Things You'll Need
- A round balloon
- Flour and water glue
- Container for mixing the glue (old plastic containers work well)
- Spoon or stick to stir the glue
- Blue and green tempera paint
- Paint brushes
- Dark marker
Here's a fun projects your kids will love! Make a paper mache Earth and all the other planets in our solar system. Be assured that this project will give children something to fill up their time while teaching them a little bit about geography and science. What a great way to learn!
Make a simple, thin glue from flour and water. Mix 1 cup of flour into 1 cup of water until the mixture is thin and runny. Stir into 4 cups of boiling water (the heating gives the glue a nice consistency, but is not necessary). Simmer for about 3 minutes, then cool. Make more as needed.
Tear a lot of strips of newspaper. Strips should be about 1-inch wide; the length doesn't really matter.
Blow up and tie a round balloon.
Dip each strip of paper in the flour glue, wipe off excess and wrap the strip around the balloon. Have at least 3 layers surrounding the balloon. Let it dry (at least overnight) after each layer. Let the globe dry completely (it may take a few days). The balloon usually pops by itself and separates itself from the outer paper mache layer.
Print out maps of the Earth (or use a commercial globe or map).
Using a pencil, draw a line around the midsection of the balloon representing the equator, and draw a dot for each of the poles; then draw the continents on the globe.
Work on a bed of newspapers as this is pretty messy. Paint the 7 continents green with tempera paints. When the continents are done and the paint has dried, use blue paint to represent the oceans, seas and lakes. Let the paint dry.
Using a dark marker, label the major features on the globe. Also mark and label the equator, the 7 continents, the oceans, the poles, etc.
This project is messy, so make sure you have some kind of plastic or an old sheet beneath you in case of an accident.