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On my long list of creative ideas I came up with before this challenge started, there were several ideas that had to do with maps, so I decided to declare this map week.
The first one is pretty simple, but also pretty fun: map your route to work or school or anywhere you go on a regular basis.
I chose the route to the girl’s school, because I do it at least twice a day.
How to Map Your Route
Start where you start. Probably with your house.
It doesn’t have to actually look like your house.
Draw in lines for streets, bearing in mind the whole route needs to fit on the page.
It doesn’t have to look that real, but should indicate major turns.
Put in details such as landmarks (the big rock at school) or things you always notice when you’re driving (the view south into the mountains with the fields at the bottom and the big, tall sky at the top).
Other Things to Try
- Map the same route from the opposite direction. Are there things you note going one way but not the other (there’s a different view on the way home, for example)?
- Use your map to navigate the route. How accurate were you? What other details do you want to add?
- Have your child draw the route from home to school. What do they pick out that is different?
- Route your whole day, from school to work to the grocery store to home, or wherever you go. Does paying attention make a difference in what you see?
- Try to remember your route to school when you were a kid, or how you got to your last job, or the way you got between classes your senior year in college. What memories does that stir up?
Do you draw maps for fun or as part of your art? I’d love to hear about it. And if you track your route and want to share it, tag me on Instagram with #ourdailycraft.
This sounds like a fun project. I walk a lot and am always noticing a new detail when I take a different route or walk during a different time of day.
This is a great idea, I think I will try it with the kids and see what they come up with. WE can compare our view of the world around us. Thanks for sharing!
Lori in Atlanta