Our students love art. So, as often as possible, I try to take a break from textbooks and worksheets and allow them to get their hands dirty. We made paper mache’ globes to reinforce our lessons on continents and oceans with a little bit of latitude and longitude sprinkled in.
- 10″ – 12″ balloon
- Recycled newspaper
- Liquid glue
- Water + flour paste (1 part paste to 2 parts water)
- Paint brushes
- Blue tempera paint
- Continents cutouts (from Lakeshore Learning)
- Black yarn or ribbon.
Step 1: Make a paste of flour and water. I use about 1 c. flour to 1/3 c. water. You can adjust to make your paste as thick or as thin as you want. Use a fork to smooth out the lumps.
Step 2: Blow up the balloon.
Step 3: Tear strips of newspaper and dip in flour paste.
Step 4: lay the newspaper strips on the balloon. I suggest three to four layers.
Paint the globe blue, since earth is the blue planet. Let dry 12 – 24 hours.
Color and cut each continent. If you are including the continent of Zealandia, here is a great pattern you can use.
Glue in place. Let dry.
Use the black yarn or ribbon to glue the Equator and the Prime Meridian.
Label the 5 Oceans (Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Southern), Equator, and Prime Meridian to mark the appropriate locations.
A few days later, give your students this Continents and Oceans Quiz to test their knowledge.