Learning about Earth Day can be a fun activity for kids. It can also be a rewarding experience for parents and children. By making this Earth Day craft together, it allows the relationship between parents and children to bloom that can’t be replaced by anything else.
Also, by working together on projects, it promotes cooperation and teamwork. These are skills, which are slowly being diminished by distractions like excessive video games and other types of physical and mental hazards to kids.
Crafts with kids also open up the channels of communication between parents and children. Thus, in this project, you’ll be making a globe representing the Earth. Working together and reading are great activities to do as a family to enhance the relationship between parent and child.
Supplies for Earth Day Craft
The materials needed for this project are:
- Tap Water
- Cooking Pot
- Stirring Spoon
- Measuring Tools
- Balloons (medium size, if possible)
- Old strips of recycled newspaper
- Construction paper
- Blue paint
- Tape (optional)
- Beans (optional)
Instructions for the Earth Day craft:
Preparing the paper mache
- In a small cooking pot, pour 1 cup of flour, 1 tbsp. of cornstarch, and slowly add some water up to 2 cups of water.
- Once it is mixed enough, cook the mixture slowly on low heat over a stove. Stir constantly to prevent lumps. Warning: parents should perform this step only.
- Allow the mixture to cool completely for about 30 minutes. Gather several recycled newspapers.
- Cut them in small strips and in different sizes. Set aside.
Making the Globe
- Start by placing old newspaper on the working area. Cover clothing with an old oversize shirt or smock.
- Fill an empty balloon with beans (optional).
- Blow the balloon up to a medium size ball. Close the end. Set aside.
- Make sure to allow time for the paste to cool before applying paper to balloon.
- Cut pieces of old newspaper or magazine into small strips, enough to cover the balloon in 3-4 coats.
- Once the paste is cool, dip the strips of paper into the paste and remove any excess back to the bowl. Place the strips of paper onto the balloon. Smooth out any clumps of paste.
- Allow the children to use their fingers to dip the paper and remove the excess paste.
- Repeat 3-4 times until the balloon is completely covered with paper mache. Set aside. Tip: rest the balloon on top a medium size plastic cup. Wait for the globe to dry (approximately 24 hours).
- Place a small amount of blue paint on a paper plate or other suitable container.
- Start to paint the dried globe. Allow the paint to dry completely.
- Print out The World worksheet with the continents and labels from the Culture Worksheet section.
- Cut the labels and continents and paste them on construction paper. Cut again. Note: for simplicity, North America continent is separated into different regions. You can paste all these together.
- Paste these labels around the globe with tape, if desired.
- Use the labels to identify each continent and region.
- Use a small star sticker to identify your homeland.
- Display the global Earth on a desk or bookshelf.
Can you identify the seas around the Earth?