Make a World Tourism Day Map
September 27th marks World Tourism Day. Celebrate this global travel holiday by helping your child to make a map. This isn’t just any map, but a map of a place where your child thinks that she would like to travel. Start by researching some top destinations. Help your child brainstorm places where she might want to visit. Ask her why she wants to visit these places and what she knows about them. Next, look in books or online for information about the places. Gather info on what the country or city looks like (if they are hills, mountains, bodies of water). Look at a world globe or other maps too. Now it’s time to make the map.
- Cardboard – reuse the front of an old box
- Modeling clay
- Draw the map of the area onto the cardboard. Have your child add spaces for buildings, lakes, streams, rivers, mountains or anything else that makes the place special.
- Use clay to add 3-D features. For example, build a hill with a mound of clay.
- Color in the rest of the map with the markers. Your child can write words onto it as well. This might include writing street or building names (if your child is building a map of a city) or names of geographic regions (if she’s making a map of a country).