One of my favorite activities with children or anybody is mapping. I have done it with my classrooms and my son. It is always an adventure. I was thrilled when my husband and son had the idea to map the route to a favorite winter destination and then find a new route to put on the map. It is a day that provided a fun family adventure and a great memory and I hope some connection to our place and the natural world.
Charles shows me the old route and the new way he thinks we can go.
“I know the river is that way and we usually walk that way, let’s follow that stream!” Charles
John and Charlie compare maps and make a plan.
Some other examples of mapping with children:
Using blocks to map a room. The above picture is a kindergarten classroom. It is a perfect venue for children to use print and label items on their structure.
After the block map, we played a treasure game in kindergarten. We transferred the block map onto paper. Then, the children made a treasure to hide in the classroom. The secret spot was marked with an X and they had a wonderful time trying to find their friend’s treasure.
After a block map, children can transfer their knowledge to a drawing or painting.
These activities are easy to do at home and a good opportunity to get creative!
A great resource for mapping is Mapmaking with Children: Sense of Place Education for the Elementary Years by David Sobel