This fall we studied the geography, culture, and biomes of Canada. As a wrap-up to our unit I helped the grade 3s make a map of Canada using salt dough.
We used the following recipe for our dough:
4 cups of flour
2 cups of salt
2 cups of water
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar (optional – It is expensive, but makes the dough creamier. It is found in the baking aisle near the spices)
This recipe makes enough dough to cover 2/3 of a 20″ x 26″ sheet of bristol board with a thickness of about 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
I traced a map of Canada onto the paper using the Canada puzzle map. The students then placed dough within the boundaries of Canada. Mountains were built up and a craft stick was used to carve a few major rivers. Holes were poked where the labels would later be glued. We left the map dry over the weekend.
We decide to paint a political map rather than a physical map. The next step involved drawing provincial borders on with a pencil. The children took turns painting the provinces and territories with colours corresponding to the puzzle map. (We used acrylic paint, but I believe tempera or water colour will work as well).
We printed labels of the provinces, territories, and capitals and glued them to short craft sticks. Once the paint had dried we glued the labels into their proper positions.