I have a few projects I’ve forgotten I wanted to work on, but one that I think I need to complete sooner rather than later is putting a backing on this fabric map I found at Walmart (not fond of their ethics, but really they have things I can’t find elsewhere locally). My original plan was to make an “I Spy” quilt on the backside, but I’m just not that ambitious.
My 5 year old is reading and so when I pulled out this piece of fabric I was listening to her read:
She asked me where the island was where the leprechauns lived. I told her “Ireland” and told her it was next to the United Kingdom and she was able to find it.
She was excited when she found India because that’s where her friend at school, Nirali had family and that Nirali went to visit them for a month earlier this year.
I asked her if she remembered anything special about Australia (thinking of Finding Nemo) and she replied, “Oh, that’s where that boy who had a bad day wanted to move to in that book”. After a few moments of thinking, I realized she was talking about Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Since I posted, I also found a fabric map of the United States and a little bit of Canada (with provinces) and Mexico at Joann’s Fabric store. They have the states, the capitals and a picture or two of landmarks or historical facts. They also carry the world map too. Both are $6.99 (but cheaper if you have the 40% off coupon of course).
I love that the Declaration of Independence and the Liberty Bell is on there among other things.
I decided to line the state map with a fun bug print so that we can use the reverse side for a pretend picnic blanket.
My 7 year old has learned some geography in school and remembers that somewhere in South Dakota, Sue Hendrickson discovered the Dinosaur Sue. She was learning the state capitals also and the map makes it a good reference for her to remember them.
My children surprise me each and every day and I realize that they are the ones that make me realize that there are a lot of new things to learn and more than a few forgotten hings to brush up on. Geography was one of my favorite subjects and I forgot how much fun it was to learn about geography and make associations to locations and events around the world. Learning to them is fun, and I forgot how much so until they remind me.