Take a compass…


Today was Cubs and the theme for the day was Compass and Mapping.

So, how do you teach a group of 7 to 10 year olds how to use a compass or map?

We started with a great “steam-off” game: Outside (unless you have a hall or large, uncluttered area), point out the 4 compass points – North, South, East & West. Call these out randomly, and the children have to run to that point as fast as possible. For fun, throw in a few extra’s – North East or South West. This is a great way to get rid of extra energy and learn the compass points at the same time!

Our 7-year olds then went out to observe where the sun rises, the path it follows, and where it sets. The 8 and 9-year olds paced out the dimensions of the hall/meeting place and attempted to draw a draft map, showing all the rooms, windows, doorways, etc.

The 10-year olds took a walk around the block (accompanied by an adult) with a street map, observing streets and “map” signs, such as those indicating churches and schools. On their return, they mapped out where they had been.

They were all given a diagram of a compass to fill in the points, that looked like this:

Compass points

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Have Fun! Look out next Tuesday for fun Woodcraft Trails and a Compass Point Game.