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Wonders of the world


Wonders of the world

What to do with this activity?

We live in a wonderful world with many spectacular natural wonders - like Victoria Falls in Zambia, the Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon, and the Northern Lights. The idea of making a list of man-made wonders of the world dates back over two thousand years. The Greeks made a list we now know as "The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World". Only one of these huge man-made structures still exists - the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

In 2007, after an international campaign and vote, a list of seven "New Wonders of the World" was announced. It includes:

1) The Great Wall of China (700 BCE)
2) Petra, Jordan (312 BCE)
3) The Colosseum, Rome, Italy (80 CE)
4) Chichen Itza, Yucatán, Mexico (600 CE)
5) Machu Picchu, Cuzco Region, Peru (1450 CE)
6) Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India (1643 CE)
7) Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1931 CE)

In addition, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt (2560 BCE) was given an honorary status. 

If your child likes lists, encourage them to look up each of the above, to discover who built them, when and why; to study them in photos; and to find each on a world map. Click on this link from "Kids Fun Facts" to start you off. 



  • Why am I doing this?

    Talking and listening helps your child build their language and thinking skills – this is a great foundation for them to learn more. Asking questions, finding out answers and looking up words together will help build your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them. 

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to give their opinions and to ask questions about things they see around them. Help your child to make decisions by discussing their ideas. Check if your child understands different things they hear. Encourage your child to teach you new words and phrases they have learnt.

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