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Near and Far

Help your child find his state on a U.S. map. Plan a pretend trip to a different state. Use distance words such as "near" and "far."

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Extending this activity

  • -Create a map of your street. Reinforce the words 'near' and 'far' as you discuss locations of other homes and/or buildings around you.

    -Read the book “Me on the Map” by Joann Sweeney. This book starts with a map of a bedroom, then a home, then a town, and progresses until it gets to a map of the world. This provides the child with a prospective of how big the world is and how he or she fits into it.

Adjust for an older child

Take out a map of your town or city. Use a marker to circle locations you and your child frequent (ie: grocery store, library, school, etc.) as well as your home. Ask additional questions such as “Which is closer to our home- the school or grocery store?”

Adjust for a younger child

If the child struggles with determining which is 'near' or 'far' you can use string to show the distance between the states you are comparing. The shorter string represents the 'near' and the longer string represents the 'far.'

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Geometry

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