1. The basic idea

    Go for a walk and draw a rough map of where you went. Chat it through as you draw: “We passed the school, then where did we go?”

  2. Over to you, wee one

    Follow their instructions and/or let them take over the drawing as you chat.

    Top tip: It’s not about being accurate, it’s about sharing the experience.

  3. Cheeky bonuses

    • Literacy skills
    • Vocabulary
    • Spatial awareness
    • Gives you some fresh air and exercise!
  4. Variations

    • Draw a map as you share a story: “What did they pass next on the bear hunt?”
    • Make a treasure map together and let your wee one lead you round the house on an adventure
  5. And remember…

    Start the map like it’s the most fascinating thing to you and wee ones are more likely to join in. It doesn’t matter if it’s a scribbly mess, it’s all communication.