How to Build a Landform for a School Project

Written by kelly sundstrom | 13/05/2017
How to Build a Landform for a School Project
Kids can learn about geography by making a landform display. (hot volcano image by Leticia Wilson from

When you are teaching students about geography and the different types of landforms that exist on Earth, it can be difficult to keep the children interested if you are just lecturing to them. Instead of simply talking to the kids about landforms, you can allow your students to get involved in their learning by helping them make a 3-D landforms model out of craft materials. Once finished, the students can display their landforms for others to look at.

Cut a sheet of cardboard to measure 18 inches square.

Crumple up pieces of newspaper and tape them onto the cardboard to form mountains, plateaus and the edges of the landmass. Sculpt the paper to create valleys, peninsulas and islands on the cardboard.

Combine 4 cups of flour, 2 cups of water and 1 cup of salt in a bowl.

Cover the paper structure with the flour mixture. The flour mixture will flow over the structure in an organic way to cause the forms to look like earthen landforms. Allow the mixture to dry completely.

Paint the landform structure using acrylic paint, then allow it to dry before displaying it.

Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Bowl
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush

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