Map game and drawing in preschool

As we continued our exploration of maps, the children were invited to explore this simple DIY table top map and drawing game.

Tabletop Maps by Teach Preschool

Like with most games I make for the children to explore, the process is very open ended. Even if I have an objective in mind, the children often take the idea and change it to make sense to them. For set up, I used tape on a large sheet of paper to map out roads then set out cards with simple maps of the roads for the children to take their cars and follow the maps from one end of the map to the other.

Tabletop Maps by Teach Preschool

It didn’t take long before the children began drawing their own mini-maps or directions for the cars to follow.

Tabletop Maps by Teach Preschool

And soon the children began adding details to our large group road map such as houses and trees. After all, it is more interesting to drive from one side of town to the other if you have someone you wish to visit or a little scenery to look at along the way.

Tabletop Maps by Teach Preschool

By the end of the morning, our city map was filled with houses and mini-maps giving us all kinds of directions to travel from one place to another.

Tabletop Maps by Teach Preschool

It reminded us of our book we read earlier that morning about all kinds of maps.

Tabletop Maps by Teach Preschool

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By |2015-03-08T13:50:10+00:00March 8th, 2015|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. alena March 9, 2015 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Deborah, welcome back! Although instagram is cool, I have to say I was missing your blog posts! And this is an awesome map game! So happy to finally read your posts again!

  2. Teri March 9, 2015 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    What is the title of the book you are reading in the last picture?

  3. Lynda Way April 14, 2015 at 3:34 am - Reply

    Map game and drawing in preschool is one of the best activities where kids can enjoy , learn and do some creative work. This type of activities make them learn stress free in preschools.

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