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Making and Reading Maps

Maps help kids understand the concept of location. These activities will help your child practice making and reading maps.

Directions

  1. Help your child draw a simple map of his bedroom, house, yard, or neighborhood. Make a map leading your child to hidden treasures in your home or yard.
  2. To help your child understand direction (north, south, east, and west), use your home as a reference point, showing the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. Point out geographical features to the north and south. Ask your child questions like What direction are you facing if the setting sun is on your right?
  3. Find your city or town on a map. Point out familiar locations like friends' homes and your child's school. Discuss the purpose of a legend on a map.
  4. Hang a map of North America or the world on a wall. Use it to locate places you read or hear about.

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Copyright 2001 by Patricia Kuffner. Excerpted from The Children's Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

To order this book visit Meadowbrook Press.


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