Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Geography Fun with a Salt Dough Map

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This is a WONDERUL hands on way to teach kids a little geography! It would be wonderful for a USA study, Geography, or Westward Expansion Unit (like we did above – note the black line that shows the Oregon Trail Route)
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We started with a basic Salt Dough recipe of 3/4 cup salt, 1 and 1/4  cup flour, and 1/2 cup water.  This seemed to be the right consistency, made enough ‘dough’ and only needed to dry about 48-72 hours before it was ready to paint.
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The hardest part for younger kids is getting the shape right. We printed out a map with different colored elevations and put that on a piece of cardboard. We then put our salt dough directly on top of the map. It worked GREAT!
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Then we colored our map by elevation. You might want to reprint your original map as a guide. We did some paint mixing to get a variety of different shades. We added some major rivers, surrounding countries (in white so as not to distract from the subject mater) and adjacent oceans.
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Here is our finished map. Goofy (and Mommy) is so proud of it! And he amazes me at how much he remembers of the details (mountains, rivers, oceans) he added. He even remembers the family vacation I pointed out for him on the map!  I definitely recommend making your own Salt Dough Map!
As always, I appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment if this was helpful =-)

7 comments:

  1. Very nice...and fun! We will have to do this as well!

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  2. Very nice...and fun! We will have to do this as well!

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  3. The map looks great!
    Thank you! You've motivated us to try this.

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  4. Oh wow! My daughter is way too young for this right now and it will be a while before we start doing geography, but I'm definitely filing this away in my must do box. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  5. This is awesome! I need to do this with my kids... they love to paint and I know they would have fun learning geography like this! TFS!!

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  6. this looks great! What a wonderful "hands-on" learning experience. Renee

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  7. i will definetly show this to my grandson and we both will do it together his 5 yrs and is into all this reading ,writing n drawing, he love's all kind of things like this!

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