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Map Activities

Design a Garden. Take your friends to Fenway. Plan a day at the Zoo. See how Boston has grown over 400 years. These activities are designed for children (of all ages) to have fun with maps and explore the world around them. Enjoy!

Explore Boston's Past

Boston Over Time

Boston Over Time (Ages 6 to 12)

How can a city grow? Use this one map to see how Boston grew from a small peninsula in 1630 to a large city in 1880.

Old and New Boston Stories

Old and New Boston Stories (Ages 6 to 10)

The Harbor is very important to Boston and has been since the city started in 1630. See how this has not changed in over 380 years in this activity.

Old Maps of Boston and New England

Old Maps of Boston and New England (Ages 8 to 12)

Boston changed even in the early years. Look at these maps from 1675 and 1775 and see what is different.

What is Boston's Story (Booklet)

What is Boston's Story (Booklet) (Ages 7 to 12)

See how Boston grew from a small peninsula to a large city. Start in 1630 and use these old maps to learn about the city’s history.

Can You Map This?

House Floor Plan Activity

House Floor Plan Activity (Ages 7 to 12 )

Imagine you are decorating a house. Learn about Scale and get creative. Draw your own floor plan for your friends.

Mapping a Garden

Mapping a Garden (Ages 4 to 10)

Use this plan of the White House Garden and decide where to plant your fruits and vegetables. Or create your own garden plan!!

Massachusetts Market Game

Massachusetts Market Game (Ages 4 to 10)

Learn about the different products that are grown in Massachusetts and have fun collecting your crops.

Reading Maps of Boston (Booklet)

Reading Maps of Boston (Booklet) (Ages 5 to 10)

Meet Harry the Herring Gull and learn Map Basics: Scale, Compass (Orientation) and Key. You can even picture places from above!

Solving Problems With Maps (Booklet)

Solving Problems With Maps (Booklet) (Ages 6 to 12)

Explore your neighborhood, plan a day, find a path, locate a special place, or learn about a new area, but most of all, HAVE FUN WITH MAPS!

Navigate Boston Today

Branch Library Game

Branch Library Game (Ages 7 to 12)

If you live in Boston, learn about your local library and explore its neighborhood. What else did you find there?

Find It Boston Map Activity

Find It Boston Map Activity (Ages 7 to 12)

Learn how to use a grid to find things on the map of Boston. Write questions for your friends. Where do you want them to go?

MBTA Map Activity

MBTA Map Activity (Ages 6 to 12)

Use this Map of the T to learn how to travel around the city. Answer the questions. Write new questions for your friends. Now go out and explore!

Neighborhood Library Activity

Neighborhood Library Activity (Ages 5 to 10)

If you live in Boston, learn about your local library and explore its neighborhood. What else did you find there?

Take Your Friends to Fenway

Take Your Friends to Fenway (Ages 8 to 12)

Use a Map, Map Key and some Math and figure out how to take you and your friends to Fenway. Go Sox!!

Walk the Arnold Arboretum

Walk the Arnold Arboretum (Ages 7 to 12)

Plan a trip to the Arnold Arboretum. Use the Key on the Left to decide what you want to see and the best route to take.

Outside the Classroom

Civil War Monument Tour of The Boston Common

Civil War Monument Tour of The Boston Common (Ages 8 to Adult)

Did you know that there are six monuments to Civil War individuals and groups on the Boston Common? Take this tour and find them.

Scavenger Hunt of BPL

Scavenger Hunt of BPL (Ages 8 to Adult)

Sure you can get books, rent DVDS and go on the computers. But there are statues and paintings too. Come in and explore.

Scavenger Hunt of Downtown Boston

Scavenger Hunt of Downtown Boston (Ages 8 to Adult)

Go and explore the many people involved in the anti-slavery movement and Civil War in Downtown Boston.

Scavenger Hunt of Greater Boston

Scavenger Hunt of Greater Boston (Ages 8 to Adult)

Fort Warren, Charlestown, and Georges Island are just some of the great places to visit in Boston.

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (http://maps.bpl.org)