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.



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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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