With me being a map geek and my wife a teacher, I am always looking for ways to make mapping lessons that are engaging for my wife to use at her school. Last night, I sat down with my two girls and found an easy way to make mapping fun and practical to sugar-motivated 8 year olds. We went to our neighborhood in Google Earth and decided to map out our plan for Trick or Treating.
The route needed to include the houses we have friends at as well as the houses that we know from previous years have the best candy, or some really scary decorations and haunted front yards. We tagged each of those houses and then drew a route that hit everyone of our tags in the most efficient way. For the kids, this became a treasure map of sorts and they can’t wait to print off multiple copies to share with the neighborhood kids. (more…)