There are plenty of reasons cities are famous – and infamous – in our world. Read about some various ways to learn about the major cities of the world.
Many factors come into play when a city is considered major, infamous, or influential.
A few characteristics of major cities are business activity, tourism, culture, political engagement, human capital, and more.
In all the material that I have researched, the top two major cities of the world are almost always the same, except they are interchangeable between 1st and 2nd place. The cities are New York and London.
New York City
New York City, being the home of Wall Street and the United Nations amongst a slew of other things, has kept New York at the top of the heap.
Between New York City’s amazing restaurants for everything you can think of, hustle/bustle, Broadway, and the infamous 9/11 attacks at the Twin Towers, it’s safe to say that most of the world considers it a major city.
London is home to Europe’s financial hub. However, for millennia it’s been the home of outdoor adventures, hunting grounds for kings and queens, country estates, and historical sites like Big Ben.
I am a huge fan of city life. I think it is hilarious the Lord chose to send me to a place with no city life.
Maybe God did it to humble me a bit or so that I can rely on Him more. Either way, I am convinced there are angels eating popcorn chuckling at my city slicker ways in slow island life.
Whether you live in a busy city or enjoy the quiet of slower ones, it is important we teach our kids about major cities of the world.
Your students will hear about the major cities of the world as they grow older and will greatly benefit from knowing about them.
Explore these resources about major cities and ways to learn about the major cities of the world:
Major Cities of the World | Quizlet
The World’s 25 Best Cities of 2021 | AFAR
14 Top Cities in the World to Visit | Planet Ware
The 10 Most Popular Cities | CNTraveler
FREE “Less Mess” Explore the World: Research a Country or City | The Peanut Gallery
City of the Day – Daily Geography – FREE SAMPLE CITY | Smart 2 Heart Creations
Select a few major cities and focus on them in your studies. Search through lists of the world’s major cities above and let your kids select 5 to 10 to explore and focus on.
Below you will find information resources, activities, crafts, books, and virtual tours for ten major cities of the world.
You can use this as a framework to start learning about major cities in your homeschool.
FREE New York City Word Search | Puzzles-to-Print
New York FREE Printables | ThoughtCo.
City Bingo: New York City FREE Download | Education.com
Virtual Field Trip of New York City | Wow Travel Agency
Homeschool Unit Studies: FREE New York City Unit Study and Book List| Look We’re Learning
FREE New York City Unit Study | Year Round Homeschooling
FREE London Activity Book | In the Playroom
7 Fun Art Projects and Crafts about London For Kids | Life with 4 Boys
Kids Books Set in London | Sloely
Children’s Book set in London | Pragmatic Mom
24 Fascinating London Facts For Kids | The London Mother
In The Art Room: Making a Collage Paris | Cassie Stephens
Best Children’s Books for a Trip to Paris | KidsTravelBooks
FREE Paris Coloring Pages | MisAdventures
Make a Travel Brochure for Paris FREE Download | Education.com
Arts & Crafts: Glittery Eiffel Tower | Practical Mama
Pretzel Eiffel Tower | Edible Crafts
Welcome to Paris Virtual Tours | You Visit
3 Russian Crafts for Kids | Having Fun at Home
St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow CRAFT | Painted Paper Art
Center of Moscow FREE Coloring Page | Coloring Pages 101
Moscow City Virtual Tour | P4Panorama
FREE Moscow Facts & Worksheets | KidsKonnect
FREE Tokyo Word Search | Puzzles to Print
Tokyo Facts & FREE Worksheets | KidsKonnect
Tokyo Facts and Information (Interactive) | Mocomi
Facts for kids – Tokyo | Kids.Kiddle
Welcome to Tokyo Virtual Field Trip | You Visit
Rome Unit Study – Geography and Unit Study Books | Highhill Education
FREE Rome Facts & Worksheets | KidsKonnect
Rome Information and Facts | KidzSearch
8 Rome Museums to Visit from Home | Mama Loves Rome
Virtual Field Trip to Rome | VirtualFieldTripsnet
FREE Printables and Resources About Washington, D.C.
The Best Educational Virtual Field Trips To Washington DC | Education Possible
Washington DC Resources for Homeschool or Travel | Ben and Me
The Interactive Virtual Tour of Washington, D.C. | America’s HomePage
31 Washington, D.C., Books For Kids To Add To Your Shelf | DC Travel Mag
FREE Printable Facts about Hong Kong | Making Friends
Fun Hong Kong Facts for Kids | Mom on the Move
10 Fun Facts about Hong Kong | MultiCultural Kids Blog
Mandarin Orange Tree Art! | Activity-Box
Virtual Tour of Hong Kong with Drone Footage | Virtual World Travels
FREE Singapore Unit Study | Adventures in Mommydom
Singapore Theme Learning Activities and Shelf | Happy Tot Shelf
Virtual Museum Tours in Singapore | Sassy Mama
Use notebooking to help your kids explore 50 major cities’ history and geography.
FREE Cities Around the World Notebook
Head over to the library to check out books all about the major cities of the world:
City And Town Life: A List of books For Kids | bookroo
Little Kid, Big City THE BOOK SERIES
12 Children’s Books That Take You On A Big City Adventure | Red Tricycle
Teach Kids About Life in the Big City With These 10 Great Picture Books | Next City
Learn About Cities Two Ways From Lonely Planet Kids | GeekDad
Explore map games and activities for the major cities.
Maps for National Geographic Traveler | Hennie Haworth
World: 25 Major Cities – Map Quiz Game | Seterra
Geography Games Capital Cities of Europe | Ducksters
At the end of your unit, try exploring your own city or town.
Have your child get to know their own city/town. They can take a tour of an area or the whole city if it is small enough. Kids can jot down the landmarks, roads, look on Google Earth, and draw their city.
Take your major city geography studies to the next level with our Daily Skill Building Geography Activity Pack and the awesome resources below.
Recommended Resource: Geography Activity Pack
Students will explore every independent country in the world plus discover the most significant mountains, deserts, rivers, and lakes with this huge Geography Activity Pack.
World Geography Copywork
Geography Notebooking Research Journals
Incorporating Geography with Other Subjects
Budget Friendly Ways to Explore Geography
How to Teach Geography to the Child Who Hates Geography
Big List of FREE History/Geography Apps
How to Teach Geography without Using Curriculum
I miss the city the life, although it may not be where the Lord wants me and I am OK with that. Until then, I will teach my kids about major cities around the world and enjoy where the Lord has me now, right in the middle of His will – the very best place to be.
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!