It’s been a while since I just rambled about our homeschool. I so enjoy helping you out with ways to get lit into your own days that I forget sometimes you want to know what’s going on with me and my Littles. One of the fun things about being a homeschool blogger is sharing homeschool experiences, though, so here’s what we’re up to.
As you may know, we decided back in January to cool our jets and take our time studying Asia this semester rather than trying to squeeze in Asia and Africa both. It was the best homeschool decision I made this year, hands down. We have really enjoyed truly diving into the history, culture, and geography of each country, as well as including wildlife and geology into each lesson. The Littles have both exclaimed on various occasions how much fun they’re having and have even begged to keep studying a country once I feel we’re done because they are enjoying it so much.
What kind of homeschool mama would I be if I didn’t comply with that?! Oh. Yeah. That’s why we do this, right? To get our kids to love learning and look forward to it and all that yummy goodness. I mean, one of the thousands of reasons.
We’ve been studying India this week and today is our last day. I thought it would be fun, since India has a pretty diverse topography, to make a salt dough map of the country. You know by now how much I love salt dough. It’s cheap, easy, and fun. It dries on its own. It’s malleable. You can do anything with it. Throw it at your kids if you want (no, before it hardens). It won’t hurt them. But if they’re like my kids, they will throw it back, so be prepared for all-out war. Which can maybe lead to a lesson on warfare? See, I’m thinking this through.
You can do this for any country, of course, if you really want your littles to remember where different land forms are. Here’s what we did:
Basic Salt Dough Recipe:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Add the water slowly, stirring as you go. If the dough gets sticky, add a little more flour. You want it to resemble play-doh. Knead the dough for a couple minutes. Roll it out to remove air or impurities. Done.
Print out a decent-sized map of India
We used this one. We printed it, cut it out and put it on a larger piece of paper to use as a guide for our basic landform.
Make your map
The Littles then used their salt dough to lay out a basic form of India. Once that was complete, they added the Eastern and Western Ghats, the Himalayas, the Deccan Plateau, the Satpura mountains, the Ganges River, and the Ganges Plain. They made a little star to mark New Dehli. Then they painted their creations.
This project was fun and easy and the Littles left with India’s topography a little more salt-doughed in their heads (instead of cemented. Get it?).
You would miss my cheesiness if I reined it in. Admit it.