Your kids will LOVE learning how to make a cookie dough map, especially effective if everyone is ready for a break from the books!
Of course, the anticipation of eventually being able to eat the map is the most exciting part to most students, but the fact is, anytime you can add a hands-on element to school, it is a positive thing! Studies have indicated that hands on learning might be much more effective for many students than the typical textbook-and-lecture approach.
I know, it is a messy endeavor, but that’s part of the fun!
The recipe below makes several tasty peanut butter-flavored maps. The recipe yields a few larger or a plethora of smaller maps.
Keep reading after the recipe to see map ideas per historical period!
Recipe for Cookie Dough Map
2 cups smooth peanut butter 2 1/2 cups powdered milk 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar 2 cups white corn syrup Mix all of the ingredients together and put portions on wax paper if you are creating smaller maps, or want to freeze portions for future small maps. For one or more large maps, you will need a sturdy cardboard (or perhaps several layers of cardboard glued together) for a base. You can also use a large plastic cutting board.
Ideas for Decorations
- blue icing or white icing with blue glitter for lakes and oceans
- green sprinkles for forested areas
- cinnamon sugar for deserts
- chocolate chips for mountain ranges
- black or red licorice strips for rivers
- Red Hots for capitals
- M&Ms for major cities
Don’t forget to make a map key, especially for a large map.
Map Ideas Across History
Ancients (Creation to AD 476)
- Ancient China, showing the Great Wall and major cities, rivers, deserts and other land forms
- Roman Empire at its height of influence
- Scandinavia and Great Britain, depicting the major cities and routes traveled by raiding Vikings
- the Mediterranean World as it was during this time, labeling major cities, land forms and trade routes
- Italy labeling the city-states and their major cities. Include images of their leaders.
- Europe showing the countries and cities where Protestantism had a foothold. Add images of the leaders of the Reformation.
- World map showing the triangular slave trade routes between the colonies, the West Indies, Africa and Europe
- U.S. map of the 13 colonies showing the location of natural resources in each area
- U.S. depicting the Revolutionary War’s major battles
- France showing the battles of the French Revolution
- U.S. showing Lewis and Clark’s route to and from the Pacific Ocean
- World map showing the colonies of Great Britain during this period of history
- U.S. showing the locations of the major battles
- U.S. depicting the Confederate states and their dates of succession
- World map showing areas of missionary efforts during this period. Include image of missionaries.
- World map identifying areas of conflict during this time. (Examples: Boer War, Crimean War, Boxer Rebellion, etc.)
- World map – choose WWI or WWII and depict the major battles with dates
- World map identifying the major religion of different areas
Have you ever made cookie maps? Do you think your children would enjoy making and eating them? Tell me about it in the comments!