My children love any activity that involves drawing, so this was perfect for them. Plus, it was easy for me! All I did was create a table in word and print it.
Treasure Map Grid Activity
Use this treasure map grid activity to reinforce map skills
For this activity, it will be helpful to have maps or map-related books on hand in order to review the concept of grids and coordinates. Let your children know that they get to be a cartographer and create their very own treasure maps!
- Print the grid I’ve provided or create your own.
- Ask your children to add the numbers and letters for the grid.
- Then, they can draw their very own maps.
- Don’t forget to use the map key at the bottom.
- Bonus points for singing!
If your children enjoyed making their very own maps using this map grid, why not take it a step further? Did you know that the classic game Battleship reinforces map skills by teaching grids and coordinates? Read about it here!
Want to take it one step further?
To take the fun up a notch, why not play Labyrinth? It is a classic game during which players must travel through ever-changing mazes in search of treasure!
And then, if you want to be really crazy, you build upon this activity even more with some hands-on fun! Simply get out those unit blocks and magnatiles and make a three-dimensional representation of your map or maze!
I know I’ve said it many times before but I feel it bears repeating: magnatiles are the best toy ever!
Want to check out some pirate books to expand upon the learning?
Here are some of our favorite pirate books:
Now, it’s your turn… what creative fun have you had lately? Share here!
Making a Treasure Map – Umbrella Tree Cafe
Salt dough pirate treasure – the gingerbread house
DIY Pirate Vest & Patch – Play Dough & Popsicles
Toilet paper roll pirates – Just Another Mom
Set Sail with this DIY Pirate Boat- The Resourceful Mama
It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me – Study at Home Mama
Pirates Love Underpants Sensory Bin – Adventures of Adam
Free Pirate Play Dough Mats Numbers 1-10 – Life Over C’s
Pirate Science: Fool’s Gold, Parrots and Shipwrecks! – Share it! Science News
Pirate Colouring Pages – In The Playroom
Pirate Books for Kids of All Ages – Superheroes and Teacups
Treasure Chest Craft – Messy Little Monster
How Did Pirates Navigate? How to Read a Map – Schooling a Monkey
Pirate Sensory Bin – Life with Moore Babies
Pirate Preschool Printable – Living Life and Learning
How to Make Some Great Pirate Flags – Witty Hoots
Perfect Parrot Masks for Pirate Day Fun – Peakle Pie
Pirate Perler Bead Patterns – Brain Power Boy
DIY pirate gold – P is for Preschooler
Going on a Pirate Treasure Hunt – Play & Learn Everyday
Pirate boats from a cardboard box and movie night – CraftCreateCalm
Pirate Treasure Math Printables – Kidz Activities
Treasure Alphabet Match – The Kindergarten Connection
Make Your Own Pirate Map – My Little Poppies
Treasure Map Grid Activity – My Little Poppies
Make Your Own Map and Treasure Hunt – My Little Poppies
Create a FLOATING Pirate Ship! – Milk and Cuddles
Pirate Puppet Craft -Sugar Aunts
Now, it’s your turn. How do you make map skills fun? Share your tips 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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