Here are two games my kids like to play: http://www.scholastic.com/census/glo...029/census_TNL
(this is the easier one) and http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/G...hyGames/Geospy
. Here's another fun one: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/G...yGames/Copycat
I think it would be fun to map books, but we haven't done it yet. I can imagine doing a big map for a book like Scuffy the Tugboat
. There is a great map on the endpapers of The Great Gracie Chase
by Mark Teague that could be drawn from the story, or just discussed.
We have mapped out journeys of nonfiction books, like Christopher Columbus biographies and now Charles Darwin. We liked the Animals __________ Saw
. We also read How to Bake an Apple Pie and See the World
, and baked a pie from apples we picked - I figured out where all of our specific ingredients came from and we mapped that. Also have mapped other family members' trips - to Great Britain, to New Zealand and used their itineraries and postcards for inspiration. Basically I incorporate maps whenever possible since the kids are so interested - when we studied coral reefs, we located those on the map and labelled them, when we did Cinderalla stories around the world we located those on the map and labelled them etc.!
Two of my favorite map books are Me on the Map
by Joan Sweeney and Mapping Penny's World
by Loreen Leedy.
My kids have both always loved poring over our state's Gazetteer, to the point that we eventually got a "house" copy just for them. I always get two maps for amusement parks and state parks/trail maps when we go too because they love poring over them later.
I read somewhere about making a scavenger hunt using map directions (start at the big tree with the swing; go 4 steps W etc.) but again we haven't done that yet. Sounds like fun though!
Just thought of one more thing to add - games... The game Camp has some map stuff, about states. We played Game of the States as kids and will be getting it for my kids for Christmas. My daughter liked playing Great States as part of a local geography class. They also love doing the world/US map puzzles like this one http://www.amazon.com/Large-Wooden-C...8138612&sr=1-1
and the 100 piece puzzle ball globe - I think it has 100 pieces. That was a Christmas present last year.
So many fun things!