Viking history co-op. Week 1: Glitter Maps

Week 1: We created glitter maps.

The sea fairing people of the the north gained a bad reputation by the way they introduced themselves to new people. Back at home, they lived fairly peaceful lives as fishermen and farmers. Known for their fierceness in battle and uniquely designed ships, the Vikings were an interesting people to study.

The Vikings lived in Northern Europe primarily in the countries today known as Norway, Sweden and Denmark. There explorations brought them to many surrounding lands. Between the 8th and 11th centuries when the Vikings thrived, they were successful in taking over parts of France and Britain. They settled in Iceland and Greenland and even sailed to Canada. Their boats were shallow enough for them to venture far inland on rivers and they made an impact in Russia.

Therefore, our Viking glitter maps showed Europe, part of Canada and Russia.

Beginning with a paper map, glue was spread over regions of water and sprinkled with blue glitter. Once the excess glitter was shaken off the process was repeated with other colors of glitter used to represent areas of land.

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  1. What a great idea. My son loves maos I'll definitely have a go. Thanks for linking to Science Sparks xx

  2. Those came out very cool! I'm trying to teach my daughter about maps. Maybe if we added glitter to the lesson, she'd enjoy it more!! Thanks for linking up to the Afterschool Blog Hop!

  3. What a great way to make a map a little bit more interesting. This would work great with our Around the World in 12 Dishes we're working on. Thanks for sharing on the Afterschool Blog Hop!

  4. I've never seen these before. We've done salt maps (not my favorite) and cookie dough maps!

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    Love the glitter!

  5. My boys love to do things w/glitter. Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday.


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