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3D Maps

Have you ever made maps of clay or salt dough? These are fun, fairly simple, and memorable. Here are a couple of simple recipes you can use to make your own.They are taken from Geography Through Art and The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide.

Salt Dough

2 parts flour
1 part salt
1 part water

Mix well, Add more water if crumbly.

Coffee Clay
1 C flour
1/2 C salt
1 C used coffee grinds
1/2 C cold left over coffee

Combine and blend well. Knead on floured surface until smooth. Let air dry or bake at 175 for 30 minutes.

Using the physical map from a good student atlas, place the dough or clay on a piece of cardboard and shape like the area of focus. You can do a continent a country or whatever you are studying. We like to tape an outline map of the area on the cardboard for accuracy in forming the general shape of the place. Let dry overnight and paint. Use toothpick with flags with the names of places and push into map before it dries or leave unlabeled. It’s up to you. My kids especially enjoyed doing the rivers accurately and painting them blue. One thing's for sure - they always remember the lay of the land of the places where they've made their own map.