DIY CLAY MAPS

Today, we have a really cool guest post from Stef over at Non Toy Gifts. Stef has shared with us how to make DIY clay maps that are perfect for learning about different countries, and the places that are there. 

 

DIY clay maps are easy to make - and even more fun to play with! It's a great travel activity and craft for kids and an educational DIY toy

 

Travelling with young kids may be challenging but showing them the world can also be done from the comfort of your home: reading books that take place in different countries, playing with wooden landmark toys, creating cardboard monuments, letting them explore applications like Google Earth on their own, looking at the map – these are just a few ideas.

Making DIY clay maps is another fun way to nourish kids’ love for geography.

 

DIY clay maps are easy to make - and even more fun to play with! It's a great travel activity and craft for kids and an educational DIY toy

 

They are easy to create and require materials that you already have in your household. Kids can choose any state or country that they have recently been to or dream of visiting, seen on TV or read about.

 

DIY clay maps are easy to make - and even more fun to play with! It's a great travel activity and craft for kids and an educational DIY toy

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE DIY CLAY MAPS: 

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HOW TO MAKE DIY CLAY MAPS: 

 

Step 1. Print the map and copy it on the tracing paper.

DIY clay maps are easy to make - and even more fun to play with! It's a great travel activity and craft for kids and an educational DIY toy

 

Step 2. Mix the salt, flour and oil in a bowl. Add enough water to reach a claylike consistency.

 

Step 3. Transfer the clay to the aluminum baking pan and press it down to a 3/4 inches thickness. Smooth the surface with your hand.

 

Step 4. Place the tracing paper on the clay and punch the outline with a needle or a pin – this will create a very thin border.

DIY clay maps are easy to make - and even more fun to play with! It's a great travel activity and craft for kids and an educational DIY toy

 

Remove the paper and use a bamboo skewer or a toothpick to press harder on the outline of your map

DIY clay maps are easy to make - and even more fun to play with! It's a great travel activity and craft for kids and an educational DIY toy

 

Step 5. Preheat oven at 250F and place the baking pan in the oven for 2 hours.

 

Step 6. Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool down. When the map is cool, use a market to draw the outline of the map and mark the major cities or island names. Paint the background in the color of your choice.

DIY clay maps are easy to make - and even more fun to play with! It's a great travel activity and craft for kids and an educational DIY toy

 

While my toddler thinks these three are cookies and tries to take a bite whenever he manages to get his hands on them, my preschooler really enjoys playing with the clay maps.

DIY clay maps are easy to make - and even more fun to play with! It's a great travel activity and craft for kids and an educational DIY toy

 

I created France, Italy and Germany so far and I also got a few small landmarks to use in a match game.

DIY clay maps are easy to make - and even more fun to play with! It's a great travel activity and craft for kids and an educational DIY toy

DIY clay maps are easy to make - and even more fun to play with! It's a great travel activity and craft for kids and an educational DIY toy

 

Here’s France: 
DIY clay maps are easy to make - and even more fun to play with! It's a great travel activity and craft for kids and an educational DIY toy

 

Here’s Italy:

DIY clay maps are easy to make - and even more fun to play with! It's a great travel activity and craft for kids and an educational DIY toy

 

And this is Germany: 

DIY clay maps are easy to make - and even more fun to play with! It's a great travel activity and craft for kids and an educational DIY toy

 

HAVE FUN DISCOVERING THE WORLD WITH THESE DIY CLAY MAPS!

 

DIY clay maps are easy to make - and even more fun to play with! It's a great travel activity and craft for kids and an educational DIY toy

 

 

About the author:

non-toy-gifts-logoStef, a mom of two little boys, blogs at Non Toy Gifts about toy alternative gifts for young kids, from DIY to practical gifts. She shares ideas that will create beautiful childhood memories through experiences, adventures, fun learning and so much more.You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google +.

 

 

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