Children's Maps

Written by Amy Hall
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If you have children or nieces and nephews who have a birthday coming up, you might want to encourage them to think about the world by purchasing them some children's maps. You can get travel maps of American cities, such as Boston or New York, or you can get international maps of other countries. Maps are a great way to get kids interested in geography, cultures, and the world beyond their front doors.

Look for children's maps that are made from durable materials, as regular paper maps can get easily torn and wrinkled. In addition, it is best to look for maps that are age-appropriate for the recipient, otherwise frustration may ensue. The map's legend should be easy to read in bold letters, and there should not be too much going on as this can cause young children to become confused or overwhelmed when trying to locate places on the map.

Children's maps that have clear symbols depicting places of interest are great, because this encourages kids to look for places to visit on their next trip. Some parents and teachers buy maps of the world, which makes learning about all the world's countries fun and exciting. Sometimes seeing the entire world on a large flat piece of paper puts things into perspective, as children can see where their country is located in relation to the rest of the world.

Educational Children's Maps

Although maps for children are intended to be educational, they can also be fun. You may want to hang maps up in your child's room, and allow him or her to mark off the places he or she wants to visit. You can even do research together about countries of interest, which encourages children to read and do some investigating using books and the Internet.


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