There is nothing better than seeing awe and wonder in a child’s eyes. Whether it is looking at a new site, experiencing a cool activity, or finding an amazing item, the joy of learning can easily be seen and felt. There are many topics you and your family can enjoy and learn about together, including the classic “Seven Wonders of the World.” Before continuing on, let’s take a look at what is included in the list of the Seven Wonders. Over time, the Seven Wonders have changed. The newest list was created in 2007, after more than 100 million people voted to name the “New Seven Wonders of the World,” which are listed below:
- The Great Wall of China in China
- Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Machu Picchu in Peru
- Chichen Itza (The Yucatan Peninsula) in Mexico
- The Colosseum in Rome
- The Taj Mahal in Agra, India
- The Petra in Jordan
Many children and adults may not be familiar with some of these landmarks. However, there are fun and creative ways to learn about them. These activities are hands-on and can be done on a rainy afternoon, a summer day, or a weekend of learning at home.
- Take a virtual field trip on Google Earth to the Seven Wonders. Visit earth.google.com/web and search the various places. Then, zoom in and out and explore the landmark’s history. You can also learn about the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” by searching the website of “The Museum of UnNatural History” (mus.pa.us/wonders.htm).
- Create a passport or scrapbook with pictures and facts about each wonder. In addition, Photoshop pictures of your child in front of the site to help make the experience come alive. Other options include putting together a tourist guidebook, brochure, advertisement, or newspaper. Let your child take on different roles and careers to learn about the famous site. There are many avenues you could take with this activity.
- Make a physical version of the landmark. For example, use paper, markers, and paper towel or toilet paper rolls to build the Christ the Redeemer Statue or create the Great Wall of China with Legos. Common materials that could be used are clay, construction paper, salt dough, rocks, and fabrics.
- Instead of making a physical object, design something digital, such as a video, a commercial for the Seven Wonders, etc. Use sites like iMovie, WeVideo, and Prezi and let your children’s imaginations run wild with creativity. Plus, you can even create an at-home green screen and digitally replace the background with the wonder.
- Study about the culture, cities, and countries where the wonder is located. Research the area’s climate, food, music, arts, historic sites, and more. Then, celebrate that wonder by bringing it and its home country to life. The more vivid and hands-on the experience children can have when learning about the Seven Wonders of the World, the better they’ll be able to remember and retain the knowledge they’ve learned.
- Word searches, puzzles, and quizzes/challenges are more interactive ways to connect the history to a wonder. Also, children of all ages love coloring pages. Plus, it shows children another visual/picture of the site. For printables, visit: com/new-seven-wonders-of-the-world-printables-1832308.
These ideas are perfect ways for children and students at school to learn about the Seven Wonders of the World. There is so much of the world that we don’t know about. The earlier we start exploring these areas, the more “global” a child can be.