How to Draw a Globe on a Ball

Updated April 17, 2017

Ever since Christopher Columbus sailed around the world, it's been common knowledge that the world is round. Drawing a globe on a ball is a great way to teach children about the different continents and the capital countries that inhabit them. Not only is it educational, but the ball can still be used as a ball after you draw on it.

Wash your kickball and dry it off. If your kickball is dirty, the markings you draw on the globe might come off when you play with the ball. If your ball is clean, then the drawings you make are more likely to stick.

Draw the North Pole on the top of your ball and the South Pole on the bottom of the ball.

Look at your map and decide what country you're going to start with. It's easier to start with the northern hemisphere if you live in the northern hemisphere.

Draw the equator in the middle of your globe. Draw North America above the equator and draw South America below the equator. Above the United States, draw the boundaries for Canada and Alaska, then to the right of them draw Greenland. Draw Iceland directly below Greenland and slightly to the right.

Turn your ball around. Draw Russia at the top of it. To the left of Russia, draw the European countries and below them draw Africa. Draw China directly beneath Russia. Draw India in between Africa and China.

To the right of China, draw Japan. Below China, draw Thailand and Indonesia.

Follow the map and draw Australia beneath Indonesia. Below Australia to the right, draw New Zealand.

Consult the map for locations of small island countries and states and draw them on your globe.

Draw boundaries for all countries by consulting your map.


If you want you can use the map to fill in all of the smaller countries on the globe to make it a more realistic globe, however you don't have to do this. Remember to label each continent.

Things You'll Need

  • Map
  • Kickball
  • Marker
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Devin Backman started writing professionally in 2004, with his work appearing in "The Alpenhorn News." He attended San Bernardino Valley College, majoring in journalism.