Friday, 8 April 2016

Making a Salt Dough Map

We are doing a project on Egypt and for that project, we are making a salt dough map. The first thing that I needed to do is make salt dough.

I used this recipe:

Salt Dough Recipe

1/4 cup of salt
1/4 cup of water
1/2 cup of flour

You can tweak the amounts to suit the size of the map you are making. As you can see here, you need equal amounts of water and salt and you double the amount of flour.

Mix the flour and salt together and slowly add in the water. You might not need all of the water. You want the dough to be dry. If it gets sticky add more flour. Knead the dough and you are ready to make your salt dough map.

To make the map, I printed off a blank map of Egypt which I found here. We cut it out to place on a piece of cardboard. We traced the outline of the paper map on the cardboard.

We took the dough and pressed it into the outline on the cardboard. You can either paint the map in different colours to show the different levels of elevation, or you can use the dough to make a 3D map. Before painting the map, you will need to let it dry. Traditionally, salt dough needs three hours in the oven at a low heat. I decided to let it air dry. It can take about two to three days, depending on the thickness of your map.

Salt dough maps are a wonderful way to stimulate learning about a particular country or continent. It encourages visual and kinestetic learners. For auditory learners, you can add in lots of discussion about the shape of the country and other important geography facts.

Here is our finished map. My DD painted the Nile River and we drew a few dots on for the cities. The red dot is Cairo which is the capital of Egypt. It was difficult to paint the Nile River because the paint brush was quite wide and the map was bumpy :-)

This post is part of a Unit Study Roundup on Maps. Several bloggers have written blog posts on other ideas relating to the topic of Maps.

For more fantastic ideas on maps and how to teach them to your child or children, please visit the other bloggers' posts:

Build Excitement for a Disneyland Vacation from Crafty Mama in ME
How Maps Change Case study: Boston's Boundaries over time from Boston Kid Friendly
How Kids Can Create Sketch Maps for the Outdoors from FrogMom
Map Books for Young Explorers from Brain Power Boy
Map Skills for Kids from Schooling a Monkey
Map Books for Children: Intro to Maps from The Jenny Evolution
Continents and Countries Olympic Sort from Planet Smarty Pants
Maps Unit for Preschoolers from Bambini Travel
Free Puzzles to Make Learning the Continents Fun3 from Books and Giggles
Geocaching for Kids from Parenting Chaos
Map Activities for Kids: France, England, Ireland {Printables} from The Natural Homeschool
Travel Maps for Kids from Craft Create Calm
Types of Maps from Soil & Water Conservation District from Something 2 Offer
Around the World Fun for Kids: Exploring Architecture from Artsy Momma
Using Maps as an Idea for Art Projects from Our Daily Craft

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