Make a North America treasure map with your kids. The purpose of this activity is to familiarize kids with the North American continent.
You should start by finding North America on a globe or world map. Find where you live and show the location compared to North America or inside North America. You might want to name all of the seven continents as well.
Then on a large sheet of paper draw a rough map of North America free hand. We had a roll of brown paper. A brown paper grocery bag would work too. You could also use white paper or a piece of poster board.
Then decorate the map with some of the actual features of North America. We added some deserts, the Grand Canyon, a volcano in the Cascade Range, the Mississippi River and the vast forests of the north along with other features. We used a child’s atlas as a reference for the physical features.
After that we added some pirate themed details like a sea monster, a pirate ship, a pirate route to follow and an X to mark the “spot”.
Finally we crumpled up our paper over and over to make it wrinkled and soft and old looking. We also tore the edge roughly and darkened the torn edge with a black crayon to make it look burned.
- You could do this same activity with any of the seven continents.
- Instead of adding in physical features you could add in man-made landmarks from North America and have the pirate route take you on a tour of each of them.
- Pirates really did lurk off the coasts of North America in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Find out about some real pirates and why they sailed the seven seas.
- Add a compass rose to your map and talk about direction. A globe can really help with seeing this concept.