Friday, January 25, 2013

Geography on the Cheap

Update as of 4/13/13:  Avail. on Amazon for $7.55!

I have been wanting one of those big fabric wall maps of the world for a while now.  You know--the ones where you can use the velcro-backed labels to identify countries, oceans, etc?  I've been stalking them but, alas, even the cheaper ones are too expensive for me.

So imagine my delight when I saw that Bed, Bath & Beyond had an affordable alternative!  Not only was this $20, but with a coupon it could be just $15.  **As of today they are on clearance for $9.99!

I was a little dubious about whether the labels and pictures would stick, but they have stood up to wear and tear in our busy hallway for two months now just fine.  (I think a couple of labels ended up on the floor, but it was probably due to laundry hamper traffic.)

Then imagine my delight the other day at Toys R Us when I saw I saw that FAO Schwartz sells add-on kits there!  Would they work on my cheapie version?  They sure do!  I bought the kit with people of the world and the one with flags of the world.  There were others, too.

If you are a true Montessori geek you will notice that the continents are not in the official colors we traditionally use (Normally Africa is green, Asia is yellow, etc).  Big whoop--this bargain in a no-brainer in my book.

Like this post?  Check out the next one, Geography on the Cheap, Part 2.


  1. Thank you! I have been looking for a big fabric map for over John's bed because the laminated version kept peeling off the wall.

  2. Wow! I'm off to Bed, Bath & Beyond today! I love wall maps and I'm with you (usually too expensive) so this is a wonderful deal - thank you!

  3. thanks for sharing! i checked my local store (just 2 min away from home) and they have a large stock of maps. i bought one and planned to gift it for st. valentine's or easter but couldn't wait. the kids love it!

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  5. Thank you so much for this post! I actually found this today at BB&B on clearance for $5!

  6. What a great idea! I had under $10 left on a BB&B gift card and just purchased this online! Thanks for the tip.

  7. Am a Montessori teacher in Germany... and will be travelling to the States next week. Anyone know if Bed, Bath and Beyond still have the maps stocked or are they all sold out? Appreciate any info. THANKS!

  8. Heidi, here is their website:
    Maybe you can type in the zip code of the area in which you'll be? Good luck and safe travels!

    1. Thanks so much, Sarah! I just checked the website and they are still available so hope my folks drop by and purchase one for me... Applause for the internet and an applause for you!

  9. My folks purhased the map for me - really enjoy reading your blog and getting some good ideas. Love teaching at our Montessori school here in Germany and it is great to read about how you implement Montessori in a home setting. THe Lord continue to bless your work!