DIY Land, Water And Air Jars With Free Bilingual Printables

These Montessori-inspired land, water, and air jars to introduce geography are fun and easy to make with toddlers and preschoolers. Includes free multilingual labels and mini photo books.

DIY montessori-inspired Land, Water and Air jars to introduce children to geography. With free multilingual labels and free mini printable books. PErfect for toddlers and preschoolers

“Mamá,  where is Colombia?” my daughter asked me two months ago.

We are a multicultural family. I am a Colombian who has traveled around the world studying and ended up marrying a German and staying in Germany.

As a result, my daughter has heard us speaking about different countries and continents ever since she was born.

Now at almost 3 years old, she is starting to show a lot of interest in geography.

She often brings a map, sits on my lap and asks me where is Colombia, where is Germany and what is here (as she points to a random place on the map).

I love that in Montessori education geography is introduced to kids from the most basic concept. By teaching children about land, water, and air. The elements of the earth.

Last week I made an amazing land, water and air felt mat to sort animals. The mat caught her attention as soon as she saw it and she has been playing daily with it for a week now!

And so I decided to expand a little bit on this concept.

How To Make Your Own Land, Water, And Air Jars

land water and air bilingual labels materials


Making this jars couldn’t be easier and the best part is that you can make them (almost) for free. For this activity you’ll only need:

For this activity you’ll only need:

  • 3 jars (I just used marmalade jars)
  • Soil, water, and air
  • Labels (you can download them in spanish, english or bilingual at the end of this post).
  • Land, water, and air photo cards (you can download them at the end of this post)
  • Photo paper to print the labels and photo mini books (I love this one)
  • Uhu glue or
  • Optional: Land, water, and air transportation 3 part cards for sorting (You can get these from my Teachers pay Teachers store in English, Spanish and bilingual).

How To Make The Jars

These jars are really easy to make.

1. Download the free printable labels and mini photo books (at the end of this post).

2. Print the labels and cut them. And print the mini photo books, cut them and laminate them.

3. Stick the labels to the lids of the jars (or on the sides if you prefer) using Uhu glue.

4. Invite your little one to fill the jars

Watch how I made our jars and how we use them here.



Involving children in making the jars is the best way to explain them the concept of land, water, and air.

My daughter had a great time making our jars.

When I told her to fill the jar with air she asked me: “how”. I explained to her that air was all around us and she just needed to open the jar, let air in and close it again. She showed me her biggest smile and was very proud to fill the jar with air.

Finally, we sorted the transportation 3 part cards.

With this activity children will:

  • Learn the basic concepts of geography.
  • Develop vocabulary. Talk to them about what you are seeing on the cards. Once our jars were ready I went over our land, water and air photo cards with her. I told her that the mountains, the deserts, and the fields were lands. Then we talked about how rivers, waterfalls and the ocean were made of water. Finally, we went over the photos of the air.
  • Develop rational thinking and problem-solving skills with sorting activities.If you include the transportation 3 part cards and ask your toddler or preschooler to sort them according to where they go.

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This post is part of the 12 months of Montessori series I’m excited to be taking part of this year. This month is all about earth science, check out the other amazing ideas:

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Bilingual montessori inspired land water and air transportation 3 part cards for toddlers and preschoolers

Check my Land, Water And Air Transportation 3 Part Cards on teachers pay teachers: In English, Spanish and Bilingual.


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Your Turn

How do you introduce geography to your kids? Share your ideas in the comments bellow.

Note: The activities on this page should be done under parental supervision and discretion should be used to determine if this activity is age appropriate for your child.


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