• How to Make a Montessori Felt World Map

    Posted on October 25, 2008 by in Homeschooling

    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

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43 Responsesso far.

  1. Lesley says:

    This is wonderful. Thank you for your instructions! I’m making this for my kids for Christmas and your instructions led me to exactly the piece of information I was missing (the link to the map website)! Thanks for sharing!

  2. admin says:

    So glad to help out! That’s why I put this blog up – to share what I spend time doing to save others time. Let me know how it turns out.

  3. Laura says:

    Thank you so much for putting the files up for anyone to use. I may try to make this for the kids for a Christmas present. I know they would love it! Getting it done without them seeing may be a problem. Ha!

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  4. FreedomMom says:

    Your amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Marcia says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. It saved me so much time.
    I’ve already had the map but I didn’t have the labels with the names of the places.

  7. mimi says:

    Merci ! C’est génial, je vais essayer de m’y mettre aussi, pour les enfants. Bravo…

  8. Lourdes says:


    I am interesed in the world map instructions. How can we get them?

  9. admin says:

    Here is the link for the instructions http://www.goalongs.com/pdf/DDB%20FM%20Instructions.pdf

    If you look at the bottom of the post the red text should link you to the needed files.

  10. Cathy says:

    The links to the map patterns and instructions seem to be broken, would love to use them if possible.

  11. KC says:

    Hi! Are you still willing to share the files for your incredible map and labels? The links appear to be broken. Thanks so much.

  12. Leann says:

    I am linking up to your post, but none of the above links are working.

  13. Barbara says:

    This is so impressive!!! May I know how can I get the links, as I couldn’t find it on the latest link.
    Thanks so much~~~

  14. silvina says:

    Hi! I cannot access any of the files mentioned in this article. I would love to make this project!
    Thank you,

  15. Michelle says:

    I would love the instructions, but the links are not bringing them up for me–are they still available?


  16. Kate says:

    I think this is fabulous! I would like to make it for my daughter but am unable to access the link provided above for the instructions (I keep getting a message that says “ooops, this link appears to be broken). Has the link been removed? Do you have any other ideas of how I might access the instructions? Many thanks.

  17. kc says:

    I would love to make this but I can’t get any of the links to work for me…am I doing something wrong?

  18. Carol says:


    I’m sorry to bother you, but the links to the instructions don’t work. Is it still possible to get the instructions?

    Many thanks,

  19. Samantha says:

    I am very interested in your world map instructions but every time I click on them it comes to a page that says not found. How can I get them?
    Thank you

  20. alice says:

    Hi, I’d like to make this map as well as you did it but the links are broken, could you help me please.

  21. Katie says:

    HI, Greetings from Ireland. this is a brilliant idea! Well done on putting this online. I can’t seem to access the pdfs, have you moved them? Many Thanks, Katie.

  22. Jacquie Hughes says:

    Oh no, none of the links seem to be working. Any suggestions? Love the work you did on the map!

  23. Jessica F. says:

    I was wondering if you still had directions for this. The links from last year don’t work. I would greatly appreciate this.

    Thank you!

  24. Melissa says:

    The link seems to be broken. Would you mind sending me the instructions? I would like to make this for my kids. Thank you for sharing!

  25. jajamillion says:

    I clicked on the link but it said that the info can’t be found… Can you please repost the link with the instructions? Thank you sooooooooooooooooo very much.

  26. donaji says:

    hi i am wondering if you still have the instructions to do this

  27. Jean says:

    I found your webpage when I was looking for an alternative to a FAO Schwartz world map. This summer our library theme is One World, Many Stories. Unfortunately, the links do not connect any longer? Do you have an updated link? Thanks, I would love to use your ideas.

  28. Patricia says:

    Hi, love your map. Can’t get to your links for the instructions. Not sure if you are still blogging but if you are, maybe you can send them to me. Thanks.

  29. Rachna says:

    I tried looking up for the instruction to make the world map .. But it can’t be opened… Is there any possible way that u could mail me or do anything abt it I am realli interested in doing it for ma kid. Thank u ..:)

  30. Diana says:

    Your map is so nice. I would like to make your felt map, but the link to your instructions and patterns doesn’t work. How can I get these? Thank you.

  31. Bruna says:

    Hi! I couldn’t find the instructions 🙁 Could you send me?
    Thank you!

  32. Sunnid says:

    Hi, I am looking for all the files you published here – all of the links are coming back with a “404 not found” error…would it be possible to send me the files?
    Thanks so much!

  33. Jennifer says:

    I love your map. I have tried the links on the page for the instructions but they do not appear to be working. Is it possible to update or send them via email? Thanks so much.


  34. Twinkle says:

    Good afternoon!
    Curious if the instructions to make one, own, map is still available for download

  35. Julie says:

    WAAAAAH! I want to make one of these! Will you send me the directions and labels, PLEEEEASE!!!!! Thank you!

  36. Sandy says:

    I love your felt map and would be happy to make one for my special needs studenst. The link doesn´t work anymore. Could you be so kind and email them to me? Thank you so much! Sandy

  37. Lara says:

    Hello, I found an old post “How to Make a Montessori Felt World Map”
    Posted by admin on Oct 25, 2008 in Homeschooling. It is exactly what I am looking for, but none of the links for instructions and files work anymore. Is there a way to get this information? My daughter asked for the FAO Schwarz version for Christmas and I just can’t spend that much money on it, Thank you in advance, Lara

  38. Ruth says:

    are you still offering these instructions for the felt map?

  39. zia says:

    hi , i am intesrested in making this for my son. but i am unable to download any of the links. could you kindly help me out ? god bless !

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  42. Emma says:

    I’m just wondering how you did Antarctica? The big map doesn’t have it on the Owl and Mouse link. Also Greenland looks huge! Is it really that big?

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