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Map reading skills for children

By OS Team

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Make maps for kids fun

Find out why you should get maps for kids and encourage them to improve their map reading skills. These guides will show you how to make map reading for kids of all ages both fun and educational.

Instil a love of the outdoors that will last a lifetime. We’ve collected some of our top ideas and inspiration for getting children of all ages interested in using maps to understand the environment around them. Ready to move to the next stage? Check out the Map reading – beginner’s guides.

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Teaching younger children about maps

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Teacher training: How to make map skills fun

Children are fascinated by maps. But it still can be a challenge for teachers to make learning fun. Here’s top tips from Outdoor Activities Instructor Adrian Hall.

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Top tips to get children using paper maps

Shell Grayson of Get Out With The Kids with her top tips to get children using paper maps while spending more time engaging with the outdoors.

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Ordnance Survey educational resources

Whether you’re a teacher or a parent, take a look at our Education Resources for project ideas and teaching aids, plus find games to play in our fun MapZone area.

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Get a free Map reading guide

Download a free map reading guide to read or print at home

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