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Geography Fun with a Salt Dough Map

Geography will come alive to kids as they create their very own salt dough map and learn about the terrains, mountains, rivers, and more with this fun, hands on activity for kids of all ages!
Kids will have fun learning about geography, history, battlefields, and more with this fun, simple-to-make salt dough map for kids (homeschool, history project)

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Geography Fun with a Salt Dough Map

This is a WONDERUL hands on way to teach kids a little geography! It would be wonderful for a US States for Kids , Geography, or Westward Expansion Unit (like we did above – note the black line that shows the Oregon Trail Route)

Geography Fun with a Salt Dough Map

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!

painting salt dough map

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!

 

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Beth is also the creator of www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com where she shares Kindergarten spedicif worksheets,& educational ideas.

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