Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Art project for Incas, Aztecs and Mayans

While reading about these 3 civilizations we noticed that all three civilazations worshipped the sun God and made human and animal sacrifices to this God for many reasons.  After reading the Kids Discover magazine and finding a salt dough craft in the back we decided to make our own Sun God sculpture.  BTW, if you haven't heard or seen this magazine it it an excellent teaching magazine and their website often has additional learning resources that you can use, I would say this is geared towards middle school age group.

The recipe we used was 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup water and then mix and knead the dough until smooth, we had to add more flour to make it less sticky.  After building our sculptures we baked it at 325 degrees for 1 and 1/2 hours.

MarioFan did not like the sensation of the dough on his fingers and had to stop and wash his hands every few minutes, which drove me crazy:(.

Mario fan chose to make an exact copy of the sculpture found in the magazine, while Firedrake came up with her own design:)
We then painted our designs

MarioFan's finished piece he even used the exact paint colors as the magazine:(  I can't get him to think outside that box yet, but I am working on it.

Firedrakes masterpiece which of course includes a dragon in the center of the sun.
I plan on hanging both pieces up in our school room and we are thrilled at how nicely they all came out.  But first I am thinking I need to shellac them so they don't get moldy.  We have finished our unit on these 3 civilizations and we are now moving on in history to the the 1600's in America i.e. Roanoke Island and James Town.


  1. I'm with MarioFan, I cannot abide the feeling of salt dough! It sucks out the moisture in my hands the second it touches my skin. I'll still make it and work with it, but I hate it the whole time (and make sure everybody else knows it too :-) ). Then again, I also hate working with most clays for the same reason. I guess that is part of why I like working with modeling wax so much, it doesn't dry out my skin or feel gritty. Their pieces came out beautifully!

  2. Those are amazing, what great creations! Glad you shared the recipe - now we can try it too :-)

  3. I loved their finished projects. They are amazing. I think that I will copy the recipe and maybe do some projects like this with my grandchildren when they visit.
    I just got home from taking care of 5 of my grandchildren in Missouri. I had a delightful visit.
    By the way, I am going to look forward to your 1600's study.