Project City Map

The project "city map" is about letting your students create a world in miniature, in which they can place their own houses, cars and figures. Pelikan is pleased to provide you with a city map that can be the foundation for your model city.

Project City Map

The topic "child and map" is suitable for classes of all grades, as the materials used are always very different from each other. This way the children do not have the feeling of doing the same exercise twice.

Pelikan Teachers' Info would like to offer you a new project under the topic "child and map"; a project with the name "Project city map":

The Pelikan model of the world connects your hometown with your own creation of a world in miniature.

The project "city map" is about letting your students create a world in miniature, in which they can place their own houses, cars and figures. Pelikan is pleased to provide you with a city map that can be the foundation for your model city. The map's layout orients itself by the maps which you can find in telephone books (e.g. in the yellow pages®), which makes it possible to link your fantasy world to the real world.

Many different materials are available as templates for you to download: A ground plan of the city map to color out (template in black-white), a city map in color which can also be ordered as a stable cardboard version at Pelikan, crafting templates for different kinds of buildings that you can give your own design, a bridge and a key that shall animate the students to deal with the topic more intensively.

 

  1. First download the necessary templates from the internet and print them out. Please consider that the roof of the house (3/7) needs to be printed out twice:


  1. The city map in color is the basic structure of our model, which can also be ordered at Pelikan as a stable cardboard version. The landscape of our model is designed to attach additional city maps to it and consequently expand the city:
More maps beside each other make an even larger city map.

Constructing the residential house

The second house is made the same way:

  1. First cut out the templates.
  2. Before putting the parts together, the templates should be colored with Pelikan colored pencils.
  3. Fold the walls of the house along the edges and along the gluing strips.
The house is being glued together and the floor and the ceiling installed.
  1. Then glue first the floor and then the ceiling into the basic structure of the house. Attention: The top side is placed 1 cm farther inside!
  2. Now fold the roof and glue it together on the gluing strips.
The roof is being glued together.
  1. The last step is to place the roof on top of the building and to fix it with glue. For this step there are no gluing strips, therefore you will have to glue the roof directly onto the building.
The roof is glued directly onto the house.

Constructing the grocery store

  1. Before putting the parts together, the templates should be colored with Pelikan colored pencils.
  2. Stick the two walls of the grocery stores together and then glue the gluing strips together, as you have done previously with the house. Then glue first the floor and then the ceiling into the building. Again the ceiling has to be installed 1 cm deeper inside.
The building is being glued together and the ceiling and floor installed.
  1. Then glue the base lines of the two gable ends onto the marked edges on the left and right side of the building.
  2. Now cut out the roof and fold it along the middle and glue it to the gluing strips of the gable ends.
The roof is affixed with the gluing strips. This is what the grocery store will look like when it's finished. It can be colored before it is glued together.

 

Constructing the sports club

  1. Before putting the parts together, the templates should be colored with Pelikan colored pencils.
  2. Glue the walls together just like you've done with the grocery store Then glue first the floor and then the ceiling into the building. Again the ceiling has to be installed 1 cm farther inside.
  1. Now glue the gables (yellow) to both sides or the basic structure. Please be careful to let both roof pitches show to the same side (red arrows).
Both gables are glued onto the right and left side of the sports club.
  1. Both gables are glued onto the right and left side of the sports club.
The roof of the sports club also has to be glued onto the front and back wall of the building.

 

Constructing the bridge

  1. After cutting out the bridge, cut into the lines of all arrows.

  1. Now fold all the lashes that have been created by cutting into the lines of the arrows upward (90°). They will serve as a railing for the bridge later on. The gluing strips are for the attachment on the map.
The completed bridge is attached to the city map with the two gluing strip.

Making the flag

You can either use the prepared design for the flag or you can let the children create their own individual design. Then simply glue the flag around the straw.

Make four 1cm deep cuts into the bottom edge of the straw. Bend the four created strips apart and glue the straw onto the city map.

 

Setting up the houses

You can set up the houses, the bridge and the flag on the city map by following this plan. In order to be able to use this plan as a basis for your map, fix the houses, bridge and flag to the map using adhesive tape so that they can be repositioned again easily later on.

The two houses are placed in the squares A1/F1 with the corresponding names "house 1" and "house 2". The sports club stands in the box D1 and the flag in C1. The bridge hangs over the two streets between the squares D2 and E2 and is glued on the corresponding gluing areas. Last but not least follows the grocery store which should be glued into the boxes B3/C3.

Tip: The squares are marked in blue lines, so house2 e.g. belongs in square F1. The boxes allow an exact localization of the buildings and a practical use that you can exercise very easily; e.g. the children can give each other tasks, like telling/asking each other where the "Angelsee" lies (square F2).