Tiny never tires of salt dough maps. It is one of his favorite go to geography projects.
Our Marco Polo unit study is not only an awesome unit study for a salt dough map, but the map is a project he can mostly do by himself now.
Hands-on Geography – ALWAYS
We gathered our supplies and yes we are finally starting to add to our school supplies here in Ecuador. Thank goodness they have Pizza Hut delivery here so we have a box for our project.
This is the basic recipe I am always sharing in case you don’t have it already.
Too, when we left the states, I made sure our suitcases had plenty of room for our much loved atlases.
We made it here to South America with our atlases in great shape and now that books in English are almost non-existent here, we take care real good care of what we do have.
No running to drool over books at Barnes & Noble here.
Back to our project.After mixing the dough, we just drew by free hand on the box with a pencil and then traced back over with a permanent marker.
Not only did we add some of the places visited by Marco Polo, but Tiny wanted to label some of the areas around it, so we did.
Marco Polo Unit Study – Salt Dough Map + Free Printable Map Flags
Too, I made some printable flags to put on the salt dough map.
A few places, I added in the name that would have been used back in the time of Marco Polo and then put the name of the modern day city to help Tiny make a connection.
Names are boring to learn about unless they make sense today.
Remember, before the salt dough dries, stick a toothpick in the dough so when it dries, the hole is there already for the flag pennant.
There is just something a lot more engaging for Tiny to add the pennants on some of the places Marco Polo traveled instead of labeling a printed out map, which would have been a lot more easier for me.
Then again, he remembers geography a lot better this way.
At the last minute, he decided he wanted to paint the trail of Marco Polo’s travels white because it would be easier for him to remember.
Don’t you love it when your kids come up with their own ways of remembering information?
I love it because Tiny was so ultimately satisfied with his work.
Too, though hands-on ideas sometimes are time consuming or in our case we plod along over a few days working on them, you don’t have to do much more review because they retain so much information in the beginning.
We are just about ready to be done with this unit study and I will be showing you the lapbook soon.
Hugs and love ya,
Grab some more hands-on ideas for Marco Polo and Free Printables too.