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Map Facts


  • 15 to 30 minutes


  • Map of the local area


Map skills can develop special concepts that help children understand distance and time. A good way to expose children to maps is to use one of the local area when you take a walk together, following along as you go and planning turns and routes.


  • Mark things on the map that are meaningful to either of you, such as where you live or go to school or where friends live. Find a favorite pizza parlor or video store.
  • Take a ride to a new place using the map and let your child direct you about turns.
  • Graduate to a map of the state to plan an imaginary trip.


Copyright © 2004 by Susan Kettmann. Excerpted from The 2,000 Best Games & Activities with permission of its publisher, Sourcebooks, Inc.

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