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How-To: Make a Fold-Out Map

For today’s How-To Tuesday, we are sharing how to create a unique map of our own neighborhood. If you were giving a tour of your neighborhood, what people, places, animals, restaurants, and streets would be included? Perhaps there is a secret garden you enjoy, best ice cream spot, or favorite park bench.

All you need for this project are a few simple materials from around your apartment.

What you’ll need:

colored construction paper
colored pens


1. To create your neighborhood map, start with a standard 8.5” x 11” piece of colored construction paper. Fold the paper in half crosswise and then fold both sides up to the middle. Open it up and flatten.

2. Fold vertically in half and fold both ends to the middle. You will have 16 rectangles made by the folds.

3. Next, you will cut the paper in the form of a “W”. Cut from the left side, stopping at the first right fold. Then cut from the right side, stopping at the first left fold, and then from the left side through the middle, stopping at the last fold.

4. Fold, reversing folds as necessary, until the pamphlet is complete.

5. Grab your pamphlet and a pen and take a walk around your neighborhood. As you walk, trace your path on the pages using different kinds of lines – straight, curved, wavy, zigzag…

6. Add drawings of the places you pass, such as the library, coffee shop, construction site, or your school.

7. When your map is complete, share it with friends and family that visit your neighborhood.

Share your new map with us using #sharewithCMA! How-To Tuesdays are published on our blog every other week, so check back soon for a new project!

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