Friday, September 28, 2012

We are now official members of the Salt Dough Map Club!

Our Salt Dough Map of the World, minus Antartica and Greenland!


I think we had a Montessori school-day this week. The girls woke up and were super interested in doing maps. My youngest brought home an unfinished map of the seven continents from co-op and was intent on finishing it. Well once Madison saw that, she couldn't finish her math work fast enough so that she could do some map work. So I printed one off of Google and gave it to her and they colored and compared and talked about maps for at least an hour.

I then showed them some geographical maps of the world and we talked about them and the seven continents. We talked about some specific characteristics of each continent. They were really interested in peninsulas and pointed out all of the ones they recognized. That's when it hit me and I yielded to the forces that "be" or in this case "were"! :)

I figured it was a great day to do our first salt dough map and why not be adventurous and do it of the world. Yeah sure, I doubted myself some but I figured it couldn't be that hard and creatively speaking, what better time to do such a project than when you actually feel inspired to do it versus attempting it simply because it's on your lesson plan for the day? So we dove in. We went to the dollar store and picked up a poster. We busted up a box from the garage and proceeded to use all of the salt we had on hand and half of the flour! :) It was quite the adventure for us!

Oh did I leave out the fact that we left out Antartica and Greenland? :) I totally forgot to draw them in! So I guess it's sort of a salt dough map of the world...

Thanks to this awesome squidoo lense our venture was made super easy! Enjoy our pics below!!!!


My surprisingly good free-hand drawings
of the world, minus Antartica and Greenland!





Thanks for reading...come back!
Steph.

12 comments:

  1. What a fun map! It was messy and involved paint too! That would get 2 thumbs up from my kiddos!

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    1. It was truly a lot of fun. We did it over the course of two days with drying time. That was not so fun for me with the "Mom can we paint the salt dough map now" for a whole day. :) thank you for stopping by.

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  2. Wow, that turned out super cool! My kids love maps. I may have to try this.

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    1. Great! The squidoo lense that I mentioned has a simple recipe and instructions that were very helpful. Have fun!

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  3. Great job! It's been a long while since we have done one, thanks for the reminder. :)

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  4. You did that free hand? Good lawd that was good!!! I'm impressed. Looks like it was a lot of fun. :)

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  5. Popping over from angelicscalliwags. Thanks for the lovely comment. Can I ask where you got the trays that your daughter is using to write on? They would be so handy in this house! Love the map. Paper mache is one of my favourite mediums to work with. Have a lovely Christmas!

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    1. I actually got those at a cloesout store in our area called Big Lots. They may be everywhere, I don't know but that's where I got them from. We have upright desks also but sometimes we want to do school in the living room on the floor so this helps. Thanks for connecting.

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  6. Your free-hand map drawings are GREAT! Thanks for sharing the squidoo lens and your girls' beautiful results. My DD is holding me to my promise to make Australia. She'll do anything to get messy!
    My latest post Perch-side View: Meet the Artists

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