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This was a super question posed by a 4 year old in my class after a non-fiction reading session. Can anyone tell me how I can answer this (i.e tell me how maps are made ) in simple language please?

thanks for you help, in advance

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Isn't it called 'cartography?' I used to paint maps for an engineering consultants many years ago, but I didnt have to draw them. Dont children ask some cracking questions? xD:o

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How about,

Well lets make one :o

 

My recent Pirate day, I drew an arial view of the room, hid a box of treasure, stuck a peel off dot on the "map" and the child worked out where to find the treasure. Then with a little support she hid the treasure and I asked her where to put the dot.

If you haven't got a peel off dot photocopy a sheet of the map for each child that wants to play and draw a cross. you could also add arrows for the direction of how to get to the treasure.

It worked really well and they picked up the concept very quickly.

 

Peggy

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Did you know the first A-Z of London was made by a lady (whose name I forget but could be something like Phyllis or Agness Pearsall) who walked each and every road, lane or path in London and then drew up what she found?

 

Maz

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Guest Tracey F

Another good site is www.multimap.com - if you type in your town or postcode, then click on the aerial photo, then 'mouse' over it the layout of the roads is kind of superimposed over the top - great for working out where school / home is on the aerial photo and seeing how the map represents the things on the photo.

Hope that makes sense!!

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