Make your own PLACEmats out of maps
I don’t know what your summer has been like so far, but we’ve been having all sorts of fun adventures! Every time we go someplace new (and even when we’re visiting a location we’ve been to before), the kids all want a map. I don’t know what happens to those maps in your family, but in my family they usually end up in the car someplace, until they get thrown out when I go on a cleaning spree (oddly enough, this usually coincides with having a non-family member taking a ride in our car… something about not wanting people to know I live in squalor). I recently decided it would be fun to keep some of them around to make into PLACEmats (you see what I did there???) for us to use.
I cut my maps so they were the same size of an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper. I made sure the name of the location was on the map somewhere. This might mean cutting the name off of a different part of the map and taping it on a different part, or just writing the name in marker. Then I used my laminator to make the maps into handy little placemats. I got this laminator for Valentine’s Day a few years ago (fondly referred to as the Laminator of Love), but you could also use contact paper for this project, which would give you more flexibility as to the size of your placemat.
If making placemats doesn’t sound like your thing, you still don’t have to throw those maps away! You can save them to put in you’re child’s writing workshop folder when school starts up again (my kids always have to bring some writing inspiration to school with them). You could use them in inspire journal entries or stories. You can play games to help remember family outings! For example, in my family we play a game like 20 questions where one person thinks of a place we have visited and then everyone else asks yes or no questions to try to figure out where it is.
Have you thought of anything creative to do with your old maps or guidebooks?