Members of COTW are provided with easy-to-use building blocks to explore a new country each week just as Dave and his family did. Gorgeous country profile sheets, colouring sheets, word searches, recommended videos and so much more are yours with the simple click of a button.
Starting with Country of the Week requires only three simple things:
A membership with Country of the Week. Every week a new and exciting country will be unlocked for you. You will receive an email notification hinting at your new country and it will bring you back here to discover what adventures and activities await!
An awesome world map. Upon signup, we will supply a list of recommended sources for purchasing your world map (National Geographic ones are our favourites!). Really though, any map will do, provided it accurately shows every country in the world. (You might use a globe or atlas too, but those will probably be less engaging.)
A sign holder for displaying your weekly country profile sheet beside your awesome world map (optional, but highly recommended). We will suggest a few from places like Office Depot or Staples. The profile sheets are formatted to US Letter size (216 x 269 mm or 8-1/2” x 11”).
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The order of the countries has been carefully determined so that you will move all over the world from large countries to small countries, well known countries to lesser known countries, and from one continent to another.
You will receive a weekly notification email, a beautiful country profile sheet for printing and join a community of other people on the same self-guided adventure. The country profile sheets contain basic country information and a few interesting facts about each country.
Looking at the profile sheet and finding the country on a map will also be really fun. Over time, these sheets will fill a binder and become one of your children's most prized possessions. You may also find your children showing off to friends and family that they can locate each country on your map.
Country-specific printable activity sheets including flag and other colouring sheets, country themed word search puzzles, coded letter puzzles, flag matching sheets and more are also included for printing (varies between countries; see these sample sheets on Facebook).
You will also find country specific video recommendations from us linked to YouTube. Occasionally, we will also suggest music to listen to, fun recipes we have discovered or maybe even a movie title with some connection to the country.
We have a lot of ideas about what Country of the Week might become and its potential for positive societal impact. Your participation will support the development of those ideas.
Have questions like “Can’t I do this myself without this silly website?” (that's a great question and the answer is yes!), then head over to our fun FAQ page where questions like that and many more are answered (including what COTW is not).