I don’t quite remember when Pip first became interested in maps. He would ask to stop and look at the map in malls, the zoo, museums, etc sometime in the past year.
But I remember when it reached a new level…
We were about to go on his first ever camping trip. I had loaded up on camping themed books at the library and we read up on what to expect. One book in particular struck Pip’s fancy. It was Camping: A Mr. and Mrs. Green Adventure by Keith Baker. On one page there is a map that Mrs. Green makes for Mr. Green to help them find their camping spot.
Multiple times a day this book was brought to me so we could read the story and talk (at great lengths) about the map. That’s when his interest in maps became a full on fascination.
I could roll my eyes at this surly short lived fascination. Or I could embrace it. Being a homeschooling family, we embraced it!
We’ve borrowed a plethora of map themed books from the library. Our top five favorites are:
I’ve printed off maps of some of our favorite places and laminated maps from some of our favorite local stops (museums, zoos, etc).
And guess what? I’ve learned more about Pip in the process…
He knows many common map symbols without me ever directly teaching it. “Look mommy! Potty!”
He loves knowing where his cousins all live and being able to point to Virginia and Florida on the map.
He enjoys “planning trips”. Especially with the Disney World maps. He shows everyone who will look where his favorite places are in WDW.
It’s awesome ♥