Road trips are always part of the holiday season, if you have children this is a easy way to teach them a little geography and keep them entertained at the same time. Obtain a map of your state or a Road Atlas. Free state maps are easy to find. I also found a US Road Atlas that was especially made for children and already has activities included in the atlas.
If using the free state map, print off a list of places for the children to find on the map and give them a marker to circle their finds. I think it is fun to look for GIRL AND BOY NAMES on a map. They can also mark along the route of travel as you pass the next town, etc. it gives them something else to look for on a long trip.
Making up sentences using town names is another fun way to use a map. For example: Forty One Buffalo Lookout Four Corners of the Greenfield. The underlined bold words are all names of towns on the Oklahoma map. There are lots of activities to do with a map or atlas, have fun making up things to teach and entertain.
Part of the GIRLS and BOY TOWN NAMES found on the STATE OF OKLAHOMA map:
Ada Adamson Alma Afton Alva Albert Amber Alex Amorita Allen Ashland Armstrong Aydelotte
Asher Babbs Avery Belva Beckett Bernice Boyd Bessie Braden Bethany Bradley Blair Byron
Blanch Calvin Calera Carter Carmen Chester Chelsea Clayton Cheyenne Clinton Christie
Colbert Clarita Cole Cleora Cookson Corinne Cordell Courtney Crawford Coweta Curtis Creta
Dale Daisy Damon Dela Dane Edith Darwin Eufaula Davis Eva Dempsey Fay Dewey Francis
Douglas Gay Drake Gerty Duke Hanna Duncan Helena Durwood Henryetta Dustin Inola Eason
Isabella Eddy Jesse Edmond Joy Eldon Kinta Elliott Lacey Elmer Laverne Emet Lela Erick
Lula Fallon Marletta Farris Martha Finley Maud Fletcher May Frederick Mazie Garvin Nida
Grady Octavia Graham Oleta Grant Olive Grayson Oneta Harris Paden Haskell Page Hester
Ramona Hoyt Rhea Hunter Roberta Jay Rose Jet Salina Kenton Savanna Lamar Sharon
Lamont Stella Lane Velma Logan Vera Luther Vian Mason Vinita Perry Vivian Porter Wadena
Preston Wanette Reed Weleetka Spencer Wyandotte Stanley Wynona Thomas Zena Wayne