- Bulletin board
- Sticky notes
- Blocks (wooden or foam)
Recipe for Playful Learning!
Explore the concept of maps as being a “bird’s eye view” of a town, city, state, or any other location.
STEP 1: On a large bulletin board, have your children use blocks to draw and outline different shapes of buildings, stores, homes that they would find in their town or city.
- Added challenge: See how many of the store names they can remember and have them write them down on sticky notes adjacent to the landmarks.
STEP 2: Next, have the children use markers to draw in highways, railroads, lakes, rivers, and streams, among other things.
- Added challenge: Explain the need for a “legend” or “key” and ask the children to create one to label their own map.
STEP 3: Take a picture of the finished creation from above to show the kids the “bird’s eye view” of the map from above.
Skills to Practice: Geography, Imagination, Comprehension, Writing