I recently bought this Safari Around the World Toob (from Michael's) and set up a matching activity for the girls. Both girls (ages 2 and 5) LOVE playing with the landmark figures, and they also enjoy matching the figures to the pictures.
I was excited when I remembered that I had famous landmark cards (from the Target dollar section), so we had matching cards for all but 2 of the landmarks. To do this work, E(2) and I laid out the cards and then took out the landmarks one by one to match them.
E(2) picked up the Statue of Liberty and said "I want to go see her one day!" When we drove by our local courthouse, she said "there's the empire state building!" One day when we were playing in our yard, she kept saying "Machu Picchu" over and over again.
Both girls (and their mama and daddy) want to go see the real Eiffel Tower one day!
This fun work is a great addition to our cultural studies! Obviously, due to our family's current medical situation (Elliott's brain tumor), the organization of the next cultural exchange is on hold. However, once he is well, I plan on getting it set up again. For the next exchange, I plan to create groups of 4 (each person sends out 3 packages), so you may want to start collecting trinkets and fun things. Please do not email asking to be a part of the exchange because I am not starting the organization now...just giving you a heads up!
Let me know if anyone else sets up this work for your kiddos! It's so much fun to hear such little ones talking about famous landmarks (that I'd probably never heard of until high school!), and it really inspires them to learn more about each place. What fun!