WonderMaps, a product of Bright Ideas Press, is an incredible product that will add so much to our map work. This software includes more than 350 maps in 4 different categories:
- World maps - 60+ maps of continents, regions, and nations
- United States maps - 60+ maps of states and regions
- Historical maps - 125 maps, including 25 biblical maps, featuring maps from The Ancients, The Middle Ages, The Renaissance and Reformation, and Revolutions to Modern Times
- Thematic maps - Explorers, American History, Chinese Dynasties, and more
One of the best features of WonderMaps is that you can customize the maps by deciding which layers to use. Each map has a variety of layers that you can turn on and off, including:
- Latitude and longitude lines
- Country borders
- Country names
- City/town locations
- City/town names
- Topography in color or black/white
- Historical boundaries for historical maps
- And much more!
First, we're studying about Joseph in our Bible study. One of the historical maps is of Joseph and his brothers. I printed the map with just the cities labeled and had the older kids draw the journeys of Joseph and his brothers to match the key on the map.
I can't wait to do similar things with the historical maps as we continue through our study of Rome to the Reformation in history and as we study through the Bible.
I printed out some continent maps with just country outlines for the kids to color/label depending on their ability level.
I also am teaching a world geography class in our homeschool co-op this year. These maps will be very helpful tools for this class.
WonderMaps will work on both PC and Mac and requires Adobe Flash Player 9.1, which is a free download.
WonderMaps can be purchased at Timberdoodle for $44.95, a great price for everything you can do with this software.
If you are interested in other hands-on geography or geography puzzles, you should definitely check out Timberdoodle. Check out their Facebook page or request a free catalog.
Review disclosure: As a member of Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team, I received a complimentary copy of WonderMaps in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.