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From the creators of Awesome Maps: The world's first interactive & hand-illustrated kids' map—made to inspire little explorers! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on May 8, 2014.

From the creators of Awesome Maps: The world's first interactive & hand-illustrated kids' map—made to inspire little explorers!

About this project

get your map at www.awesome-maps.com
get your map at www.awesome-maps.com

For any questions, please email: hello@awesome-maps.com 

Before you hear about the kidsmap from us, see what kids have to say:

This is the first interactive analog map for kids, combining beautiful illustrated stickers with fun flash cards that guide kids through a world of animals, places and cultures.

It can be used as a simple sticker map, or combined with our flash cards to create a full-on geography game!

The Base

This is where the exploring starts! We begin with a super simple - but beautiful - map base, showing continents, deserts, and major mountain ranges. There’s plenty to explore, but not so much that it’s overwhelming.

The base will be 97,5 cm (38 inches) x 56 cm (22 inches) in size
The base will be 97,5 cm (38 inches) x 56 cm (22 inches) in size

The Stickers

The stickers are what make this map awesome - because this is where you come in! Our backers (you!) will vote on which sweet discoveries that become one of the 140 stickers on our map (final number of stickers can slightly change due to printing setup), from natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, to the animals that roam the Serengeti.

It's a Map! It's a Game! Our Awesome Cards Make It Both!

With our companion quiz cards - available in English and German - we've created a series of simple, fun exploration games to keep you and your kids playing for hours.

You get the sense that this is how early explorers felt, pulling their maps down from the wall and charting their next expedition into the unknown!

We've teamed up with some professional game designers to create a few engaging geography games that can be played with a group or one-on-one.

We can’t make this map alone. We’ve made a few stickers to test the maps with kids and parents, but we don’t just want a map of our favorite things. We want to hear from you! Your ideas will be illustrated and become part of the kidsmap!

What was that one thing you learned about as a kid that sparked your desire to travel? What would you have loved to know about when you were little? 

All backers can share their ideas on our comments page. Once the campaign closes, we'll put them to a vote!
All backers can share their ideas on our comments page. Once the campaign closes, we'll put them to a vote!

We took our maps back to the drawing board for the kidsmap - from simplified illustrations to different sticker types and levels of interactivity.

We've put a ton of thought into this map, and want to tell you a bit more about the materials used:

We've also gone the extra mile to get this map certified for child safety by an independent lab in Germany. As always, our kidsmap will be Made in Germany of the best available materials.

The kidsmap is fun to play and even though kids won't recognize it, they will learn a lot about our beautiful planet, including:

  • Basic geography like continents, deserts, mountain ranges, and ecosystems 
  • Highlights of each continent (and some lesser known treasures) 
  • Habitats of animals 
  • Location and significance of monuments
  • A little history
  • And, of course, how sweet it'll be to visit all these newly discovered places!
 

 Availability

We have opted to get this map certified as an expression of our commitment to making our products safe for your children. However, each country has unique labeling requirements and testing procedures. Because of the variety of requirements, we are only able to ship to addresses located in the following countries (which we hope will cover most of our prospective backers). Please only pledge if your shipping address is located in one of the countries below. If we have to cancel your order after the close of the campaign, we will refund 75% of your pledge (which accounts for Kickstarter, Amazon and all our fees, which we can’t reverse). 

  • European Union member countries
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Singapore
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Chile

We're not newcomers to mapmaking. We can honestly say we've sourced the world's best materials for this map, and we're proud of the product we're creating (and so jazzed to make it with you!).

In printing, the minimum order quantities are fairly high, which makes a high initial investment when launching any new product. All maps are made in Germany and we pride ourselves only using the highest quality materials and printers. Once you hold your map in your hands, you will see what we mean.

This is what we printed for the last campaign
This is what we printed for the last campaign

We love our planet so we try to produce as little waste as possible. We use paper instead of plastic in all our packaging, and all of our tubes, stickers, and labels are custom-made for our maps and eco-friendly.

Let's get this voyage underway! We promise to work just as hard as last time

Hopefully my apartment will look like this again!
Hopefully my apartment will look like this again!

Risks and challenges

Awesome Maps has made and shipped thousands of maps, and we already have a successful Kickstarter campaign under our belt, fully delivered with only a few weeks of delay. We know what it takes, how long it takes and we know how to get it done.

There are, however, some possible risks:

You've probably figured out by now that this map contains small parts, but for clarity: Warning! Choking Hazard! Not for children under 3 years.

Supplies: We have skimmed through 50+ printing and sticker materials and found only one sticker that we really love. If our supplier were to go out of business, we'd have a problem. But, one must ask, could a company making such awesome stickers really go out of business? If so, we've already secured the right to purchase enough sheets to deliver this campaign's rewards - so it shouldn't pose a problem.

Certification: Certification is tough, but we think it's important that you know your kids are safe playing with our products. To get that final seal of approval, we need to provide the certification agencies with a FINAL product (no samples), which means that if the final product fails to pass testing, we have to reprint EVERYTHING, delaying delivery.

We've done our homework and have guarantees from our printer. If the worst happens, we'll print everything again!

Fulfillment Troubles: No such thing! Lars and I personally rolled and packed over 3,000 maps for our last campaign. It took us 2 weeks of full time work, but we made it happen. We love our maps, and we want them in your hands and on your walls!

With our last campaign we did find that a few wayward maps got lost on the way to their loving homes. We experienced delivery issues with < 1% of shipments, and as of now we've rectified (almost) every issue.

Gamma-Ray Burst: Gamma-ray bursts from near-Earth supernova are an ever-present threat, to life on this planet and to our project. Among its other effects, such an event would likely cause a mass extinction that would make our animal illustrations immediately outdated. We're prepared to revise our illustrations accordingly.

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FAQ

  • Visit us at awesome-maps.com to order the kidsmap or any of our awesome maps, including the snowtripmap, surftripmap, and the Kickstarter-funded bucketlistmap.

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  • Once you're a backer, you'll be able to share your ideas with us in the project comments. We're looking for distant, fascinating places, animals, natural wonders - anything that reignites that sense of childlike wonder.

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  • Shoot us a message! If we hear from enough people, we might be able to add another country or regional certification.

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  • After the close of the campaign, we will transfer everyone’s information to BackerKit to manage your pledges, make any corrections, and ensure speedy fulfillment. At that time you’ll have the opportunity to add individual items, additional maps, or upgrades to your reward. For now, simply choose the reward level that most closely matches your desired items.

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Rewards

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    Pledge $1 or more

    24 backers Limited (1 left of 25)

    THE LITTLE LEIF ERICSON || Pay what you wish for this limited early bird reward. You'll get 1 kidsmap base and 1 full set of hand-illustrated, crowd-nominated stickers (a $35 retail value).

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $1 or more

    22 backers

    THE WORTHY SEAMAN || No room for another map in your quarters? Never fear! Back at this reward level to get updates about the project and help choose which people, places, and things capture the imagination of our next-generation explorers. Help spread the word and we'll throw in a year's supply of excellent karma from us!

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    Pledge $25 or more

    5 backers

    THE SHIVERING SHACKLETON JR || Go where no (wo)man has gone before with our set of 140 deluxe, non-toxic, hand-illustrated flash cards. The subjects will be voted on by you, the backers!

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    19 backers

    THE MINI MAGELLAN || Chart your own course with 1 hand-illustrated kidsmap base + sticker set.

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    Pledge $55 or more

    115 backers

    THE CURIOUS COLUMBUS || Get everything you need to circumnavigate the globe! At this level you'll get the full set: 1 kidsmap base + 1 sticker set + 1 flash card set.

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    Pledge $89 or more

    31 backers

    THE EAGER EDMUND HILLARY || Double your chances of reaching the summit with everything in the Curious Columbus x2. 2 kidsmap bases + 2 sticker sets + 2 flash card sets.

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    Pledge $119 or more

    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    THE ZEN XUANG ZANG || This is your chance to pick one item that every backer's kids will learn about. You'll get 1 kidsmap base + 1 sticker set + 1 flash card set + you'll choose one item that is guaranteed to make it into everyone's map.

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    Pledge $149 or more

    4 backers

    THE FLEDGLING FRANCIS DRAKE || Personalize your journey with a custom, hand-illustrated sticker. Our illustrator, Lars, will turn one of your treasured travel pictures into a hand-drawn sticker which you can place on your map. Reward includes 1 kidsmap base + 1 sticker set + 1 flashcard set + 3 prints of your custom sticker + digital copy.

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    Pledge $160 or more

    4 backers

    THE AWESOME AMUNDSEN || Display your map in style between playtimes with Stiicks. We've teamed up with a fellow Kickstarter project to offer a set of magnetic Stiicks frames with our map. You'll get 2 kidsmap bases + 2 sticker sets + 2 flash card sets + 1 set of Stiicks frames.

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    Pledge $250 or more

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    THE MISCHIEVOUS MARCO POLO || A great reward for far-flung families, or world travelers eager to share their adventures with the kids in their lives. You'll get everything from the Eater Edmund Hillary + 3 custom-illustrated stickers, which can have custom shapes up to 100mm. You'll get 3 prints of each sticker and digital copies.

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    0 backers

    THE CLASSROOM CARTOGRAPHER || Let's make it a party! At this level you'll be able to spread the wanderlust far and wide. You get 10 full sets of maps, stickers, and cards. In addition, you'll get 10 blank worldmaps, with illustrated oceans and country outlines, so each tiny traveler can map the world according to their passion!

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    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    THE VALIANT VALENTINA TERESHKOVA || For a truly out-of-this-world experience, we'll customize everything! You'll get 5 custom-illustrated stickers, with 5 custom flash cards that will include facts and clues about your custom items. You'll also be able to customize the map base (e.g. with a family name), and get a set of inscribed Stiicks to mount them. All this is in addition to the base, sticker and flash card set.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    THE JUMPING JAMES CAMERON || If you're ready for a life-altering experience, hop aboard for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Easter Island! We'll cover all expenses to and from Santiago, Chile, including 4 days of activities, food, and camping. We'll be your guides through the sites of the most remote inhabited island on earth, and our awesome videographer will produce a professional, 2-minute video to commemorate your journey. You'll also get everything from the Awesome Amundsen, as well as custom illustrations and stickers from your trip. (Reward includes everything for 2)

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Funding period

- (30 days)