Salt dough maps are a classic homeschool project that have become a staple for us as we studied world history this year. They are a creative and hands-on way to explore geography, but they are also incredibly simple to make with things you already have at home!
You will need:
- A cardboard scrap for your map base. (I find that the flaps of a medium sized cardboard shipping box are just about the perfect size.)
- A traceable template of your country or continent (template linked below)
- A relief map to refer to when shaping and painting the dried dough
- 2 Cups of flour
- 1 Cup of salt
- 1 Cup of warm water
- Blue, green and tan paint
4.) Once your masterpiece is complete, the maps can be laid in a safe place to dry for 24-48 hours. If you want to speed up the process, you can place it on a cookie sheet inside an 200 degree oven for 2-3 hours.
5.) When the dough has hardened, you’re ready to paint! I like washable tempura paints for this part. When you are finished, use a black felt tip pen to label your map.
Once you try this you’ll want to make more! I hope you have found a little beauty to inspire and encourage you as you homeschool well today!
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