Making a paper globe can be a fun and educational craft for kids and teens. You can download and print a free paper globe pattern online. Although a colour printer works best, you can also use a black and white printer to make a grey-scale paper globe. Since this project requires a lot of careful cutting and gluing, it’s best suited to kids in late primary school or older.
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Things you need
- Paper globe patterns
Download a free paper globe pattern online (see the link in the Resources section). You can choose either a letter size pattern or an A4 paper template.
Print out the paper globe pattern, preferably using a colour printer to make a blue and green paper globe.
Cut out the northern hemisphere patterns. Cut all the tabs carefully. Glue the tabs between each section of the hemisphere together, making sure the tabs are underneath the globe paper. Glue the two halves together.
Cut out the northern hemisphere base patterns. Cut along the solid line that extends to the circle in the center of the base pattern, then cut away the circle in the centre of the base pattern. Glue the reinforcement piece to the back of the hemisphere base where indicated.
Fold the base centre hole plate in half. Cut out the small circle area in the centre, then unfold the hole plate. Glue the hole plate to the back of the hemisphere base where indicated on the pattern.
Repeat these steps for the southern hemisphere patterns.
Line up the northern and southern hemispheres, making sure the countries match, and glue them together.
Tips and warnings
- You can also make a paper stand for the globe.
- Use the paper globe pattern as a template for making your own globe if you want to make a model of a planet other than Earth.
- Supervise children when working with scissors.
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