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Make a Map

Take a bird's eye view of our beautiful world!

What you need:

  • A large piece of paper or cardboard
  • Pencils or other drawing tools

Something extra:

You might want to do a practice map of your bedroom first! Hide something in your room and mark with an X on the map. Ask someone to use your map to find it! Did your map work?

Let's start mapping!



Go to the area you want to map. Decide on the borders of your map.

Where's north?

The sun will tell you! It rises in the east and sets in the west in Australia. 
Find north and mark it with an arrow on the side of your page.

Observe and record

  • Stand in the centre of the space. Imagine you are a bird looking down from above. What do you see?
  • Start by marking the things that are closest to you on the map.
  • Turn around slowly and draw the details you see.
  • Add details in their correct position! To help you do this, make sure your map always faces the right way as you turn - with the north arrow pointing north.
  • Walk in larger and larger circles to capture all the important landmarks and details until you reach the borders of your map.