K, being four, is very interested in everything we do ALL THE TIME. It's a million questions for a trip to the grocery store. So I want her to be involved and as aware of what is going on with our trip as she can be. We are going to have our maps/gps to tell us where we are but I really don't think she gets it by looking at stuff like that yet. She is only starting to realize when she sees the Arch in pictures that , hey, that's where I live.
I started brainstorming about giving her a map or something she could draw on that would be easy for her to understand and not just a regular old fold up map. She's awesome at her colors and really starting to always remember her letters and numbers.
I went online and found a site called : EduPlace . They have awesome black and white line drawing maps of the whole country and the world. So I took the whole USA map and brought it into Photoshop ( but you could use any program for this) and I traced around only the states we would be driving through. Can you see my excellent tracing skills?
I colored each a different color and put their abbreviations into each one.After I did, that I deleted the layer that the black and white map was on. I blew it up to be a whole 8.5'x 11" sheet size and added the fun border and title .
Now as we pass from state to state, I can tell her and she can fill in the state we are in. Of course the heart is home and the star is Pensacola Beach , FL where we are heading. You could do this with any road trip you are doing. If you have any questions, please ask me. Happy travels this summer!
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