In 2004 FAO Schwarz started selling this fabulous world map that I drooled over for months. I kept thinking it would be perfect for homeschooling, plus, it was in all the right Montessori colors! But, I didn’t have an extra $300 and decided if I wanted one I’d just have to make it. So, I did. Since then versions have shown up at other stores such as Pottery Barn Kids, Montessori-n-Such, etc. The price has stayed at around $200, but I was able to make mine for under $15 (Plus several hours work!) Mine is a bit smaller, doesn’t hang on the wall and has flat labels – but, it is a great version for a much lower price!
Tonight, I want to share my files with you. The colors are inportant because the Montessori method color codes all the materials. This makes learning the land forms way easier for the younger kids. The first file contains the instructions. The following files contain labels. (Mountains, rivers, cities, landmarks, etc.) I also have a set of plastic animals and a set of world dolls I use with my map. My map folds and stores inside a photo box with a world map on it. The labels fit in a small clear tool box stacked according to type. I have used my map in co-ops and at home for over 3 years now. It’s a bit fuzzy and I need to reattach some loose edges but it’s holding up pretty good. Instructions—— Label File 1——Label File 2——Label File 3——Label File 4