As a former Social Studies Teacher, I love geography and I want to instill a global-mindset into my preschoolers minds.   We recently moved and are having fun transforming the new house into a home – i.e. we are swamped with reconstruction projects.   I wanted to liven up the blah wall that was left after we opened up the office area to become a eat-in kitchen, and wanted to imprint to the world into my kids minds.   We are so small compare to the scope of global issues.   I want to help my kids realize there is a big world out there, with big needs.   The world is bigger than the neighborhood, town, country we live in.   Large maps are expensive or tacky.   Map mural to the rescue!!! .

What we needed to create our mural:

  • An overhead projector
  • An image of the world
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Permanent marker
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • 2 hours of kids-hands-off drying time (easier said than done)
To make the mural I printed off a picture of the world.   Then I put the plastic wrap over the picture and traced the world with my marker.   This meant that I didn’t have to buy transparency paper – I’m a tightwad.   Project your image onto the wall and fill it in.   This is super easy! This is what our kitchen area looked like when we moved in and you can see the progression of the mural to completion.   I like my new kitchen!!! Where did we get our inspiration? Michell, from Girl in Air, has a fun crafty blog – check her out!

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  1. Visiting from Kimbas — just saw the one at girl in air — amazing projects! Love how you made your own transparency! 🙂

  2. That looks great Rachel! I love the simple colors you used, it makes it look so much more striking and graphic.

  3. Love it! We have a big, not-nearly-as-nice-looking map poster in the kids’ playroom. Your map looks great and worthy of a place in your breakfast nook.