An important map skill is the understanding of map grids and coordinates, and this concept can be a little tricky for young children to grasp.
An easy way to quickly increase understanding of grids and coordinates, and an easy way to reinforce those skills once learned, is by playing an old classic: Battleship.
Learn About Map Grids with Battleship
How to use Battleship in your homeschool
I mean… c’mon! Who doesn’t love shouting, “You sunk my BATTLESHIP!!” just like the old 80s commercial. Believe me, your kids will love this classic game as much as you do, and they will be learning while they play!
And, sometimes, they will even be teaching each other!
Battleship by Hasbro
One of the first ways children learn to read maps is by using the map’s grid and coordinates. Can you think of a better, or more fun way to reinforce learning grids than by playing Battleship? I certainly can’t!
Reinforce map skills with Battleship
My children love to play this game together. Seuss, at almost 4-years-old, needs some help from me but that doesn’t diminish his enthusiasm for the game. It’s tough to see here, folks, but he’s actually wearing a pirate hat because- naturally- he was imagining himself aboard the ships in play. Shiver me timbers!
And do you want to know the best part? While my children are busy trying to sink one another’s battleships, they are actually learning how to use coordinates:
If your kids had fun playing Battleship, build upon their learning even further by asking them to make their very own treasure maps with this Treasure Map Grid Activity!
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Now, it’s your turn. Tell me, how do you make map skills and geography fun for little kids? Do you use Battleship in your homeschool? Share your tips and resources here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
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