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Making a Map

We decided we wanted to make maps today. After thinking about lots of different ways we could do it (including making an underwater map where we pretended everything near our house was in the sea) we thought it would be best to make something simple.

Apart from a couple of pencils, all we took out with us were a compass and two clipboards (we made these ourselves).

Drawing maps on our clipboards.

Drawing maps on our clipboards.

We went out of the house and used the compass to work out which way we were going so that we could draw everything in the right place on the map.

We liked using the compass.

We liked using the compass.

We made up pictures of things we saw, like streetlights, train tracks and roads and wrote down what these were at the top. This is called a “legend”. We looked up how other people make legends on the Ordnance Survey website. They make lots of maps.

Halfway through we had to stop for biscuits. Mapping is hard work!

Stopping for biscuits.

Stopping for biscuits.

When we finished we came home and made the maps again so that they were easier to read.

A finished map.

A finished map.

We liked making maps. We did a search for “The Greatest Map in the World“. It was very interesting.

  • Janet E Davis

    I enjoyed reading about the map making. I love maps. I find historical maps fascinating, especially when I can see the same place as it was at different times and how it looks now. I really liked your finished map. The legend is great.

  • http://pigsonthewing.org.uk Andy Mabbett / @pigsonthewing

    Nice work! The greatest map in the World is OpenStreetMap, because it’s made by ordinary people like you and me. Can you find where you live on there?

  • Louise Brown

    I love maps and I think yours is excellent. Can you work out roughly what scale your map is? The scale is how much you’ve made it smaller by it is in the real world. You can get different maps with different scales for different purposes.

  • mistergough

    Thanks for commenting. We’re going to look at Open Street Map next; we’ve a lot more work to do on maps.

  • mistergough

    Thank you. We’re definitely going to do more with maps. We’re going to map our house next. 🙂

  • mistergough

    Thank you. We’re going to map our house next so we can work out how to use scale. We’ll show you when it’s done.

  • http://observations.johnwlewis.info John W Lewis

    Well done! Maps are useful to people for many purposes.

    Who would find your maps most useful? For example, could you send maps to your friends to help them find their way?