Mapping is a fun tool for creative–and busy–kids. It involves planning, imagination, and nothing more than a piece of paper and pencil. The map doesn’t have to be to scale…it doesn’t even have to be straight! It just has to fill up space on the page, and allow the mapper to fill it in.
What is mapping?
Mapping is simply drawing a space, and filling in everything that is already there. Mapping a library (or even a section of it), will encourage your child to walk around the look at what is physically in the space. They might have to ask questions to find out what’s behind a door, or look at an area they’ve never been in before. Discoveries can lead to all kinds of interesting things, such as new books, figuring out how a library works, and who works at the library.
What do we do next?
Once your child has discovered and labeled all of the spaces on their map, you could always get them to dream. Can they think of something interesting to put into a free area? Would they do something different if they were designing the library? How could they improve a space that they already use, such as a children’s area? All of these questions can lead to more questions, of course, but also some great brainstorming. It will force your child to see a familiar space in a new way, and maybe even get them problem solving. And once they’ve mapped the library, they can do other places, such as your home, a local museum, or even their school.
If you could re-design any space you regularly visit, what would it be?