Kids can’t explore the world right now. Have them map it instead.

Plus, 9 ideas for creative maps

Right now, your kids probably aren’t exploring like they were a few months ago. So give them another option: Have them explore the world by making maps.

Maps show more than how to get from Point A to Point B—they also tell a story. They can reveal the travel path of a bug, explore animal patterns in your neighborhood, or even envision a future world.

Mapmaking keeps kids’ brains active by promoting language, geography, history, and art skills. Using a different perspective to think about people and places inspires creativity, and understanding spatial relationships increases reasoning skills important for STEM learning.