How to make an Earth model with clay for kids

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How to make an Earth model with clay for kids
A globe may also be used as reference when creating a clay Earth model. (Getty Creative)

Earth is a fascinating planet, full of colour and life. To teach kids about the Earth and how it is viewed from outer space, make a clay model of the Earth. Permit each child to use their hands and simple tools, such as toothpicks, to create clay Earth models. Creating a clay Earth model allows children to make the connection between their surroundings and the planet they live on.

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Things you need

  • Earth map
  • Earth photo
  • 25-cm (10-inch) sheet waxed paper
  • Blue modelling clay
  • Green modelling clay
  • White modelling clay
  • Plastic toothpicks

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  1. 1

    Print a colour map and photo of Earth for each child to use as reference. Set the printed sheets next to the 25-cm (10-inch) sheet of waxed paper.

  2. 2

    Place each clay colour on the waxed paper individually, and kneed the clay with both hands to soften it. Allow the kids to squeeze the clay with their hands and press the clay down over the waxed paper. Roll the clay into balls, and set each ball of clay aside.

  3. 3

    Roll the blue clay with both hands into a ball measuring 7.5 cm (3 inches) in diameter until smooth, and set aside on completion. Set the green and white clay on the waxed paper individually, and flatten with the rolling pin.

  4. 4

    Cut the shapes of each continent out from the green clay and the polar ice caps from the white clay with a plastic toothpick. Use the printed map and photo of the earth as a guide. Turn the cut clay pieces over and draw "X's" on the back. This process is known as "scoring" the clay.

  5. 5

    Score the surface of the blue clay where the continents and ice caps will be placed, using the plastic toothpick. Place the green continents on the side surfaces of the blue clay, and place the white clay on the top and bottom of the blue clay.

  6. 6

    Gently rub the green and white clay with your thumb to adhere all clay to the blue clay's surface.

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