Compass Rose

All three of my boys have loved learning map skills.  Both my husband and mom are map enthusiasts, so it appears that genetics may play a role in their excitement.

compass rose Rhett(5) and I have been working on map basics – North, South, East and West – and the compass rose.

What is a Compass Rose?

A compass rose displays the cardinal directions {North, South, East & West} and the intermediate directions on a map, chart or compass.

Learning Directions

I thought it might be helpful to make a Compass Rose worksheet to help Rhett learn directions.  It is always helpful to have something that he can pull out on his own and work on without my undivided attention.

Compass rose project materials I started with several pieces of scrapbook paper an Exacto knife and a pair of scissors.

I Googled “Compass Rose Images” and found one that I liked to use as a template.

The image was cut and used to cut the scrapbook paper into one large and one small four-point shape.  The larger one was used for N, S, E & W and the smaller one for NE, SW, SE & NW.

They were glued onto a sheet of paper as a base.

At each point a bit of Velcro was fastened.

8 squares were cut and each was labeled with a direction.

learning directions The direction squares can be removed and replaced by little fingers whenever desired.

One thing that I learned when completing this project is that I would decrease the size of the Velcro used.  It is VERY sticky and a smaller square/circle would make it easier to remove.

Once the directions are learned, this Compass Rose could be used for “life size” map projects within a room or in our backyard.

I feel a treasure hunt coming on…

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About Holly

Kids Activities Blog is Holly's blogging home.

She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

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