Making homemade world globes is a great way to teach kids about geography, while getting them into something crafty and imaginative. Aside from teaching geography, a homemade globe can help kids learn about explorers and the different discoveries of new continents. A novel addition to a globe is to plot the journeys of famous explorers, like Christopher Columbus or Captain Cook, into the globe. Traditionally globes are quite expensive items to purchase, so you can save quite a lot by making your own.
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Things you need
- 1 cup flour
- 5 cups water
- Globe map/picture
- Paint: blue, green and bronze
- Black marker (optional)
- Paper plate
- Varnish (optional)
Mix the water and flour to a smooth paste in the bucket.
Blow up your balloon, but not all the way, making it as round as possible. Tie off the balloon.
Shred the newspaper into lengths, around 1 inch wide and 5 inches long, then dip it into the flour and water glue (on both sides of the paper) then lay it across the balloon, covering the entire surface. Let the first layer dry a couple of hours before applying the second, third and fourth layers of newspaper. Let dry completely, preferably for 24 hours.
Paint the entire globe in blue, then after it is dry, trace the landmasses onto the globe with the pencil, and when you are happy with their position, paint them in using greens. Use a world map or picture to make sure all the continents are the correct shape and in the right location on the globe.
Outline the landmasses with the black marker after the paint is dry, if desired.
Paint the bottom of the paper plate a bronze-gold colour, then let dry.
Glue the papier-mâché globe onto the centre of the paper plate, bottom side up, as the stand of the globe. Make sure the balloon is popped before gluing to the stand, if it isn't, then a prick with the end of a paintbrush or scissors should do it.
Varnish the whole globe if desired.
Tips and warnings
- Because a flour mix has been used for the glue, the globe may become a meal for pesky roaches or silverfish. Varnishing protects the globe from this problem.
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