Draw a map of your city

Quin drawing map of London
Quin drawing
map of london
In the days leading up to Christmas when the kids were home from school and looking for activities to keep them entertained, I suggested they draw a map of London with all their favourite things to do and see in their city. We had an extra piece of poster paper lying around and I suggested they draw the map and paint the details. I gave them some rough guidance about the layout of London and where some of the important monuments are, but for the most part, they really took the lead to draw their city all on their own. They looked at some maps of London and some guide books, but again they did most of it all on their own and a lot of it from memory. I was so impressed with their drawings of the buildings and love the way their map of London turned out. I also loved seeing what they included on their map — Big Ben and the London Eye, of course, but they also included Ruby Violet ice cream parlour, Thanh Binh (our favourite Vietnamese restaurant), Hampstead Heath, their dad’s office, Maltby Street Market, our favourite pizza restaurant, and of course Emirates Stadium, home of their favourite football team.

Easton drawing map of London

It took the kids a good couple hours to finish their map and they stayed really engaged with this activity throughout the whole process. They also learned a bit about their city — we talked about distance and direction and the layout of London, and they now have a better idea of where everything is in relation to our house.

Plus, I love their map so much I’m planning on getting it framed to hang in our entrance way. Such a sweet visual representation of the way they view London.

Courtney x



Comments (13)

December 29, 2014

That is the best idea! I love how kids layout color, the way their hands throw paint in the canvas! I’m really impressed too! Great activity Courtney! 🙂

Esther in Amsterdam
December 30, 2014

I love it!! x

December 30, 2014

I love this idea!! Such an awesome activity. I’m definitely going to do this. Thanks Courtney xx

December 30, 2014

What a great idea! My daughter is only 19 months but I’m stashing this away and keeping it in mind. I think I’ll even tell my friends about it, and the blog where I found the idea of course!

December 30, 2014

I love this idea! And the illustrations are wonderful – to be framed for sure! Also I love you go to thanh binh – that used to be my fave viet back in the days when the lock tavern was my local!!! A loong time ago! Great chicken pho. I highly recommend Song Que Vietnamese on Kingsland Rd, right by the geffyre museum which is also a nice visit – they do wonderful pho, papaya salad, soft shell crab, quail, bun with grilled pork, spring rolls… Making myself hungry! What a lovely activity that can now be replicated with other towns or countries you’ve visited, or even an adamo map of the world, with all 4 kids contributing x

Leah prins
December 30, 2014

This is a great idea & the result is beautiful. I’m hoping my girls will be able to draw our home city one day 🙂

January 1, 2015

Gorgeous! I love this!!!

January 1, 2015

What a great idea!!! Love it. Thank you, Courtney 🙂

January 7, 2015

What a wonderful idea! Must do this in a few years’ time!

January 11, 2015

What a lovely idea…such creative kids!

January 12, 2015

Love love this idea! And so fun to see what sticks out in their minds as their favourite things to see and do.

February 6, 2015

Love this! x

March 6, 2015

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