Making a model globe of the earth will introduce geography to kids with a creative project. The easiest way to create a globe of the earth with paper is to make a paper mache mix, which will create a hard and sturdy finished globe. Kids can learn about the continents and major cities by painting them onto the globe, and they’ll be having such a good time, they won’t even realise they’re learning.
Mix a solution of three parts water to one part glue in your bucket. Shred the newspaper into 1-inch thick strips, around 6 or 7 inches long. It is important to hand-shred the paper, so that the torn fibres will absorb the glue and water solution.
Blow up the balloon until it is round—this is about ¾ full. If you blow it up too full it will be oblong, rather than round.
Dip a strip of newspaper into the glue solution, fully covering both sides before laying it across the balloon. Dip another strip, and lay it overlapping the first by around 1/8 inch. Repeat until the whole balloon is covered, then repeat for four layers. Let dry.
Apply another four layers of paper mache newspaper over the balloon globe and let dry. Prick the pin through the dried paper mache to burst the balloon inside.
Trace the shape and placement of the continents onto your paper mache. If there is a lot of dark text from the newspaper showing through, you can paint the globe white first to make the pencil stand out better.
Paint in the continents, using greens for lush tropical or forested areas and sandy browns for desert and dry areas. Paint the oceans blue; you can paint lighter blue closer to the continents, making it gradually darker as it gets further away.
Paint on landmarks, such as the Great Wall of China or the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Statue Of Liberty in New York. Alternatively you can paint on different famous animals from each continent, like penguins in Antarctica, kangaroos in Australia and lions in Africa.
Paint on the routes of great explorers, like Christopher Columbus or Captain Cook, to tie the globe into history lessons.
Tips and warnings
- Paint on the routes of great explorers, like Christopher Columbus or Captain Cook, to tie the globe into history lessons.