For whatever reason, I have this weird obsession with getting Vivian interested in maps. They're educational, and I just think that they're fun. We'll see if any of it actually rubs off on her. So when I was at Costco a few weeks ago, they had a bunch of different giant maps for sale with their back to school stuff. These things are massive - and nicely laminated. It was only like $7.85, so you couldn't beat the price. They're obviously meant for classrooms, but I grabbed the Illustrated Children's Map thinking that it would fit nicely in a corner of Vivian's room. I wanted to hang it low to the floor so that she could be at eye-level with it and whatnot. Once I got it home I realized that it was way, way too big for that. The only spot I could hang it was over her bed, which still works. Because of it being a daybed, it's hanging a little higher than I would like for her to be able to check it out, but she still seems to like standing on her bed and checking out the Southern Hemisphere, so it's a start.
It's a Dino Map, but I couldn't seem to find the exact one on Amazon to link for you guys. They have a bunch of different illustrated ones - the prehistoric world, animals, ancient world - but ours is just a general map of the world. I love how random this map is though - I am finding it hilarious, and educational!
It's just covered in different illustrations - landmarks, cultural events, animals, pop culture references...
There's even different ships to help fill in the oceans - that shadowy one at the bottom is the Flying Dutchman.
All along the top they have the history of flight - starting with poor old Icarus on the left side...
...and ending with the moon landing on the far right side.
I haven't investigated it fully yet - Vivian tends to yell at me for standing on her bed and looking at her map, or touching any of her things - but here are some of my favourites so far.
Michigan is obviously represented by Rappers.
I love that there are so many mysterious locations, like the Bermuda Triangle.
Nessie also makes an appearance, and I love that the map has anarchy in the U.K.
You know something is really educational when there are zombies on it.