Plateau, Mama Mesa & Family!
Salt Lake City, Utah
Submitted: November 24, 2001
of all to explain the different sizes of plateaus I would explain
the following: the largest plateau is called a plateau. To help
them remember it I called it "Papa Plateau." The next
size is a mesa, therefore "Mommy Mesa. Next, "baby butte."
and finally "Pee Wee Pinnacle."
made four different colors of play dough and put them in little
baggies. They kept in my fridge all year. I got some meat trays,
donated from a local food store, to use as their play surface.
I had them work in pairs to create the different layers of the
plateau. Then they had to make the plateau, mesa, butte, and pinnacle
and show me which one was which.
Then I would have them seperate the dough into its respective
colors. Below is the recipe I used. It uses corn starch instead
of flour and seems to last longer. At the end of the year I gave
the children the play dough as a reward. We used it all year for
spelling words and all sorts of things.
1/2 c. corn starch
1/2 c. flour
2 c. cold water
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 c. salt
1 T. oil
on medium heat until it gathers on the spoon for about 6 min.
Put on wax paper. Keep refrigerated in a ziploc bag.