First of all if you are following my blog you are probably doing it because it is sewing related. Today is going to be about creating but nothing sewing related. I started home-schooling my oldest a year and a half ago and am spending a lot of time making our home school room a fun environment to learn in. It is definetely a learning curve. I’ve tried lots of things that doesn’t work as great and then there are things that I really love just like the maps I will be showing you today.
I made a world map to use at home and in my classroom a few months ago and love it so much that I hope this tutorial will inspire you and help you make your very own. If you have older kids this is a great project they can completely do themselves and if you have younger ones they can help
- Magnetic Dry Erase Board ( I bought mine at Hobby Lobby and it is 23″ by 35″ – I used it with their 40%off coupon and paid around $16 for it. I love the look of the black but you can use the white and just use a black marker for your map instead of the white marker)
- White Paint Marker (Black if you do a white board) I got mine at Amazon – make sure it is an opaque marker.
- Graphite Transfer paper in white (black if you do it on a white board) The first map I made I used Saral paper that I had in my stash. It is standard paper size so you have to move it after tracing a part of your map. The second map I made I bought Royal Brush Graphite paper in white and this was much easier – it is bigger and you just have to move it once.
- Enlarged Map. I will explain in the next picture how you do this
- Magnet strip or circles with adhesive. ( I like the long strip I bought at Walmart , you can cut it in small pieces for the tiny pieces)
- Card Stock
- Scotch tape and scissors
- Dry Erase Markers ( for the Black board I use Neon Chalk Markers – they do claim these are dry erase but they are not. They do come off with wet wipes. I like it this way if I transport my board it doesn’t wipe off easily)
The first thing you need is your enlarged map. You can just search World Black line Map/ United States Black line Map and save whatever image you want to use . Make sure that whatever image you use that it is jpeg. Go to Blockposters.com and upload your image. This is a free website that will allow you to enlarge any picture into a poster. For the board I have I picked 4 pages wide/portrait/letter and it worked out perfect to cover my board. Download your poster and print it out.
Now take your pages, lay it out in order and tape them together so you have one big poster.
Take your board (make sure it is clean and dry) and lay your graphite transfer paper on it with the chalky side down.
Now you are going to lay your map over the your board with the graphite paper sandwiched in between your map and board. Tape it at a few places on top into position. ( This is very important so your map doesn’t move around when you are tracing) You can even tape a few on the left side.
This is how my World map looked after I enlarged it.
Now comes the tracing. 1.Grab a pen/pencil with a soft tip and start tracing. I recommend starting at the right top and work to the left , page by page and then do the bottom. Try not to press too much down on your arm so that there is no movement of the paper.2. When you are done with the top row lift your map gently and move your carbon/graphite paper down and do the bottom row. When you are sure you traced all places take your map off. 3.Take your opaque paint marker and trace over graphite lines. Again work from top right corner to left and then down. Make sure the marker is dry before using a wet wipe to wipe off all the carbon/graphite lines.
Now that that is done you can use your map so many different ways.
- I use card stock and make puzzle pieces so the kids can put it together (explained in the next picture) or I give them a chalk marker to outline different regions/states to get them comfortable with drawing a map. They can also fill in states, countries, capitals, oceans, hemispheres etc.
- For Classical Conversations I will have my weekly Geography marked on my map for the week so my son can put the puzzle pieces together and familiarize himself with the region and where it is on the map.
- With CC we also review the current week and the past 6 weeks. I found these colored push pin magnets at Walmart and will pin my regions to the side and use the corresponding marker color and mark that week on my map with the color for review.
If you want to make cardstock puzzle pieces:
- I take a letter size paper and trace my states/countries.
- when making puzzle pieces I always use Peel and stick laminate paper on my cardstock before cutting it out.(if you want to mark it permanently or have something printed do that first and then laminate it.)
- Now I am going to take my traced paper and lay it face down on the back of the card stock , glue it and cut it out.
- Add your magnet pieces to the back and you have a laminated puzzle piece.
I also print out my CC weeks and Oceans on cardstock, laminate it, cut it out and put a magnet on them. I use Library envelopes to keep all my oceans/weeks seperated so I know where to find them if not in use.
You can use these printable below ( Just click on the link and print out) I have some blank ones if I want my son to fill something in that we can just erase.
Oceans and Seas
Cycle 1 Geography Week 1-14 tags
Clear Map Labels
Below is a picture of how we like to use it. I have it on an Easel and can change maps out and the kids can sit on a chair and fill in/puzzle whatever we are currently working on.
I hope this was helpful and would love to see some pictures if you’ve made your own Dry-Erase Magnetic Map. You can email pictures or any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Till next time……