieces? My little people (5.5 and 3.5) are really into puzzles. Do you think they could enjoy doing it with lots of help? Having one from Ethiopia means he's always curious how far we are from Ethiopia.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 6, 2015

      You would need to help put the puzzle together but then he could practice Africa like I am.

      1. Rebecca
        August 6, 2015

        Ordered it. Worst case scenario the parents will put the whole thing together and then divide it into smaller puzzles by continent.

  6. Sharon
    August 6, 2015

    I love it – I've been wanting to improve on my geography, especially with so many countries changed and new ones have been added since my 8th grade geography class. 🙂

  7. Erika
    August 7, 2015

    When I was 6 years old a neighbor lady gave me a 100 piece USA one side and World on the other side. Loved it. When I had kids I found a current one for my kids and now will get one for my grandkids. I am looking at this one too for me. Hope your having a blast. Sounds like it 🙂

    God bless


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