Neighborhood Map


Kids become map-makers as they take a new look at the school neighborhood!


1. On walks around the school neighborhood, take notes and sketch important features such as streets and buildings with Crayola® Washable Markers. Study local maps for neighborhood details, and note changes since the maps were printed.

2. Draw your own map of the neighborhood on a large sheet of construction paper using your notes and sketches for reference. Prepare to create a large 3-D map of the area. Decide with your friends who will make which building.

3. Create a building model using small cardboard boxes, Crayola Model Magic, construction paper, and collage materials. Cut paper to cover buildings with Crayola Scissors. Glue dry modeling compound and other items together with Crayola School Glue. Decorate with Crayola Washable Glitter Glue. Dry overnight.

4. Set the buildings in place on a solid base such as recycled cardboard or thick foam. Create street signs, landscaping, roads, people (yourself?), and animals to complete the map.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Challenge more skilled children to create buildings to scale and in proportion to one another. Study types of architecture and building construction.
  • Hold a scavenger hunt using children's maps.
  • Children with physical challenges might use computers, photography, and other methods to record their observations and construct their maps. This lesson plan was adapted from ideas submitted by Sandra Vachon of Lachine, Quebec, Canada, for the 50 States - 50 Weeks Dream-Makers® series.

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crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • white paper
  • recycled boxes
  • collage materials



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs


  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students observe, take notes, and sketch the school neighborhood during walks. Young students focus on the immediate area, while older students branch out farther.

  • Students study local maps and draw original neighborhood maps based on their observations and sketches. Attention to detail, proportion, and scale increases with older students.

  • Children transform 2-dimensional drawings into a 3-dimensional map of the school neighborhood.


Research Canada Standards
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