I always thought that Amsterdam was the capital of Germany. I have no idea why, but I was wrong – it’s the capital of the Netherlands. Join me in discovering even more with these resources for learning about the Netherlands.
This is but one example of how little I knew about geography while growing up and even into adulthood. This is also just another reason why I wanted to learn and teach my kids about what is known as one of the happiest and wealthiest countries in the world.
Isn’t that something!? How interesting to live in such a place.
Well, that isn’t the only thing the Netherlands is known for. The Netherlands also is celebrated for its windmills (around 1200), tulips, canals, and historic sites. Note: I have listed some crafts with these themes for you below.
The Netherlands is also one of the flattest countries in the world. There are some low hills in the central part and foothills in the far south, but that’s all folks. Because flooding was a huge issue due to its flatlands, there are man-made hills, dikes, and windmills to pump water out.
The country also has man-made lakes and miles of canals flowing through it.
More information on the Netherlands:
The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy. They have a king as a head of state, but he has limited power. They have ministers and state secretaries that are responsible for the day-to-day business of the country (I live in a constitutional monarchy, as well).
Rotterdam, Netherlands, is the largest seaport in Europe and is the 9th largest seaport in the world.
With a population of about 17 million people, it is interesting that there are about 13 million bikes in the Netherlands. Here (Item #9) you will find more information about cycling in the Netherlands. However, basically, commutes to school and work are normally done on bikes. There are 21,748 miles (35,000km) of cycle paths in the country.
Holland or the Netherlands?
One last thing before I share some freebies with you. I wonder how many of you know that the country often referred to as Holland… actually doesn’t exist. Yup, poof, it is not even a country.
Although people referred to the Netherlands as Holland (once interchangeable), the Kingdom of the Netherlands is actually its official name.
The name Holland only refers to two provinces in the country, Noord-Holland (in the North) and Zuid-Holland (in the South). So, when referring to the whole country, its “the Netherlands.”
Explore these resources for learning about the Netherlands with your homeschool next year.
Netherlands Fast Facts | NatGeo Kids
10 Fun Facts About the Netherlands | Multicultural Kids Blog
The Educational Summer Vacation: Studying the Netherlands (Holland) | Unremarkable Files
Netherlands Fact Booklet and Activities | TheBeezyTeacher
Facts about Holland | Making Friends
Netherlands # 4 Coloring Pages | Coloring Page Book
Unexpected Things about the Netherlands that You Didn’t Know About | The Solivagant Soul
FREE Netherlands Country Study for Kids | 123Homeschool4Me
Read Color and Learn about the NETHERLANDS | Kindergarten Worksheets and Games
FREE Netherlands Country Unit Study | Simple Living Creative Learning
Netherlands Booklet Country Study Project Unit | Beyond Imagination
Learn About The Netherlands – FREE Printable Lapbook | Diary of a First Child
The Netherlands Montessori 3-part Cards | I Believe in Montessori
Christmas in the Netherlands FREE Worksheet | Education.com
About The Netherlands | Easy Science for Kids
Netherlands Facts for Kids | Science Kids
Things to Know Kingdom of the Netherlands | AtoZKidsStuff
Netherlands Facts For Kids | Cool Kid Facts
Crafts and activities to go alongside your lessons about the Netherlands:
Virtual Flat Stanley in the Netherlands | Crafty Moms Share
FREE Printable Windmill | 30 Minute Crafts
Dixie Cup Windmills | The Pinterested Parent
Paper Roll Windmill Tutorial | One Little Project
Dutch Wooden Shoe made from Paper | 30 Minute Crafts
25 Tulip Crafts for Kids | KidsActivities.com
The Netherlands (Holland, Dutch) Activities | DLTK-Kids
Videos to help teach kids about the Netherlands:
The Netherlands & The Dutch Culture | TheSimoesFamily
Geography Kids – NETHERLANDS! Video | Geography Kids
NETHERLANDS! — Fantastic Facts | JrMojo
About the Netherlands for Kids | Jonesin’ For Taste
The Netherlands & The Dutch Culture | TheSimoesFamily
[Learn English Country 11] Netherlands Facts For Kids | Language Leads Love
Your children will enjoy these facts and more with these resources listed all about the Netherlands. Remember not to call it Holland, and I will leave you with some cool facts about it to share with the kiddos.
-Half the country is actually offended if you use “Holland,” instead of the Netherlands.
-The Dutch in the Netherlands really like salty licorice. Don’t ask. I have no explanation here.
– (I will leave you with something slightly more bearable.) They have butter and chocolate sprinkles with milk for lunch.
I think the chocolate sprinkles are the secret to why the Dutch in the Netherlands are so happy – it would make sense. ;-) So make a sprinkle and butter sandwich, and enjoy learning about this beautiful European country this school year.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!