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4th Grade



Homework Assignment: making salt dough

We will be making relief maps during our study of Colorado regions and need salt dough so that we can build the maps at school. Students will be 

responsible for bringing their own dough.The recipe is as follows:

2 cups flour

1 cup regular table salt

2 tablespoons of cooking oil

¾ cup water

Yellow and green food coloring

Mix flour and salt together in a bowl. Add the oil to the water. Pour the 

water mixture slowly into the flour mixture, mixing it with your hands until it 

becomes soft and doughy.


The dough might look crumbly but will stick together when pressed.  It needs to be the consistency of “playdough” that you buy in the store and should not stick to your hands. If the dough is too sticky, mix in a bit more flour.  

If you bring gooey, sticky dough to school you will have a very difficult time making your map!

Divide your dough into thirds.

Color one third of your dough green. 

Color one third of your dough yellow. 

This can be done using food coloring. 

Leave the last third uncolored (white/tan).

Put each ball of dough into individual Ziploc bags. Put all of these bags in a large Ziploc bag. Put your name on the large bag with permanent marker. 

** You might want to bring an extra cup of flour in a separate Ziploc bag 

to school with your dough in case it turns out to be too sticky to work with. 

Don’t forget to write your name on your bag with a permanent marker!


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