So, we’ve been working on salt dough maps over the last week. Everyone should do this at least once. I mean why just draw or color a map when you can build one and paint one? It makes a tidy mess and a pot to wash and when it’s all done you get to store it somehow until the social studies fair or you can’t stand it any more. Whichever comes first. I highly recommend it.
The first step is to draw an outline of your map or country or whatever onto a piece of cardboard. The kids draw the shape of their country onto a thin piece of cardboard. I mix up the dough according to the directions and let the kids cover their areas first. Then they consult the map and try to match the topographical information with their sculpting skills. Once it has been built up we add toothpick paper labels and set them aside to dry. Once good and dry (think 48 hours), you can paint on top. Then are you all set! Make sure the supplies get put away!