make your own mapIn honor of Mister Rogers and his legacy I decided to take my youngest for a calm walk around our neighborhood with the idea of creating a map of the area. Your child’s neighborhood map will vary depending on his age. A map for an 8-year-old may use some degree of scale, a bird’s eye view, and labels. A map with drawings of specific houses in the correct colors, trees, and the road is great for a 4-year-old.

What You Will Need

make a map materials

  • plain or graph paper
  • markers and colored pencils
  • a clip board to keep it all together

How to Prepare

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  • Go for a walk around the neighborhood. We went on a rain day (I don’t believe how nice that photo looks! ) so I skipped the photos of our walk.
  • While you are walking point out different aspects like houses, roads, signs and nature.

 

Create

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  • Step back and let your map maker create.  Do not worry if their map doesn’t look like one you’d make.
  • Have them tell you all about their map.
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About Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald is a former preschool teacher and director who started her popular early education blog No Time For Flash Cards as a way to keep one foot in her professional life while knee deep in motherhood. Learning should be fun and it's Allison's goal to help all parents be able to add a little fun and learning to their child's day. Allison lives in a yellow farmhouse outside of Seattle with her two kids and husband.

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  • Alissa VanHorne Frost

    Allison, I am a HUGE fan of you and Fred’s work! It is the strangest coincidence, I was walking my son home from school yesterday and we were saying how interesting it would be to make a map of our neighborhood and put his friends homes on it (he is almost old enough to start walking over on his own). We will be doing this today, for sure now!