Learning Maps with Toddlers

Learning Maps with Toddlers, map play with children.

Playing with maps with toddlers to help them learn where family live. My almost three year old is obsessed with maps so I hung two maps that we got at Costco the other day.

I was being playful today and showing him where everyone in the family lives as we have family spread out in Portsmouth NH, Wilkes-Barre PA, and San Antonio TX. I was surprised to see he was picking up on where everyone lived, at least approximately. It's not to say he will understand the concept yet, but I think it's fun to talk about with him. 

He really reallllly enjoyed this... of course, I think toddlers tend to love anything that gets an adult's undivided attention and when we get excited, they get excited. It doesn't take much!

I think these maps will be a great tool to use as we travel to see family so we can talk about the road we travel or route by plane, and then give him an idea of distance and what it means to be in a different location than someone else.

Whenever we go to museums or parks where they hand out maps, he always loves to hold the map and look at it. He frequently pretend plays with maps (or blank paper) so it's awesome to get him interested in the real thing.

We started out with just pointing at places so here's a video:



Once I used a blue marker to mark where everyone lived, he had an even easier time remembering. Here's a video of how much more accurate he was:

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