Draw and label a map of your neighborhood.
Extend the learning:
Talk about how you use mapping skills. How do you find new locations? Talk about directions while you are driving and walking. “We have to turn left here. We are making a right onto “Washington” street.”
Consider looking at some examples of children’s maps by reading one of these books from the library: “Henry's Map” by David Elliot, “Me on the Map” by Joan Sweeney, “Where Do I Live?” by Neil Chesanow, “As the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps” by Gail Hartman. Or, use the internet to find some examples of children’s neighborhood maps: http://www.nationalgeographic.org/maps/neighborhood-map/ What does your child notice about maps?
What is the name of your street or road? Draw your street. Draw where your house is on the street. Mark your house with an X. What is around your house? What is around the block? What else would be fun to add to your map?