When my son was in 5th grade studying the US, the teacher had them do maps of the US in string art. He drew an outline of the US and his assigned state with pencil on black posterboard. The colored threads radiated from his state's capitol to the outline of the map. He enjoyed the process so much he did string art the following year when he studied So. Amer. They both turned out beautiful. I can still picture the So. American one in my head, and it was 20 years ago!
Susan in OR