Map Making in Pre-K

My class this year has been fascinated with maps. They love to look at the maps we have in the block center, and they often draw maps in the art center. Treasure maps, maps of their town, maps to show their bus route, maps from their house to their friends’ house.

Mapping Our Classroom

One day for a small group activity, we made maps of our classroom as a cooperative group activity. We used 18×24 inch paper. I drew the window, door, and large group carpet on the map to get them started. I pointed out the door in our room and the door on our map, and did the same with the window and carpet. We talked about things we needed to put on the map. Each group came up with some different ideas, for example, only one group thought about putting the clock on the map. I also thought it was neat that one group put the “Pigeon book” on the map (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems — a Pre-K favorite). Most of the things they put on the map were drawn on construction paper, cut out, and glued to the map. That helped because if someone put something in the wrong place, we could talk about it as a group, and move it where it needed to be. Here are our results:

Map Making in Pre-K Map Making in Pre-K Classroom Maps in Pre-K Mapping our Classroom in Pre-K

As a follow up activity, I read the book Me on the Map, by Joan Sweeney. You might also want to check out Teach Preschool’s recent post on maps with preschoolers.


    • says

      Querida Karen

      Parabens pelo seu trabalho e dedicação as crianças, aqui no Brasil
      trabalho com crianças também e pre-adolecentes.

      Suas ideias são ótimas em breve vou compartilhar com você algumas
      coisas que fazemos no Brasil. Nossa história por exemplo. Se interessar por favor entre no meu site e trocamos ideias.

      Com carinho
      Maricleide – Santos-SP-Brasil

  1. Mary says

    What a truly genius idea to do a classroom map as a GROUP activity. We have done it with everyone making their own map, which has been fun, and a great exercise for the kids who “get it”. But the group idea raises all boats… On my plans for next year! Thank you.

  2. ann says

    these are wonderful! my prekinders also love making maps; then they take them to the playground during recess and create elaborate scenarios, from pirates seeking treasure to Jack and Annie’s magic tree house adventure!

    I also do a map making unit, and I have used the book “My Map Book” by Sara Fanelli, where a little boy goes through his day making maps of his room, his neighborhood, his dog (he shows where the fleas are located!), and his heart (who all he loves!), etc. Then I have my students choose something to make a map of…and they are SO funny and creative! It’s a great book!

  3. ann says

    my prekinders also love creating maps, then they take them to recess and create elaborate scenarios, from treasure hunting to Jack and Annie’s tree house adventures!

    I use Sara Fanelli’s book “My Map Book” for my map making study. The boy in the story creates unusual maps, of his heart, his dog, and even his tummy! Then my students create their own map, and the results are so funny and super creative!

  4. Brittany Peppers says

    What a great idea-our school has been trying to incorporate geography in our preschool curriculum-this would be perfect for that!

  5. Mercedes Curaca says

    What a wounderful idea! And just in time for our mapmaking skills activity.
    I will make it a group activity instead of on their own/individual project.
    Love it, thank-you so much for sharing such great ideas.
    Mercedes Curaca

  6. Elsa Bisset says

    I LOVE this!!! We’ve been doing maps for a while in my class, and next week we are going to read the book Subway and follow the MARTA subway map and decide which route will take us to which location. I plan to incorporate this idea in my small group time!

  7. Karen Corson says

    Thank you! I brought 3 map books including My Map Book and this group activity will fit right into what I was planning. Glad I found your blog!

  8. Lorri Vitali says

    Just another idea for map making…Over a few days we talk about the compass rose, look for them on many different maps and discuss why they are on maps. Together as a large group we label the four walls of our room with a large N,S,E, and W. Next, we create a large map of our classroom starting with the “north” side of our room. We discuss what we see on that side while I draw several outlines of larger items they mention. We continue to this process with each side of our room. To complete our classroom map each child gets scissors and a catalog of classroom supplies. Then the cutting, gluing and chatter begins! Later we use this map to look for “Spot’s” bone and buried treasure.

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