I gave him a piece of regular sized brown construction paper which represents his piece of land. He also was give a chart that stated what things he needed to fit on his land. It gave the measurements for each object so he could measure them and then cut them out.
This his finished map. He liked it so much I am thinking next week we might do a zoo, amusement park, or shopping mall.
He needed to write the name of each object, the perimeter, and the area on the rectangle. He also chose to make a small picture to identify the object. When he had cut out all the objects he arranged them on the paper (his land) and glued them down when he was satisfied with their locations.
He did all this pretty independently except I did kind of tell him it might be a problem if he placed his vegetable garden too far from his house and barn. Although I am sure the animals would appreciate it!
If you would like to use the instructions I made for Tyler for this activity you can get them here:
Build Your Own Homestead