First, hold the compass flat in your hand. Make sure it is level and not tilted.
Look for the red needle. This is the needle that always points towards the North.
Notice the numbers around the edge of the compass. These are called degrees. North is at 0 degrees, East is at 90 degrees, South is at 180 degrees, and West is at 270 degrees.
To find a direction, point the compass in the direction you want to go. For example, if you want to go East, point the compass towards the 90 degree mark.
Follow the direction you want to go. Keep the compass level and steady in your hand.
If you get lost and want to go back to where you started, you can use the compass to find your way back. Just find the North direction and head towards it.
Tips for using a compass:
- Always keep the compass level and steady in your hand.
- Stay away from metal objects, such as a car, a zipper, or a watch, when using a compass. They can affect the needle's accuracy.
- Keep the compass away from electronic devices, such as cell phones, as they also can affect the needle's accuracy
- Remember that a compass points towards the magnetic north, which is different from the true north or geographic north.
Using a compass is a very helpful skill. It can help you find your way when you are lost and can be fun to use when you are exploring the great outdoors. Try it out with a friend or family member and have fun!