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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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

Let me tell ya...

With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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