Sep 7 16

Maps as a graduation gift

by James Carroll

Have you ever thought what you could buy for a student who has just graduated from college or university? If not, then Maps International are here to show you our top 5 map products that are perfect for graduation gifts!

We will be including products associated with travelling and personalisation, so we can give you the opportunity to never forget about this great achievement.

1. World Scratch Map

This product would be a great graduation gift for someone who has decided to have some time off and would like to go and explore! After all the hard work, they will be able to jet off and use their scratch map to show everyone where they have been and where the next adventure may be!

Scratch the world - Graduation Gift

Scratch the world

2. Personalised World Is Art Map

This can be bought for someone who wants the opportunity to reminisce about travels and future trips, but with more of a personalised touch. This map gives you the opportunity to personalise the colour, title and subtitle to give you that stylish look that will suit most room schemes.

Personalised World Is Art Map - Graduation Gift

Personalised World Is Art Map

3. Personalised World Travel Map

If you are looking for a different personalised map, then look no further than this world travel map. This map also lets you enter a title, sub title and choose your map colour. Because of this you will be able to make this unique to the person and their achievements.

Personalised World Travel Map - Graduation Gift

Personalised World Travel Map

4. Personalised Postcode Wall Map

The personalised postcode wall map would be a great gift for a student who would like to remember the university they once attended. You can choose the central location to be any postcode in Great Britain, can enter titles, boarders and choose from a range of colours to give it your own personal touch and make it even more special.

Personalised Postcode Wall Map - Graduation Gift

Personalised Postcode Wall Map

5. Backpacking South East Asia Map Print

It’s becoming popular with graduates to go backpacking across South East Asia after their studies.  Ideal for that adventurous person who is planning to or has already taken a trip to South East Asia. This map loosely depicts the general route a backpacker may take through the area, showing the coordinates of some of the key spots they may visit in order to get the most out of their trip!

Backpacking South East Asia Map Print - Graduation Gift

Backpacking South East Asia Map Print

To find out more about these products and other gifts we offer, visit our website MapsInternational.co.uk.

Sep 2 16

How maps can be used for curriculum subjects

by James Carroll

For the 2016/17 academic year, we have decided to highlight the key areas of this year’s curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils. We will also be showing you our range of educational wall maps while at the same time explaining some generally recognised themes such as World War II, the Saxons & the Vikings and Ancient Egypt & the Aztecs.

Maps can be a great way to teach children about the world they live in as they are bold and brightly coloured enabling each country to be easily identified, look great in classrooms or bedrooms and can be incorporated into tasks or even a game! Below we will also be showing our maps which identify continents, countries, oceans and different geographical information.

Primary Political Wall Map

Primary Political Wall Map

World War II

A very important and highly recognised theme for curriculums is World War II. Our Children’s political map of Europe can be an ideal reference point in explaining historical moments in time such as the German occupation.

The Saxons & the Vikings

The Saxons and the Vikings were also highly recognised theme for this year curriculums. Perfect maps to use for this period of time would be the Children’s political map of Europe and the Children’s political map of Britain. This is because pupils can learn the story of the Saxons & the Vikings travelling from Europe, be given activities on why exactly they came to Britain and where they decided to settle.

Primary Europe Wall Map (political)

Primary Europe Wall Map (political)

The Europe political map can help pupils gain a better understanding of geography in Europe.  With the British map, classes can go further into detail and show the pupils exact locations of the settlement.

Primary UK wall map (political)

Primary UK wall map (political)

Ancient Egypt & the Aztecs

Another highly recommended theme for curriculums is Ancient Egypt & the Aztecs. A perfect map for this would be the primary political world wall map. This map can give an indication of the Aztecs migration, where they travelled and where their final destination was after the migration period.

Large Primary World Wall Map (political)

Large Primary World Wall Map (political)

Teachers will be able to show pupils what countries they travelled to, flags associated with each country and see how they travelled overseas to different continents all that time ago.

Overall, maps can be used for many historic events such as the ones above, other subjects and famous people in the curriculum such as:

- The Victorians

- The Tudors

- Ancient Rome & Celts

- Ancient Greece

- The great fire of London and

- Medieval Kingdoms.

To find out more information on our detailed range of educational wall maps visit www.mapsinternational.co.uk

Aug 30 16

New York Prints to Celebrate your City Break

by James Carroll

Carrying on from the Reliving the Ultimate Summer City Break blog, we have decided to concentrate a little more on a very exciting location.

Are you looking for somewhere to go on your next holiday? Can you not decide what your next destination will be?

Then Maps International is here to give you some inspiration! If you are a city lover and looking for an action packed trip, then look no further than New York City.

New York City Street Map

New York City Street Map

This city offers many different attractions for adults and the children, including Times Square, One World Trade Centre, Central Park, Empire State Building and many more. New York City is a vibrant city with a lot going on. You will never get bored!

But if you believe this is your dream destination, don’t forget to travel light because NYC is a shopper’s dream with many different outlets all around the Manhattan area.

So ,if you choose to go to this wonderful city then why don’t you remember your special and memorable experience by purchasing a memento for yourself, family or even for a friend?

When you get back from your trip, you will be able to use our map as a great picture on your wall to see where you spent your favourite moments.

New York City Street Map

New York City Street Map

This New York City Street Map has been designed as a minimal yet stylish print. The map includes the street grid of lower Manhattan. Parks, highways, tunnels and bridges are also featured.

Available in a choice of 4 colours.

To find out more, visit our website and our New York City Street Map.

Aug 11 16

Football Fan’s Map gets redesigned for new season

by James Carroll

As the new Football League season and the new Premier League season is fast approaching, Maps International have decided to re-launch their Football Fan’s Stadium Map.

This map is the perfect gift for all football fans, and its bright colours look great in a child’s bedroom, playrooms and even in classrooms!

Football Fan’s Stadium Map

Football Fan’s Stadium Map

The map shows the location of stadiums of all the Premier League, Championship, League One and Two clubs plus the Scottish Premiership and Championship stadiums.

A close up of the map

A close up of the map

Fully updated for the 2016/17 season, plus UK national stadiums are also shown such as Wembley Stadium and Hampden Park.

Football Fan's Stadium Map

A close up of all the London teams

To find out more, visit our website and the new Football fan’s Stadium Map.

Jun 30 16

Look at our NEW Mythical Monster Map!

by Melissa Duffin

Have you seen our latest addition to the ‘Kids Maps’ range?! It’s pretty scary…

Introducing, the MYTHICAL MONSTER MAP!!

Mythical Monster Map

Mythical Monster Map

This amazing map shows FORTY-FIVE incredible looking monsters from all over the world!

There are descriptions of the monsters country of origin and their monster characteristics…

Description of monsters

Description of monsters

This cool monster poster is perfect for those who love monsters and makes a perfect wall print. It also provides material for late night story-telling!

Close-up of Mythical Monster Map

Close-up of Mythical Monster Map

This map is available in print and option wood frame.

Jun 21 16

Reliving the Ultimate Summer City Break

by Melissa Duffin

Beach holidays aren’t for everyone, and we think we’ve nailed the ultimate collection of keepsakes for the urban explorer.

Whether you’re planning an action-packed city break this summer, or want to reminisce on an urban adventure already taken, our stunning selection of city map prints and canvases has something to suit all tastes, from eye-catching watercolours to slick street maps. Perfect for taking pride of place in homes and offices everywhere! Hang these products in a chic frame or make a bold statement with a full feature wall.

London

London

London

The UK’s iconic capital city is a hub of diversity and culture, and visitors to the city often find much more than they bargained for, in addition to its best-loved landmarks such as Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column.

Paris

Paris

Paris

Few cities are as instantly recognisable as Paris, and landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe, Moulin Rouge and Notre Dame Cathedral make a visit to this unforgettable city a must for any travel enthusiast.

Straw Rome City Street Map Print

Straw Rome City Street Map Print

Rome

Italy’s capital is steeped in almost 3000 years of art, architecture and culture. Ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum reflect the full power of the Roman Empire, while Vatican City plays host to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

New York

New York

NYC

The city that never sleeps is a vibrant centre for culture, fashion and finance, as well as boasting some of the most striking skyscrapers in the world, including the Empire State Building (and let’s not forget the Statue of Liberty).

Each of the city prints and canvas products in this unique range are available in various sizes and finishes, with the street map prints also featuring various colour options and the option to frame. Our full range of city skylines also includes options for Sydney, Berlin, Moscow and Venice.

All of these products are available to order now, for UK and international delivery from mapsinternational.co.uk

Jun 13 16

Back to School – Key-stage appropriate maps to bring geography to life

by Melissa Duffin

In preparation for the 2016/17 academic year, we’re highlighting our detailed range of educational wall maps that provide an interactive, visual learning experience for pupils of all ages.

The UK National Curriculum reflects the importance of high-quality geographical education that inspires in pupils a fascination with the world and its inhabitants from the very beginning. Teachers are required to equip students with a diverse knowledge of people, places, resources and environments, and how the world’s landscapes are formed.

Upside down map of the world

Upside down map of the world

Discovering the world we live in: Key-stage 1-2

At key stage 1 and 2, children begin to develop their knowledge of the world’s continents and oceans, learn how to locate and identify the characteristics of globally significant places, and how to interpret a range of geographical information, including maps and atlases. Our selection of primary maps features bold colours and large, clear fonts to capture and retain the interest and understanding of children in this age group.

Primary UK Wall Map

Primary UK Wall Map

Exploring new terrains: Key-stage 3

At key stage 3, pupils expand their geographical knowledge and deepen their awareness of the world’s countries and terrains, with increased focus on environmental regions, how they differ, and the physical characteristics of different countries and major cities. Pupils are also encouraged to apply their knowledge of maps to both classroom and field work.

Environmental Map of the World

Environmental Map of the World

The detail on our range of political and environmental wall maps perfectly represents the diversity of the world’s terrain, including tundra, forests and deserts. The maps are also shaded to highlight mountains and marine environments. This level of detail makes these large maps ideal for mounting on classroom walls. Our maps can also be laminated for a wipe-clean finish suitable for use with board markers.

As always, these products are designed and printed by our specialist cartographers and are available in a variety of size and finishing options, as well as the option to frame. Teachers can also purchase these maps in bundles.

This detailed range of interactive, educational wall maps for all key-stages are available to order now from mapsinternational.co.uk

May 26 16

Summer crafts and activities to get kids excited about the school holidays

by Melissa Duffin

Doodle World Map with Crayons

Doodle World Map with Crayons

It’s almost time for schools to ring the bell for the summer holidays. Whether you’ve got a big family adventure planned for the holidays, or just worried about how you’re going to entertain the kids during the inevitable rainy British summer days to come, these global-themed crafts and activities will keep them occupied, whilst inspiring a love of travel and a fascination with the world around them.

Illustrated Trivia World Map

Illustrated Trivia World Map

Printed World Maps

Illustrated Trivia World Map - £25

Did you know that every year the Netherlands sends 20,000 tulip bulbs to Canada to thank them for their help in World War II?

This uniquely illustrated world map is packed with fun facts and trivia to teach children about the world we live in. A great opportunity for them to learn a little about their summer holiday destination and develop their interest in travel.

Doodle World Map with crayons - £25

Ideal for mini-creatives and budding artists to make their mark on the world early. Aimed at younger children, this clear and easy to read map is a colouring project that will last all summer and is a way to discuss geography with children in a fun and interactive way.

Craft Kits

Craft Kits

World Map Craft Kits

Suitable for children 8+

Origami World Map Kit - £14.99

One for the animal lovers! This is a kit for both children and adults to get stuck into together. It comes with materials and instructions for eight different origami animals to create and stick to the world map provided.

London 3D Model Map Kit - £14.99

Planning a family city break? This fun and interactive craft kit lets children learn about some of London’s most famous landmarks whilst building their very own city. The kit also includes a colourful street map of London.

Make Your Own Globes Kit - £14.99

Build two beautiful globes to sit on a desk or in a bedroom. Kids can colour and build their own 3D version of the world and explore the planet. Includes a classic globe map and also a star globe showing the different constellations in the night sky.

Paper crafts have been loved for generations and this great range of interactive kits has been designed with the aim of inspiring childrens’ interest in the world around them. Video instructions for these kits are also available on the Maps International Youtube Channel.

May 23 16

Our Blue Ocean Map Mural stars in MasterCard Advert

by Melissa Duffin

Our popular Blue Ocean Giant World Map Mural has recently been featured as a starring role in MasterCard’s advert!

Giant Blue Ocean Map Mural

Giant Blue Ocean Map Mural

Giant Blue Ocean Map Mural

Giant Blue Ocean Map Mural

Close-up of Blue Ocean Map Mural

Close-up of Blue Ocean Map Mural

Like this map mural? Treat yourself to one here!

Giant World Map Mural - Blue Ocean

Giant World Map Mural - Blue Ocean

May 23 16

Small business Sunday Winner!

by Melissa Duffin

Small Business Sunday - winner's badge

Small Business Sunday - winner's badge

Last week, our company was chosen as a Small business Sunday (SBS) winner by Dragons Den’s Theo Paphitis!

Small business Sunday is an initiative set up by Theo Paphitis in order to give small businesses extra exposure through his Twitter page and his SBS website. His vision is that every business who has been a SBS winner becomes part of a friendly club of small business partners where tips and stories can be shared.

Each week, Theo rewards businesses who tweet him on a Sunday between 5-7.30 with a short description of their business by choosing 5 winners and retweeting their tweet to his 450,000 followers, providing a massive boost.

See our page live on the SBS website here!