How to make a mountain out of paper

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How to make a mountain out of paper
Use paper mountains to teach children about geography. (Mike Watson Images/moodboard/Getty Images)

Geography isn't always exciting and fun to learn, but you can change this by supplementing geographical studies with a hands-on craft project, such as making a crumpled paper mountain. Create crumpled paper mountains from wadded up paper, glue, and decorate them with paint. When possible, collect printer or other paper that has already been used. This will not only teach children about the geography of the planet, but about protecting the environment as well.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Scrap paper, various sizes
  • A4 paper sheets
  • Craft glue
  • Small dish
  • Water
  • Masking tape
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Watercolour or acrylic paint

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Crumple up pieces of scrap paper. Some pieces can be smaller than others. Wrap masking tape around some of the wads of paper to make them more solid and firm. Place four larger wads of paper on to a piece of 30 by 30 cm (12 by 12 inch) cardboard, and tape them on to the cardboard with masking tape.

  2. 2

    Squeeze 30 ml (2 tbsp) of craft glue into a small dish, and add 15 ml (1 tbsp) of water. Dip a heavy-duty paintbrush into the diluted glue, and brush the mixture over the larger wads of paper. Place the smaller wads of paper on top of the larger wads of paper to fill in the gaps, and brush glue over the entire paper mountain. Allow the glue to dry completely.

  3. 3

    Paint the mountain to make it appear more realistic. Use only non-toxic watercolour or acrylic paint. The base of the mountain can be grey or green, depending on where the mountain is located on the planet, and the top of the mountain can be painted white if there is snow. Allow the paint to dry completely before displaying the model.

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