As part of our study of Antarctica we made a fairly detailed cookie map of this icy continent.  I gave the children a blank Antarctica map to fill in using an atlas.  Once the older ones had labelled their map and the younger ones had spent some time with me on Google Earth looking at some of the features of Antarctica, A6 helped me roll out the biscuit dough.

We placed it onto a paper map outline of Antarctica and using her fingers A6 fashioned the dough inside the outline of Antarctica:


We then placed it on a baking tray and baked for ten or so minutes and allowed to cool:


I spread a dish with marshmallow fluff and stuck Antarctica on top.  A6 then poured all the blue sprinkles over the remaining fluff surrounding the biscuit, creating the oceans:


She then smothered the biscuit with the marshmallow fluff to represent the snow:


The older children were now called in to create mountains, icebergs……


….snow and labels:


They basked in the wonders of a truly fabulous Antarctica for, oooh, all of about 3 1/2 seconds and then they ate it:


Such fun!


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20 comments on “Making a Cookie Map of Antarctica

  1. What a delicious idea! You are so very clever, Claire. Yum-O!

  2. almostunschoolers

    A project after my own heart 🙂

    • Glad you approve! It wasn’t a patch on our ancient India one though – that had toblerones (my absolute favourite chocolate), and many, many varieties of sweeties, icing, chocolate….you name it we had it. Again, not so good for the ol’ weightloss!

  3. As I read this I’m thinking I see influences from Almost Unschoolers.

    • I think we might be just as bad with our edible school work. It has two major pluses. The first is that the children will do almost anything if there is a promise of food and a project once eaten takes up practically no space (bar expanding waistlines)!

  4. Great way to learn about continents! Antarctica is now in their brains, hearts and stomaches. I love the project.

  5. I love it. I especially love the last photo.

  6. RavenThreads

    I love cookie maps 🙂

    • They definitely have some points in their favour – sugar for one (although I guess as a good mother I ought to be limiting that….)

  7. Love your map. I bet it tasted as good as it looked!

  8. The cookie map looks yummy!

    • It really was, although one can definitely have too much fluff very easily – it is very sickly!

  9. I love the idea of making a cookie map even more than a salt dough map. What fun you all are having.
    Blessings, Dawn

    • A salt dough one is much healthier, not to mention cheaper. I rue the day I introduced cookie maps!

  10. Oh my, the most delicious map I’ve ever seen! I like your point that once the work is done and eaten – you don’t have to store it.

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