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).
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 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!
When we finished we came home and made the maps again so that they were easier to read.
We liked making maps. We did a search for “The Greatest Map in the World“. It was very interesting.