Well, this turned out to be a little bit of work on my part, but it was my own fault. I was trying to be lazy, but my four year old would not have it.
He really likes maps so we checked out the book Follow That Map!: A First Book of Mapping Skills from the library. This is a great introduction to all kinds of maps and the features of maps. A group of children loses their cat and dog and go looking for them using a variety of maps, asking the reader questions along the way.
Here comes the part where I don't look so good. Drew's favorite map was the treasure map and he really wanted to do a project with a treasure map. (Sometimes I just curse myself for coming up with such crazy fun projects. Sigh.) I am almost always up for a good project, but this was Sunday morning. Early Sunday morning. And I could not be described as a morning person. I briefly thought about making one of our letter treasure maps, but I thought I could pacify him with printing off a treasure map to color. There's lots online but I used one I found on Spoonful.
Do I even need to tell you that this was not going to cut it? This is the point when I thought, this kid is driving me crazy. He needs to burn off some energy. I'll modify the map so he has to move around a lot. And once I had started that I figured why not add some letter recognition in there since I was already off the couch anyway?
I made some construction paper cut-outs that said things like, "Take 10 big steps. Find A in the dining room." and "Do 20 jumping jacks. Find B in the kitchen." (See how I snuck some counting practice in there too? Sneaky, aren't I?)
I stuck these to the map.
I also made 3 letters for each room. I put a smiley face on the back of the correct letter.
Then I hid them:
My two year old stayed interested for about 4 letters, but Drew did the whole thing and then did it all again. It didn't hurt that the last stop had two chocolate/gold coins. What's a treasure map if it doesn't lead to treasure?