Our social studies curriculum requires us to reach a unit on Africa so that our children become aware of the needs of people throughout the world. To assist with geography skills, I use a projector to trace the outline of Africa and the countries onto a white bed sheet. I use fabric paint to paint each country and then cut the map out. I place the map on the floor on a blue bed sheet that represents the oceans. I cover the map with a heavy plastic so the children can walk on it as we work. We place labels for directions on the map as well as country names, paper and plastic animals, yarn for the equator and tropic regions, and pictures of natural resources on the continent. This activity really keeps the children focused and excited each day.