Fun with Maps

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Here are some fun ideas for revising the world map.

We sang the Oceans and Continents song from our Geography Songs CD from Sonlight.

I gave the girls a large 9 page world map which they had to assemble.  Yourchildlearns.com gives many print out options – print out sizes so large that it will print on up to 64 pages!  I printed the world map out on 9 pages and it was pretty challenging for my 8-year-old!

Then we labeled the map.

Then we played “Twister” calling out places with right or left hands and feet!

Geography "Twister"

Physical activity is fun, and it has a multi-sensory approach.  This helps young learners.

Most young children are kinesthetic learners = they need to move to learn new and difficult information.

Most young children learn in the following order:

  • From BIG to small
  • From 3D to 2D
  • From concrete to abstract

Maps are abstract, 2 dimensional representations. We need to teach maps from a large clear globe, then find the same shapes on a large, clear, coloured map.  From this, show them the atlas and smaller maps.

Twister is an excellent game to reinforce “left” and “right”, “up” and “down” which is vital spatial skills in all map work.

Advance the skills needed and adapt “Twister”- call out compass directions; call out “West/ East, North/South instead of “Left/Right, up/down”.

Review map work regularly.

After completing all the exciting physical games (and they only need about 15 minutes) we return to the desk to label and write in our minibooks and notebook pages.

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9 thoughts on “Fun with Maps

  1. Hello Nadene, Even though I have very young children (2, 4.8) I have loved your practical pages and think about how to incorporate the ideas into my teaching, especially our art and craft time. This may seem nosy, but in your recent map post I was looking more at how you have organized your school space. Is there any way you could photograph a few areas to give us new homeschool moms ideas for how to organize our supplies, books, lapbooks, etc..? I have a very small home, and organization is crucial to our survival. I’d love any help you had to offer!
    Thanks so Much, Joyce Whitney, West Yellowstone Montana.

  2. Having stumbled last week onto the same sites that you mention and using the same print-offs, I am going to revisit our map activities. My babes (5 and 7) loved colouring in Africa (strange but true), but I think Twister will be more of a winner:)
    Thanks for your ideas.

  3. Oh I love Twister! Thanks for sharing this on the carnival, I wouldn’t have found you otherwise.
    I can’t wait to do this, my kids will be so pleased.

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