Navigating Map the World

Travelzoo’s Map the World is designed to inspire children to learn about the world in which they live. The design elements have been specifically tailored for children ages 5 to 11. However, each puzzle offers varying degrees of difficulty to keep all audiences – adults and children alike – stimulated and engaged. The app also features a stopwatch to encourage players to try and beat past scores.

Tips on how to use

  • For younger children, it is best to have them try the easier puzzles first, to spark their interest and encourage ongoing development. We recommend beginning with the Canada, South America, Central America and Australasia puzzles.
  • Encourage your child to seek out larger puzzle pieces first because they are easier to place and free up the board.
  • Tilt your iPad when you need to separate puzzle pieces, or move them away from the corners of the board.
  • See if your child can beat his or her past scores, or the scores of siblings as a way to encourage learning through repetition.
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Bring the world to life

Map the World offers an ideal opportunity to bring the world to life for your child as you explore the puzzles together. During your conversations, consider simple tricks to personalize the experience for your child, including:
  • Discuss and show where your child lives in relation to the rest of the world. Include references about friends and relatives, where they live, or where they were originally from.
  • Contextualize the puzzles based on your child’s pre-existing knowledge. For instance:
    • "You can find penguins in Antarctica"
    • "Most lions live south of the Sahara Desert in Africa"
    • "The state of Massachusetts is where the Pilgrims first settled"
    • "England is part of the United Kingdom, along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland"
    • "Many European countries like France, Italy, Poland and Finland, elect presidents, like the United States of America"
    • "Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on earth, sits on the border between China and Nepal"