My children very much enjoy working with maps, and drawing them benefits them greatly in understanding history, terrain, culture and of course scale. It’s a wonderful way to combine art and mathematics, and careful, diligent work is rewarded with a beautiful product.
Here are some examples from my seven year old.
This one may not look like anything special, but it is a map of our area. Specifically, if you began at our home, all of the signs, turns, and topography (such as bumpy lines for a dirt road) make complete sense in getting the driver into town. I was pretty impressed!
In this assignment from Genesis, we not only mapped out where places were/are (and discussed possible migration routes), but we took the time with colored pencils to correctly color the topography.