Continents Facts for Kids – 5 Cool Facts about Continents

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Every continent in the world has it’s own glamorous shape and facts! Let’s discover five cool continents facts for kids.

Continents Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: There Are Seven Continents of The World

Continents are made up of many countries and each continent is a large solid area of land. The seven continents on our planet are: Africa, Asia, Antarctica, Europa, North America, South America and Oceania/Australia. These 7 continents all vary in size and population. Some of the continents are called different names. Sometimes people put Europe and Asia together as an only continent and call it Eurasia. Australia is also known as Oceania or Australasia as it is made up of a few different countries.

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Flat world map showing countries and continents

Continents Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: The Earth Used to Have only One Continent

There weren’t always seven continents on Earth. Millions of years ago, the Earth was made up of only one large landmass called Pangaea. It is hard to imagine that the whole world was one continent and all the animals on the continent lived together. 200 million years ago, Pangaea began to break apart. The pieces of Pangaea that moved a part became known as the continents that we know and live on today.

Continents Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: Asia Is The Largest Continent

Asia has the biggest land area and the world’s biggest population with 4.6 billion people. That is over half the population of the Earth, meaning most people on our Earth live on the Asian continent. Asia also has the biggest cities and some of the richest countries in the world, including  Singapore and Qatar. Almost 1.4 billion people speak Mandarin, the official language of China, making it the language with the most native speakers in the world.

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Close Up photo of China’s map

Continents Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Australia Is The Smallest Continent

Australia is also known as Oceania and it is the smallest continent on the planet. Oceania is actually a geographic region that includes Australasia, Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia .Australia is the largest landmass in this region and for this reason is referred to as a continent. About 43 million people live in the Oceania region and the cities with the highest population in Oceania are all located in Australia. These include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

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Continents Facts for Kids: Globe on green plants showing the continent of Australia

Continents Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Africa Is The Continent with The Most Countries

There are 54 countries on the African continent. Some countries in Africa are Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt and Zimbabwe. There are roughly 1.3 billion people living in Africa. The Seychelles is the smallest country in Africa and it also has the smallest population with less than 100,000 people living there. Africa is also home to the longest river in the world, the Nile in Egypt.

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A globe on grass showing Africa’s map

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about continents as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic geography is, you can move on to learn about other geography stuff like: Australia, United States and Italy

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