How to Create an Island for a School Project

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are teaching younger schoolchildren about topography and the Earth's landforms, the topics can become befuddling if you simply read to the children. One solution is to put together an exciting hands-on activity for the kids to do that will allow them to see landforms more visually. For example, you could set up a land form activity that would involve each child making an island model out of basic craft materials.

Place a 13-inch long, 10-inch wide Swiss roll tray onto a table with the opening facing up.

Shape 200g. of green or brown oil-based clay onto a ball. The clay can be purchased at an art supply store. If you want your island to include a volcano, then form one side of the ball into a point. If you want the island to be non-volcanic, leave it rounded.

Press the clay form onto the middle of the Swiss roll tray, and press down the edges.

Fill the Swiss roll tray with water until the clay is halfway covered.


Make the island even more realistic by pressing miniature plastic palm trees into the clay. You can buy plastic trees in a wide variety of shapes and styles at any craft or hobby store. To achieve a more realistic-looking ocean, add a few drops of food colouring to the water.

Things You'll Need

  • Swiss roll tray
  • Oil-based clay
  • Distilled water
  • Food colouring
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