Map-It! Create a map of your home, property, neighborhood, or close-by space that you can walk to safely.


  • Blank piece of paper
  • Hard surface to write on, such as a clipboard
  • Pencil
  • Colored pencils (optional)

What to do:

  • Decide what area you will map.
  • Walk around the space outside and draw each thing you find along the way.
    • Buildings like a house or apartment, parking areas, sidewalks (human features) 
    • Trees, water (natural features)
    • You can use shapes to identify features such as trees), and more
    • You’ll want to draw the things that will not move (like a car or a bird) on your map!
  • Once you have your map, try to add additional elements such as
    • Compass rose — see if you can figure out what direction is North, South, East and West (try this method)
    • Key — Create a key so you can identify the shapes for each object
    • Determine the scale — does one inch = one foot? See if you can figure it out!
    • Add color and other details to your map.

Check out these examples below to see what others have done!

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