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Why are symbols used in maps?

Watch the videos below to find out...

To be able to understand maps, it is important to have map-reading skills.

Maps are usually too small to contain lots of writing so instead there are symbols. There is usually a key at the side of the map which explains what these symbols mean.


Your task:


Can you create a map of your garden (or house) using a key and symbols? 

You could create a treasure map and have a go at hiding something for another member of your household to try and find, using your map! 

You could do this by hand, or on the computer using a paint program. 

Use the image below as an example for writing a key, but try to come up with your own symbols and key for your garden!