Tip: Notice and point out if the map has compass points, a scale or a legend (key) to help locate places or attractions.
Give your child a map of a venue that you are visiting, like the zoo, a farm or even a shopping centre, and put them in charge of navigation. Encourage your child to suggest the route you should take and have them navigate you through it.
27 February 2021
Things you need
- Day trip to a zoo, farm or shopping centre
- Venue map
Take the opportunity to teach your child about locations the next time you’re both at a public attraction such as a large shopping centre, zoo or farm. Find a venue map and discuss it with your child.
Encourage your child to suggest the route that you'll take to different places and ask them to describe their plan to you.
Encourage them to use words like:
- north, south, east and west
- north-east, south-east, south-west and north-west
- left and right
- legend or key
After completing this activity, work with your child to create a map of your local town, suburb, farm or even your home to be used by other members of your family for a sightseeing tour. Remember to include compass points, a scale, a legend (key) and important landmarks or attractions..