How a World Map Wall in This Kids’ Room Brought a Family Closer Together
The Importance of the World Map Wallpaper
“In our sons’ shared bedroom, there is a map wall that I installed when our firstborn was about 4 or 5 years old,” Blake writes. “Being a military family, the hubby was always deployed in war zones, so the map wall was a way to incorporate him into our daily activities, like bedtime. We’d look at the map and point to where he was (if we knew that information) and say ‘goodnight, Dada.’”
Blake didn’t want their Dada (which the family lovingly refers to him as) to “become an abstract concept.” Unfortunately, at the time, phone calls weren’t always reliable — especially before video chatting services became widespread. So, she found the traditional map wallpaper from York Wallcoverings (unfortunately, this version is unavailable) and had it professionally installed.
“This world map enabled Dada to be there for bedtime routines, for morning routines, or just whenever we wanted to go and randomly ‘visit’ Dada,” Blake shares.
The map also piqued the kids’ attention. Blake remembers fondly when Zion was younger and pointed at the Pacific Ocean and exclaimed that it was the beach. To this day, her oldest child still enjoys talking about different geographical locations.
Luckily, their Dada can be home full-time now, but the map still holds its magic. “They use the map for many fun activities, to find places they may be learning about in school, brush up on their geographical skills, brainstorm places we should visit, etcetera,” Blake shares.
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