In first grade social science, children frequently work with globes as they start to learn fundamental concepts of mapping. As local little kids, however, their world tends to be quite a bit smaller, and it can be hard to make connections to a global existence.
In this activity, an inflatable globe and the game of catch both work to give your child a more concrete idea of the relationship between water and land on our planet. Blending science, math, and geography together, this activity will also improve your child's academic skills by introducing him to the concept of collecting data for graphs in order to answer the important question: "Does our planet Earth contain more land or more water?"
This exercise can be done with an individual first grader or with a group. If you're working with a group, pair off the kids, and let each pair have their own chart.
This activity comes from 30-year kindergarten veteran Joan Barksdale.