Put a compass in their heads

This weekend, Tinkergarten shares with us this awesome activity for teaching kids navigation.





  • Ages: 2+
  • Time: an hour or more
  • Materials: could include: camera, sketch pad and pencils, paints, digital recorder, or more.
  • # of kids: 1 or more
  • View this activity on tinkergarten.com

Why teach navigation skills when kids are young?

  • When kids practice identifying where they are, where they are going and where they’ve been, they build key skills including the ability to attend to and notice their surroundings. This ability to focus one’s attention is a skill closely tied with success in school and in life.
  • Kids also practice ways to tag and remember information about the environment, increasing both the strength and flexibility of their memory.
  • Kids are both thrilled and proud about finding their own way. Such a serious boost to kids’ confidence and self esteem increases the likelihood that they will take on other challenges as they grow.
  • When they practice navigating in a natural setting, kids develop basic orienteering skills that are critical for exploring new spaces, both in nature and back in the neighborhood.

For more information visit Tinkergarten.