As I said last week's history project, salt dough is a fun, easy medium to work with and fairly inexpensive. Salt dough is also flexible in the ways you can use it from building material to land formations and even crafts (we'll discuss that in another post).
This week Olivia needed to create and label a topographic map of any state, so she chose her home state of Virginia. Luckily, we'd picked up a Virginia map over the weekend and this came in quite handy as she made her project.
First of course you'll need to create your salt dough. Your basic recipe is 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 cup of salt and 1/3 cup of water, stir and and more water as necessary.
Once your dough has reached the correct consistency, lay it out on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and work out the shape of your land mass. Be sure to create mountains, valleys and other uneven spaces prior to baking. Bake your creation at 200 degrees for an hour or so (depending on thickness) or allow it to air dry for several days.
Now you've finished your handy dandy topographic map and can share it with all the world (like I'm doing now, ahem).