Friday, April 30, 2010

Salt Maps

We have enjoyed our learning of history.  The Gabanator is studying Genesis through Rome this year.  One of the activities was to make a salt map of either our world, or one you create.  We discussed different geographic terms and labels like oceans, desserts, mountain ranges, tributaries, etc.  Then we made a blueprint for his project.  The recipe for a salt map is very simple:

1 c. wheat flour (non-self rising)
2 c. salt
1 c. water
Poster paints
Mix salt and flour. Add the water a little at a time, stir thoroughly. Divide mixture in bowls to add the colors needed. Spread immediately as you would frosting on a cake. Must be used at once, it will dry solid in 2 or 3 days.

If we had to do it over I would use a smaller poster board, this is really big!  In addition, you can add food coloring right to the mix, we did that for the ocean.  Other pieces you will want to paint sepeaately.

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