Be a Mapmaker
summaryLearn about creating and reading maps by creating a neighborhood map.
- Reading Is Fundamental
- Arts and Crafts
Activity description: Make a neighborhood map, and kids will learn more about mapmaking and their own environment. First, decide how large of an area you want your map to encompass. Keep it to a walk-able area. With a clipboard and paper, take a walk with your child around the part of the neighborhood you want to map. As you walk, sketch out the basics of your map. Allow your child to write down things he or she wants to highlight or use as a landmark. When you get home, sit down and have your child draw the map on the poster board, using your draft as a starting point. Include all the notes and comments from your journey. Finally, talk about different destinations around your neighborhood. Have your child figure out how to get from your house to other places. He or she can even mark the different routes in colored markers on the map.