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Me on the Map #SmartSummer

Although we finished up the Me on the Map theme last week, we had one more activity we wanted to do.  This is a nice transition into our theme for this week: government.

The concept behind this activity is to show the child expanding zones.  We begin with the child and the family and then move to the community, the world, and beyond, giving the child a sense of her role in society and her place in the universe.

We printed out incrementally larger pieces of paper with expanding zones: child’s room, house, town, state, country, continent, planet, star system (from Coloring Castle), galaxy (use black paper, glue, and glitter) – (You can fund most of these easily by searching for “outline map” and the state or country you want. “Coloring page” is another possible search term. Make each image a half an inch longer than the previous one when resizing for printing. We skipped the italicized ones but may add them in later).

My daughter drew or colored in each piece.

Then, we arranged them from smallest to largest and largest to smallest.

Our plan is to use sticky tack to put these on stacking blocks and then eventually staple them at the left corner and paste into her journal.

This week we’ll learn more about what it means to live in the United States of America.

This post is part of the Smart Summer Challenge. Check out our family’s plans for Week 1: Me on the Map, find out more about the Smart Summer Challenge and grab our free calendar of summer learning ideas, and “like” the Smart Summer Challenge page on Facebook.


Find more great ideas from your hostesses, Candace of Naturally Educational (that’s me!), Amy of TeachMama.com, and MaryLea of Pink and Green Mama!

Hope to see you at the linky party on Friday for ideas from the community and prizes!

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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5 Responses to "Me on the Map #SmartSummer"

  1. JoAnn says:

    this is great! did you make up all of those printables or where did you find them?

  2. Kelly says:

    I am also intersted to know where to find those printables! Fabulous idea!

  3. Candace says:

    I made them from various images. I wish I could share them but I don’t own the images and some are not public domain. When I get home I’ll add some links to good sites for finding outline maps!

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