Once we started homeschooling, we realized the many benefits to it. One of those benefits is the freedom to travel. While we haven’t done a lot of it, we have definitely taken off during what would be school days in the public school system to enjoy places like DisneyWorld, Galveston, Idaho, and Pensacola.
With this in mind, I thought it would be fun to make a cork-backed map of the U.S. for our daughter to map the places that she has traveled to. For every town we’ve visited, she pushes into the map, a pin with a strip of paper attached that states the town name.
Our 10 year old loves it, as does any visitor who peruses our schoolroom ( which actually happens a lot- people seem intrigued by homeschooling for the most part).
To make this map, I got very thrifty and found a map at a local teacher supply store for about $3. I reused cork tiles that had been in my daughter’s room at our old house to back it.
After measuring the map, I laid the cork tiles out on a piece of cardboard and cut them just a bit bigger than the map to form a frame of sorts around the map. If I’d had spray glue I would have used that but I didn’t so I used just hot glue to attach the cardboard to the cork. I then glued the map to the cork.
I used several nails to attach it to the wall. Then came the fun part! Together, my daughter and I taped the names of the various towns she’s been to some sewing pins. Hali located all the towns visited herself and really enjoyed marking them with the pins as we remembered together our trips.