Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Shower curtain world map for write-on prayers

I was thinking about how the children love using the globes and world map to pray for the world and wondering how I could make something big enough for everyone to use at the same time.

As I was walking round the pound shop I found a shower curtain and remembered the days of teaching when, if we wanted a really big image, we'd project it onto the wall with an overhead projector.


I taped the shower curtain to the wall, made an OHP transparency of a world map outline and projected the map onto the curtain.  In hindsight it would have been much easier if I hadn't taped the quite thin curtain onto a wall with a mural on it.  It got quite confusing when trying to work out what was a line on the map and what was part of Noah's Ark underneath!

After about 20 minutes, I'd traced the outline onto the sheet with a permanent marker and it was much bigger than the biggest map we'd used for praying with up to now, though I am a little bit concerned that I might have invented a country or two along the way!  The laminated map is A3, which shows the proportions.  

I tested it out and you can write over the map using whiteboard markers and then rub them off with a damp cloth and the permanent marker stays! The children love using the graffiti board and now they have a massive version for their world prayers! Not only is it reusable, but it also folds down quite small after use.  On reflection I'd buy a slightly more expensive, sturdier curtain next time, but for a trial run, it's not bad!!

We're going to use this in the next few weeks to write our prayers for the world and for the coming of God's Kingdom.


  1. I just bought a shower curtain with the world map on it. Can't wait to use this idea! We are starting a church-wide series on prayer around the book The Circle Maker and I have pinned several of your prayer station ideas to use with our kids. Thanks so much for so many GREAT ideas!

    1. Brilliant! Please let me know how it goes- it's great to keep in touch with people who are using the ideas :-) x