Our Expedition Earth World Geography journey has brought us to the continent of Africa.

So, Haai! And welcome to South Africa! The kids have been excited about Africa and it’s finally here!

Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week:



Some Things We Learned:

  • Where S. Africa is on the world map & located Cape Town
  • Learned a song in Afrikaans
  • How to say “Hello” in Afrikaans
  • Prayed for the people of South Africa, and Xhosa
  • Learned about children in Botswana (I know, not part of S. Africa, but its close by and it was in our book)
  • Read Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography
  • Completed a South Africa lapbook activity
  • Learned about the Baobab Tree (a.k.a. The Upside Down Tree)
  • Completed and classified animals of South Africa
  • Learned new Geography Vocabulary
  • Made an Apple and Cheese Crumble dessert
  • Learned more about South Africa from National Geographic Kids
  • Learned major landmarks and other fun facts about South Africa


And here are what I managed to take pictures of ;o)

Of course we always start off by reviewing all countries learned so far, then finding our newest one:



Here’s my white board for the day. Although S. Africa has 3 capitals we really only memorized Cape Town.



We worked on our Flag and Mapping Worksheets. I doubled up on these this week due to other commitments, but it went fairly well.



Of course we did our favorite activity, the animals of each country.



And here were our favorite animals, it’s hard to tell from the photo, but I think we liked the Meerkat and Rhinoceros.



We made S. Africa mini-books for our World Lapbook:



And we made Apple Crumble. This would’ve been really good had we skipped the cheddar cheese! We ended up scraping it off the top and eating the insides! Click here for the South African Apple Crumble recipe for one of our desserts, and then South African Malva Pudding!

The Pudding:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon apricot jam
  • 5 ounces all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter (a generous tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/3 cup milk

The Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup fresh cream
  • 3 1/2 ounces butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease 7×7 pyrex dish
  2. Beat sugar and eggs until thick and lemon colored, add jelly and mix through.
  3. Melt butter then add vinegar to the wet mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix flour, soda and salt.
  5. Add both butter and flour mixes to sugar mixing bowl and beat well.
  6. Pour into greased pan and bake @ 350 for approx 30-45 minutes or until pudding is brown and well-risen.
  7. In pot, melt together all sauce ingredients and stir well. Pour over pudding as soon as it comes out of the oven. Let stand a few minutes to cool, but serve warm. Optional: Serve with vanilla ice cream!

Recipe courtesy a reader of www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com, THANK YOU!!!



We finished off filling in our passport and putting on our flag sticker for South Africa:



Well that wraps up our week on South Africa! Stay tuned as we head over to Kenya next week!


Click here if you’d like to follow along with our Expedition Earth Geography Curriculum Journey!

Expedition Earth is a hands on world geography curriculum that covers 31 countries across the world. It is designed primarily for K-5th grade students. Students will learn the continents, oceans, people, cultures, animals, climates, try new foods, crafts and more, all through hands-on activities!



  1. Hi Erica!

    Thanks finally something I can use for our homeschool – yay! we live in Benoni in the Gauteng Province in South Africa.. where did you get the recipe of Apple Crumble with Cheese? I don’t think it’s really eaten here.. however, Malva Pudding is a firm favorite here.. traditionally more of an Afrikaans type of pudding.. but everyone (not matter what race or language) loves it 🙂

    and yes.. there is a big difference between Botswana and South Africa.. the people speak a different language there (not refering here to English, but the ethnic, traditional language. I have live in Africa my whole life in different countries: born in Blantyre, Malawi, grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe and lived in the different provinces of Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Western Cape and the Eastern Cape in South Africa. My ancestors came from Germany, Scotland, Ireland, France and Norway… so I am quite a mix 🙂

    Thank you for the valuable resources.. much appreciated!

    Kind regards,

  2. Hi Erica,

    I am a homeschooling mom who lives in East London in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. I visit your site often and love all your ideas and enthusiasm. I am not sure where you got that recipe with the cheese on top…we never make it like that here. Try and make it again and just sprinkle some Castor Sugar on top of your crust. We usually serve it warm with fresh cream or ice cream! Two other famous or favourites here in South Africa are Milk Tart or Koeksisters and kids LOVE them.

    Thank you for a wonderful site…we appreciate all your hard work!!
    Kind regards

  3. Dear Erica, I love your site and have purchased one of your curriculums. Was just curious to see what you learned about South Africa and saw that you missed to put the different languages spoken in South Africa besides English and Afrikaans. the most spoken languages are Zulu and Xhosa, and the most eaten dish is pap( made with maize Meal) other than, great work.


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