Montessori Salt Dough Map of Canada

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.

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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).

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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.

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