"You're BRAVER than you believe,
STRONGER than you seem,
and SMARTER than you think."
-A.A Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Monday, February 7, 2011

Montessori Push Pin Maps

I mentioned before about Push Pin maps I created for Eaton. North and South America.
In this week curriculum we work on North America map. 

I used maps from MontessoriPrintShop to create that Push Pin Map.

I laminated color map and put it on the sturdy cork board.

To create these little push pins I used bamboo skewers I already had in my house. I prefer to use them as they are thicker and I cut them longer than size of toothpicks.

What you need:
* bamboo skewers or toothpicks
* push pins
*cork board
*2 laminating pouches

I created flashcards in the format of the book for Eaton as he likes to flip pages by himself.

I printed out outlined maps of North America from Montessori print shop and colored each country red on each page. At the bottom of each page I wrote down country name to flash it to Eaton quickly without any hesitation. 

For those of you who don't want to purchase any maps I have a free one I downloaded about a year ago from Internet. These files belong to Michelle Harkey. Website unknown at this time. If anyone knows the blog site please contact me and I will post it over here. (This file includes Push Pin Map of Continents).


Anna said...

Marta, those maps look awesome! Can you give me some tips how you pushed the skewers through the laminated label cards?

Marta said...

Thank you Anna. I just use precision knife:

It's great for other projects too :)

BLUEYE said...

Wow...what a great idea. Thank you. You can do this same way with the national flags.

Marta said...

This is my next step: to do flags of North America, but that will be until next 2 weeks curriculum or after my due date :)

Bri said...

lol Josiah won't let me use traditional flash cards either. I have to make books that HE can flip. He gets mad if I try to use flash cards the traditional Doman way.

P.S. I don't know if you've checked, but kizclub has added some new words to the alphabet flash cards. Just in case you want to get them done for the new baby. ;)

Marta said...

Thank you for thinking about us! I will print out that extra flashcards for my second baby!

Anonymous said...

CAn I ask what is the size of your map and cork board.

Marta said...

The map is A4 format. Board is slightly bigger 14x14 inches.
Have a great day.