Introduction: MAP MONSTERS

Learning Geography can become more fun when students are encouraged to add an artistic touch. Map Monsters is a wonderful cross-curricular activity that I do with my students that incorporates Geography, or reading maps and visual arts. After learning a particular geographic of an area of the world the children look for monsters hidden along the borders of the countries! Using whatever drawing tools are handy the monsters begin to climb out of the map!
Students enjoy learning the objectives of art and geography through creative experiences.

Step 1: Supplies

Supplies for this project are very basic.  One needs a map and drawing (or / and watercolors) materials. I like to use assorted markers, colored pencils and metallic markers.

Step 2: White Out

Oh and white out (or acrylic paint) is perfect for eyes and teeth!

Step 3: First Step

First take a look at the map to find a monster image hidden somewhere along a countries border or deep in the mountains....

Step 4: Identifying Your Monsters

When you have found an image of a monster lightly draw over the map with pencil. When you are certain of your desired shape go over pencil drawing with a sharpie marker. 

Step 5: Adding the Eyes and Teeth

Next if my monster has eyes or teeth, mine usually do but yours do not have to!
I use white out to identify these features. 

Step 6: Adding Color

Using color pencil, watercolor and markers begin to fill in the creatures features with color and add detail.

Step 7: More Monsters

Finishing touches are added and this Map Monster is complete.

Step 8: More Monsters From Around the World!

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parisusa made it! (author)2016-06-17

Love these! I only learned the soldier on the U.S. Flag as a kid. See photo! :) your monsters are more fun!

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Susan Cirigliano made it! (author)Susan Cirigliano2016-06-20

CUTE!!! I never knew that soldier was hidden in there!

parisusa made it! (author)2016-06-17

Love these! I only learned the soldier on the IS

Susan Cirigliano made it! (author)2014-09-13

Have you tried this yet?

emkiwala made it! (author)2013-05-26

Love these! Defiantly trying this! Your artistic style reminds me a lot of shel silverstine...

Susan Cirigliano made it! (author)Susan Cirigliano2014-09-13

Did you try this yet???

DaMalua made it! (author)2014-07-03
Susan Cirigliano made it! (author)Susan Cirigliano2014-09-13

Thanks You !!!!!

ecsaul23 made it! (author)2014-09-12

this is great!!!!

Susan Cirigliano made it! (author)Susan Cirigliano2014-09-13


Susan Cirigliano made it! (author)2013-02-25


jodina1111 made it! (author)2012-05-19

Kids LOVE this project!! And adults too!

Lisa Arbolino made it! (author)2012-04-28

Love this project. What a fantastic way to learn while drawing anywhere in the world...... Possibilities combing teaching and art are endless...... Thanks for a great idea!

Treasure Tabby made it! (author)2012-04-25

Wonderful monster. :D

Hehe, I use to do the same thing in grade school, only for circled math answers. I use to make them in to all kinds of creatures which my teacher were none to pleased with. ;D
But then I was always bored in class and felt that we didn't have enough arts and crafts. ;)

flyingfox567 made it! (author)2012-04-25

wow this is really cool. btw, where do you get all the maps? or do you just have a bunch ''laying around''?

Susan Cirigliano made it! (author)Susan Cirigliano2012-04-25

Well I'll tell ya Flyingfox567......people are forever trying to get rid of their treasured National Geographic magazine collections, they subscribe to them, they love them, read them, look at the pictures and then they dont know what to do with them, after many years of collecting... eventually, they give them to rummage sales, garage sales, they donate them where ever possible. Sometimes they will pay you to take them.....I take the maps. National Geographic maps are the best.
and yes, needless to say, I have a bunch of maps laying around waiting for my monsters to crawl out of them!

Barbara Stromberg made it! (author)2012-04-25

A great and fascinating way to use maps!!! This will be educationally stmiulatingand fun for the students AND their teachers. Super!!

Susan Cirigliano made it! (author)Susan Cirigliano2012-04-25

Thank You so much I am pleased that you enjoyed my instructable!!!
Susan B Cirigliano

poofrabbit made it! (author)2012-04-24

Oh I just ADORE these! What a fun fun way to talk about maps! I am thinking of using this in my classroom next year to teach art history. Using your idea, the monster could be made using a technique by the artist to illustrate the area he or she came from. WONDERFUL idea! I am also going to share with with my colleagues!

poofrabbit made it! (author)poofrabbit2012-04-24

BTW, have you ever thought of making this idea into a book? I could see these used as rich illustrations to teach a lesson about a region, perhaps filled with facts, but the "monster" of the area could be telling the story. Again well done!

somewhiteguy made it! (author)2012-04-24

Absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait to do this with my daughter. She loves to color.

Susan Cirigliano made it! (author)Susan Cirigliano2012-04-24

Wow Thanks, glad you like it

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