How to Make a Paper Mache Earth

By Contributing Writer

Things Needed

  • A round balloon
  • Newspaper
  • Flour and water glue
  • Container for mixing the glue (old plastic containers work well)
  • Spoon or stick to stir the glue
  • Printer
  • Pencil
  • 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.

Tip

This project is messy, so make sure you have some kind of plastic or an old sheet beneath you in case of an accident.