Enjoy the Olympics with your Family with Barefoot Books World Atlas {Giveaway}

by CarrieB


Undoubtedly, a good many of you are presently enjoying watching the Olympic games which are taking place in London at the moment. Our family has been following along and enjoying them as well. We’ve also been taking the opportunity to learn some geography as we hear about the different countries.

One of the tools we have used in this process is Barefoot Books World Atlas, which was written by Nick Crane and illustrated by David Dean. This awesome 56-page book is tailored for ages 8 and up, but my 5 and 3 year old like it just fine. The reason we find it so fascinating is because of all of the illustrations of animals, people and landmarks which are placed on their location on the globe. In which ocean would you find a giant squid? Where is the longest railroad located? What is the Corn Palace (and where is it)?! This Atlas does a good job making kids curious about the world in which they live. We have enjoyed looking at and highly recommend it to you.

Furthermore, Barefoot Books has released a World Atlas iPad application for children to use as well.

Now, this iPad app is just plain fun, that’s what! I sat down with my boys and we explored the globe together, double-clicking on the icons which most struck our fancy. We took turns selecting icons as we were all drawn to different items that we wanted to learn more about. (Mommy was the one who tapped on the Corn Palace. I had to know.) When you double-click on any icon, information about that person, place or thing pops up on the screen. There is an audio selection which is nice for children who cannot yet read but want to know more about the items in question. Sometimes there is video information and always there is a real-life photograph. Zoom in on any particular area or region or zoom out for the “big picture” of our earth. You can “choose your own adventure” so to speak as you surf the globe and see how unique each person and place really is.

Likely many of you are finding ways to bring the Olympic games into your home. Barefoot Books has offered some suggestions for how you can teach Geography to your children by using the Olympics to create interest. Here is a list of activities which they have suggested. It’s not too late to try any one of these and make your Olympic experience all the richer!

  • Enjoy some food from the country of your child’s favorite Olympic athlete
  • Have a World Atlas app or book handy while you watch the games and learn one fun fact about each country in the competition
  • Make flags representing the countries competing in your child’s favorite competition
  • Get out that world map and mark it with medal counts as you watch the Olympics together
  • Learn how to say Hello in the different languages of the countries represented in your child’s favorite sport
  • Read books with your children about the different countries and cultures represented in the Olympics
  • Have your child pick an athlete from a different country, then research their training conditions, and discuss why the land the athlete comes from helps contribute to their athletic abilities (ie: marathoners from Africa train in desert heat and higher elevations, etc.)
  • When the medals are handed out and the flags go up, the winner’s national anthem is played. Find out what the words of the national anthem mean and sing it with your child
  • Learn the capital cities of the countries of the athletes participating in your favorite Olympic sport
  • Figure out what time it is in the home country of the winning athlete and help your child calculate the best time for the athlete to call home and share the exciting news with their family

It would be very fun to hear how you and your households are enjoying and participating in the games.

In the meantime, Barefoot Books hopes to encourage youngsters in their fascination of the world in which they live. To encourage you to learn geography along with your chilren, they have offered to give away ONE book and ONE iPad app to one of you! Would you like to win? Use the Rafflecopter entry form to earn several entries each day.  This contest is open to U.S. Residents only.  We’ll announce the winner on August 13.

Carrie blogs about books and the things she learns from them at Reading to Know.

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1 Rachel July 30, 2012 at 1:00 am

We’ve been loving the Olympics! My daughter who will be 3 in September was really getting into the synchronized diving. She was clapping for each team after their dives!
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2 Michelle July 30, 2012 at 8:02 am

We have been enjoying the Olympics. Favorite event for our girls has been gymnastics….they are amazing!

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3 Jenny July 30, 2012 at 10:08 am

We have been enjoying them – our favorite events to watch are swimming and gymnastics.

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4 Van July 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Been following along somewhat, would like to win the book.

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5 mrsshukra July 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Watched diving and swimming events!

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6 Alison S. July 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm

We haven’t been able to watch as much of the Olympics as I would like but we’ve enjoyed the swimming and gymnastics. M was pretending to dive off the furniture while we watched diving. Maybe he needs swim lessons?!

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7 Shari July 30, 2012 at 5:10 pm

The Olympics are on in our house from sun up until sun waaaay down! :) We love the swimming and gymnastics the best.

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8 Whitney July 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Yes we love the Olympics! Diving is our favorite!

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9 angie July 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm

we have been loving it all from opening to all the great sports
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10 Anne Lehnick July 30, 2012 at 10:11 pm

We’ve been watching and particularly enjoying the synchronized diving events. My son is bored by the swimming events. Gymnastics has been past his bedtime. Hopefully he’ll like the horse events, boxing, and track events.

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11 Kathy Stevenson July 31, 2012 at 8:33 am

We love watching the swimming and the gymnastics!

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12 Marcia Goss July 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Yes, we have been watching. My favorite sport is swimming.

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13 Mia Dentice Carey
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Yes….really enjoying the swimming

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14 MommyPage July 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Great giveaway!! Our favorites are women’s gymnastics and swimming. The Opening was fun to watch as well.
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15 Richelle July 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm

We are watching when we find time. I love swimming and my daughter loves gymnastics.

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16 Lawanna July 31, 2012 at 10:18 pm

We like watching swimming.

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17 Jamie August 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm

We haven’t been watching – so busy with other summer events. But, I do enjoy gymnastics.

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18 Ann Fantom August 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Yes, we have been enjoying the Olympics. I like the women’s gymnastics the most.

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19 Shannon Baas August 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm

we have been enjoying gymnastics.

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20 Linda Kish August 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm

My son has been watching the swimming

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21 Rochel S August 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Love the Gymnastics!

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22 ma August 2, 2012 at 5:07 am

yes love it swimmimg gymnastics

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23 Sherri wellman August 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

We love watching the gymnastics!

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24 Staci A August 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Yes, we love watching volleyball.

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25 Wendy August 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

The various swimming events are fun to watch!

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26 Kelly D August 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I only watch the re-caps of the olympics on the news but I think the gymnasts & swimmers are amazing.

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27 Patricia August 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm

We love the diving!

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28 Annette {This Simple Mom} August 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Oh yes! I tend to like the gymnastics…but they are all amazing!

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29 Rosita August 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm

We’ve been watching the swimming, but not much else. (We’re really a Winter Olympics family.)

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30 LaTanya August 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm

my fave is gymnastics

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31 Krista August 4, 2012 at 2:34 am

My boys don’t really care to watch that much, but I really love the gymnastics!
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32 LT August 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

We have been enjoying the Olympics! My children have loved the diving!

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33 Beth C August 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm

We have been enjoying the gymnastics.
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34 Noreen August 5, 2012 at 1:33 am

Swimming the most
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35 Steph August 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm

We have been enjoying the Olympics. I would say our favorites so far are Beach Volleyball and Soccer (football).

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36 riTa August 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm

We watch a lot, as much as possible.
I tend to feel sorry for the underdogs.
And get excited whenever Argentina appears (I grew up there).
Our family, three children, lived on a ship, with 30 nationalities represented, and traveled around South America three times and Europe twice, so geography and interest in different nationalities. We especially want to pass on some of this love for other countries to our grandchildren.

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37 Georgiana O. August 6, 2012 at 12:01 am

My favorite events are swimming and gymnastics.

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38 Daniel M August 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm

yes we’ve been like the diving and gymnastics

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39 rachel August 7, 2012 at 11:10 pm

mens gymnastics and synchronized diving

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40 Erika P. August 8, 2012 at 12:25 am

Yes we have been enjoying them and basketball is my favorite.

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41 Jodi Kershuk August 8, 2012 at 1:14 am

Yes, swimming is our favorite.

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42 Diane Baum August 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm

We love the diving

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43 Belinda Shaw August 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I enjoy the gymnastics since my granddaughter has been doing this since she was very young.

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44 benita August 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm

We have been enjoying. We love the volleyball and the tennis.

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45 tamar August 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm

We are enjoying but it is strange for the american volleyball teams to play against each other for gold and silver

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46 Jennifer R August 9, 2012 at 12:37 am

We have watched some of the Olympics and we enjoyed the swimming and archery.
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47 McKim August 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

We’ve been watching the highlights later in the evening. We like swimming and gymnastics.

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48 Jim Cabaj August 10, 2012 at 2:16 am

My family has enjoyed watching swimming! Amazing!

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49 reagan cowley August 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

We loving watching the Olympics and our favorite sports to watch are gymnastics and track

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50 Leslie L. Stanziani August 10, 2012 at 11:04 am

We have not gotten to really watch much as we are trying to get ready for our move.I do like gymnastics.

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51 Jason August 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

We love the Olympics! we are big fans of the indoor and outdoor volleyball
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52 Sherry Conrad August 10, 2012 at 11:54 am

We like the swimming & gymnastics.

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53 kathy pease August 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm

i love gymnastics

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54 shawna August 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm

We have been watching we don’t really have a fav, but we do enjoy the gymnastics and track

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55 Valerie Taylor Mabrey August 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm

we love the gymnastics and the divers
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56 Erin E August 10, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Yes we have, and our favorite event to watch is gymnastics. Thank you for the lovely giveaway!
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57 Clint August 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm

We love track and field, but the individual women’s gymnastics was the best event so far.

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58 Summer D August 11, 2012 at 12:23 am

We love the Olympics! We enjoy swimming, gymnastics and track and field.

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59 Trisha McKee August 11, 2012 at 2:47 am

We have been watching. I love the swimming event.

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60 susan smoaks August 11, 2012 at 5:35 am

we have been enjoying team usa basketball!

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61 Amelia Green August 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

My family has watched the olympics every day. (sometimes a little too late!) My favorite has to be the track & field events

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62 Jaclyn Reynolds August 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

We’ve been watching it off and on, and love the gymnastics!

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63 christal c w August 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

We have been watching some of the events. Basketball is our favorite

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64 Caitlin McClure August 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

We don’t have a tv right now, so no

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65 Gianna August 11, 2012 at 11:21 am

We haven’t watched.

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66 Tamara Burks August 11, 2012 at 11:26 am

I love figure skating.

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67 James Coyne August 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I haven’t watched the olympics

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68 meme August 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

we have, our favorite is gymnastics and swimming

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69 Patrice August 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Yes. Gymnastics is my favorite event !

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70 Kristin Duncan August 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm

We really haven’t watched the Olympics this year, but I remember loving the gymnastics events when I was a kid.
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71 Beverly Metcalf August 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I watched some of it-especailly liked the swimming competitions. Thanks for the giveaway.

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72 Charlene Kuser August 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm

We have all enjoyed the Olympics.Our favorite is swimming

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73 Jennifer Peaslee August 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm

My favorite Olympic games are swimming and gymnastics!

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74 shirley zolenski August 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm

We’ve watched some and we like the gymnastic events

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75 Veronica Garrett August 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm

We have been enjoing the Olympics. Gymnastists is my favorite event.

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76 DanV August 11, 2012 at 11:32 pm

We like gymnastics and swimming

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