Here are a great posting and detailed instructions regarding an educational project for children by Susan Cirigliano. The idea is to combine Geography, reading maps and art – through painting over maps.
“Learning Geography can become more fun when students are encouraged to add an artistic touch. Map Monsters is a wonderful cross-curricular activity that I do with my students that incorporates Geography, or reading maps and visual arts. After learning a particular geographic of an area of the world the children look for monsters hidden along the borders of the countries! Using whatever drawing tools are handy the monsters begin to climb out of the map! “