I found this giant laminated wall map at goodwill a few years ago. I think it was $1.26. Somewhat bent and beat up, it was still usable, so we picked it up. (Find a similar map here.)
Because it is laminated, it was easy to write on with dry erase markers. Juliet had so much fun drawing the weather on it and using it as a giant weather map for a long time.
Then, somewhere along the way, it became a giant menu and maybe a flying carpet (it fell off the wall and lived on the floor for a while.) Then Ben put it in the garage.
I dug it out a few weeks ago and put it up in our "school room/playroom". We've been sticking little icons on it for places we've read about and learned about in kindergarten.
The sticking of the icons is so appealing that Juliet gets a bit disappointed if I don't have a new one for her to place every few days. So, on Friday, when she asked me where we were going today (and I didn't have an answer), I came up with a fun idea.
I used one of the most recent pictures Compassion sent us of our sponsored child (who lives in Kenya) and let her find his country on the map and then stick his photo there. She loved it.
If you haven't noticed yet, I've posted a new button in my sidebar about Compassion's blog month (which is this month!) This is to let you know that I'll be participating in this blogging event.
I know you are already used to seeing me post on Compassion every now and again, but get ready for some more this month. :)
Compassion has a network of bloggers that is open for anyone to join--if you are interested in joining us for blog month, find more information here.