Map making is a fun way for children to visually express places they know well, like their neighborhood, or a place that only exists in their imagination. We regularly offer map-themed projects in The Carle's Art Studio and I wanted to share some ideas that have worked well for our young guests!
A good place to start is collecting a variety of drawing tools, black and white map photocopies, real maps and interesting collage papers, and then setting up a work station on a large table or the floor.
Sometimes we use maps themselves as the collaging and drawing surface. These different collaged shapes were cut out of magazines.
Large sheets of drawing paper can fit lots of ideas!
Or use black ink and stained paper to make a treasure map of your neighborhood. Sections of color maps can be collaged into a new, larger map.
The most fun for me is seeing guests show me all the magical places they imagined! I hope this inspires you to make a map of your imaginary world.