Earth globe crafts

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Earth globe crafts
Print a template of the continents for your globe. (World map background image by Stasys Eidiejus from Fotolia.com)

Earth globes are important to study for geographic and historical knowledge. Earth globes also have become a popular symbol in fashion due to the green movement. Learn this globe by making one. Hands-on learning produces the best absorption. Earth globes are educational crafts for people to create.

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Paper-mache Globe

Paper-mache globes are very inexpensive to create, but take a while. This project will create a three-dimensional model of the earth. Make a paper mache mixture of flour and water. Cut old newspaper into strips. Dip the strips of newspaper into the paper-mache mix and cover a balloon to build your globe. Leave this to dry overnight. Build one layer of the paper-mache around the balloon each day for the next two days.

Paint the surface blue. Print out continent templates from the computer. You can paint these or print them on green paper. Label the continents and glue them onto the globe.

Tissue Paper Earth

You can make a similar globe from tissue paper. With galvanised wire, form a simple spiral base and sphere in one continuous piece. This is the frame for your sphere. Lay out several pieces of waxed paper, enough to cover your globe. Sprinkle starch onto the waxed paper. Build layers with small pieces of blue tissue paper. Leave it to dry. Peel this layer from the waxed paper. Attach this paper to the wire globe by adding a few drops of hot glue or with paper clips. Conceal seams by adding tissue paper. Print out a template of the continents. Trace these onto green tissue paper and cut out. Affix these onto the globe with another layer of liquid starch.

Globe Sun-catcher

Print out pictures of the globe. To create a sun-catcher scene, print multiple views of the globe to create a template. Cover the template with a piece of waxed paper. Cover the waxed paper accordingly with green and blue crayon shavings. Place another piece of waxed paper over this. Now cover this with a cloth. Apply a warm iron to melt the crayon, moving slowly. Check after you go over it once. Cut the excess waxed paper from the sun-catcher. Cut a hole near the top and add a small loop of string to hang it over your window.

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