Activity 3: Let's build a map!

Building a 3D map of a real or imaginary place.

Learning goal

  • To build and describe a model of a familiar place.

EYFS outcomes

Development matters

Understanding the world

  • Draw information from a simple map.
  • Understand that some places are special to members of their community.

Characteristics of effective learning

  • Playing and exploring.
  • Active learning.
  • Creating and thinking critically.

See Development Matters (non-statutory curriculum guidance).

Before the lesson


Support and challenge

Adults can use the opportunity to:

  • Observe and support the children as they build and create, allowing them to add their own features using junk modelling, labels/signs or other resources from the different areas of provision around the classroom.
  • Listen to storytelling and extend language/depth of learning when appropriate.
  • Model the use of vocabulary to describe features.


  • bank

  • building

  • car park

  • church

  • city

  • field

  • house

  • lake

  • mosque

  • park

  • post office

  • river

  • road

  • school

  • town

  • village

Curriculum opportunities

Created by:
Sophie Pickles (EYFS),  
Geography specialist
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