Five mappy activities for the kids this summer

Keeping the family entertained during summer holidays can be a challenge, particularly if the British weather hits a damp spell. We’ve got five great activities, both indoor and outdoor, that will appeal to budding geographers and explorers. And a fantastic competition to win some books to help you with the entertainment…

  1. Download our Minecraft map of Great Britain

Minecraft, the Swedish computer game in which you make things out of virtual blocks, remains hugely popular with users of all ages. If you or your family are Minecraft devotees, why not try our geographically-accurate Minecraft map of Britain?

Looking up Southampton Water in the Minecraft map of Great Britain

Our Minecraft map has a staggering 83 billion blocks representing the 224,000 square kilometres of Great Britain. It even won us a Guinness World Record as the largest real-world place represented in Minecraft! It’s perfect for a spot of gaming with geography combined. Download the GB Minecraft world and let us know how you get on.

  1. Try some mappy colouring in

You can make learning about the geography of Great Britain fun with our Great British Colouring Map. 55 map illustrations covering iconic cities, recognisable tourist spots and historical locations across England, Scotland and Wales. Or you can simply jump on the mindfulness craze and have a go yourself!

We also have a series of city maps, all using OS OpenData, available for free download.

  1. Learn to read a map

Map reading is an essential skills for explorers big and small. If you’re spending time outdoors, a trusty map will help you to get the most out of your adventure, whether it’s walking, cycling, horse riding or touring.

Take a look at our guides and videos to help the whole family swot up on your map reading and navigation skills – with a little help from well-known explorer Steve Backshall. Then #GetOutside and put them into practice. Plus, for little explorers, being familiar with an OS map will be an added bonus in their geography lessons when they go back to school!

  1. Tackle a Mission:Explore challenge

Former OS Geovation Challenge winners Mission:Explore launched an adventure book packed with challenges for children to try out, perfect to encourage the family to #GetOutside.

There are 49 weird and wonderful missions to tackle, ranging from eating like a local to creating puddle maps or navigating by the stars.

Find out how to win a copy below…

  1. Visit the MapZone

Our MapZone site is aimed at 5-11 year olds and is packed with games, quizzes and fun facts to inspire a love of geography. Give it a try!

Win a Mission:Explore book

We have six copies of the fantastic book to give away. Just tell us the name of the person who presents our map reading videos.

Post your answer on the blog by midnight on Thursday 10 August. We’ll draw six winners from the correct entries and post the books out to help you keep the family entertained this summer.

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11 Responses

  1. Alison

    Great ideas! We’ll be trying these out, I have a very geeky son with a geography teacher Auntie, both will love these. Map reader presenter is Steve Backshall.

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