Map Making

Help your child learn about her community and her surroundings.

For this Activity you will need:

  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Blocks
  • Map of Baltimore Zoo
  1. Explain to your child that pictures can show where people and things are. Explain that a map is kind of "picture." It is a "picture" of a place. Tell her that there are maps of rooms, cities, the world, and of places to visit.
  2. Show your child the map of the Zoo. Talk with her about the different animal homes and where they are on the Zoo map. Ask her how she thinks you might use the map if you were to go to the Zoo together.
  3. Tell your child that together you will create a map of a room in your home.
  4. First, have your child select a room. Have her think about what is in the room and where it is located.
  5. Next, give your child a piece of paper and the blocks. Tell your child to pretend that the paper is the floor of the room and the blocks are the things in the room.
  6. Talk with your child about what is in the room and where it is in the room. Ask: "Are there any windows? If yes, how many? Are there any doors? Is there any furniture in the room? What kind of furniture? Where is it?
  7. As your child is answering the questions above, have her arrange the blocks on the paper to show the location of things in the room. (For example, place a block where the bed is located. Place another block for the dresser.)
  8. When he is finished, help her lift each piece and draw the item on the spot where it was located. Draw any doors or windows, also. When finished, explain that the drawing is a map of the room

Next Steps/Follow-Up:

  • Have your child make a map of your neighborhood. He may include such things as the mailbox, the fire station, the playground, school, the store, or a friend’s house.
  • Look at other maps, such as the map at a mall, a map at a playground, a road map, or a map on the bus, subway or light rail.
  • Help your child hide a special toy and make a treasure map for a friend or family member to follow to find the toy.

Background Information:

Social Studies (the study of people) involves:

  • Understanding how people live today and lived in the past.
  • Talking about people from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Knowing how people work, solve problems, and get along with others.
  • Talking about self, family members, neighborhood and the community.

When your child starts school, she will be more likely to do well if she is able to do these things.


You can help build your child’s social studies skills by doing this activity.

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