How to make a world globe ball

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How to make a world globe ball
Make a globe from a sports ball. (globe #5 image by Adam Borkowski from

Globes sit in classrooms all over the world. Teachers use them to help students understand where different countries and landforms lie in relation to other places. Students study them to learn about far away places or discover how to read coordinates. You can also make globes in the classroom or at home to help students and children further understand the Earth. All you need are a few simple supplies.

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Things you need

  • Cricket or tennis ball
  • Spray cleanser
  • Soft balls
  • Globe template
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tempera paint
  • Paintbrushes

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  1. 1

    Gently wipe off or clean a cricket or tennis ball with a little spray cleanser and a soft cloth. This removes any dirt or grime that might prevent the glue from sticking later.

  2. 2

    Print a globe template from the National Maritime Museum website (see Resources). Black and white works well; don't waste your printer ink. Click the dotted line outlining the graphic and adjust it to no more than 12.5 cm (5 inches) wide before printing.

  3. 3

    Cut out the template and wrap it around your ball so that the points stick straight up and down. Secure the template with transparent tape.

  4. 4

    Smear the inside of the template points with glue and press them down against the ball's surface. The template should cover the ball completely. Allow the glue to dry for about an hour.

  5. 5

    Paint in the continents, oceans and geographic features. Paint the plains and temperate areas green, the Arctic and Antarctic white and the deserts light brown. Paint all of the water features blue and the mountains purple. Let dry overnight.

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