My Photo Town

Make running errands a learning experience! The next time you and your little one are out and about, help them take photos of buildings and other subjects of interest (e.g. signs, trees, statues, animals, etc.).

Follow the simple directions below to make a map of your neighborhood. This project will engage your child visually, while also helping them remember their surroundings. It is great for developing language, directions, and color skills. You can also make this craft into a full-day activity by exploring your town on foot!


  • Scissors
  • Foam Board
  • Colored cardstock
  • Tape or glue
  • Painters tape
  • Optional: marker (for road lines)
  • Optional: miniature cars


  1. Take photos of your town. Print the photos off.
  2. Using painters tape, make roads on the foam board that resemble your town. (Optional: draw dashes in the middle of the tape to make it look like lane lines.)
  3. Decide where your photos will go, according to where the images are in real life, like a map.
  4. Cut out squares from the colored cardstock, just bigger than your photos. Paste the squares on the foam board where your photos will go.
  5. Paste your photos on top of the squares.
  6. Have your child navigate you through the town and recall their favorite memory from each photo. (Optional: use a miniature car to navigate through the town!)