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How to make a globe with paper plates

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Mother Earth. A small planet in a vast universe. She’s the only home we’ve got so let’s learn to take good care of her.

International Earth Day is celebrated every year since 1970. It’s important to teach the students at a really young age to respect our planet Earth. As adults, we have a great responsibility since children learn by the example that we give them, whether it is good or bad!

Creating Planet Earth with Animaplates paper plate crafts is a wonderful way to introduce this topic. The students will be able to suspend their “Planet Earth” in their bedroom and it will be a concrete reminder for them.

There are many activities you can do for Earth Day. "Save the Whales" is a slogan that is still relevant. Have a look at my hub on how to make a whale from Bristol paper.

Supplies

• two round paper bowls of 16 cm (6¼ in) diameter and 3.5 cm (1½ in) deep
• blue, green and white paint
• string
• thick white glue
• acrylic varnish (optional)

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1. Cut about 5 mm (¼ in) from the edge of each bowl.

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2. Paint the outside of the two bowls blue. Let dry.

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3. With a pencil, draw the continents and islands.

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4. Paint the continents and islands in white. Let dry.


Note: it will be easier to paint the continents green on a base of white paint than on blue.

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5. Paint the continents and islands green. Let dry.
Add a coat of acrylic varnish for a nicer finish (optional). Let dry.

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6. Take a good length of string and tie a knot at one end.
Take one bowl, turn it upside down and put white glue around the flat edge of the bowl.
Place the knot of the string in the bowl and place the other bowl on top of the first one to form the Earth.
Be careful to place the North Pole at the top (where the cord comes out) and align the other side of the Earth relative to the first side. Let dry.

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7. Hang the Earth from the string.

International Earth Day is a reminder of what we should do all year long to minimize our ecological footprint.
Some concrete ideas for protecting our environment:
• use public transportation or a bicycle instead of a car, or just walk
• turn off the lights, television or the computer when they are not used
• put biodegradable waste in the composter
• use recycling boxes for recycling paper, metal and plastic
• eat local products preferably
• use containers which can be recycled for lunch at school or at work

Comments

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on March 13, 2014:

Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Made! It's a great project for Earth Day :-) It's a way to teach children about our planet and what a great place to live :-) But we have to take care of it :-)

Madeleine Salin from Finland on March 13, 2014:

This is a nice thing to do with the children on a rainy day. The globe looks great!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on November 05, 2013:

You are really too kind, Crafty! Thank you very much for the compliment. Enjoy the rest of your day :-)

CraftytotheCore on November 05, 2013:

Wish I had known about this before I went out and bought a globe! LOL Once again your ideas are amazing. Keep them coming! I'm learning so much from you. :D

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on October 14, 2013:

Thank you so much, Eddy! I am sure your grandchildren must love to come and visit with you :-) Through what you write and seeing your pictures, I know that you give so many gifts to your grandchildren : time, love, discovery, respect and many more! I hope that one day our paths will cross :-)

Have a wonderful day!

Eiddwen from Wales on October 14, 2013:

What a wonderful crafty hub once again Joelle and here's to so many more hubs for us both o share on here.

I save all yours for when the grandkids come to stay.

Voted up for sure.

Eddy.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on September 04, 2013:

Thank you for your visit and comment, FlourishAnyway! You are right that a project like this one can be the beginning of thinking about the Earth and way to save the planet. I think that kids learn more easily when they can create something with their hands; they can relate to that project and connect with other subjects.

Thanks again for your comment and have a great week!

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 04, 2013:

This is a cute idea to teach kids about geography and let them have fun creating at the same time. I bet with just a little prompting, kids can be inspired to generate a classroom list of ways to save the planet.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on August 09, 2013:

Thank you very much, Lady Fiddler! You are really kind! I like to create and share my ideas with the kids.... and also educators :-)

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on August 09, 2013:

You do some really cool stuff Kids Craft :) this one was nice I like the whole idea of it.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on May 28, 2013:

Thank you very much, Heather!

Have a great day!

HeatherH104 from USA on May 28, 2013:

This is a great activity I think my kids would love! Thanks for the great hub.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on May 14, 2013:

Thank you Michelle! And you are right, it's a great way to complement a geography lesson about the Earth!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on May 14, 2013:

A great way to teach kids a little art and geography at the same time! Thanks for sharing, Kidscrafts!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on May 04, 2013:

Thank you for you kind comments and the sharing! I hope the Mom and the kids will like this project :-)

Karen Robiscoe from California on May 04, 2013:

I know a Mom who would love this! I am sharing to FB. And again, what awesome graphics. Your concise directions bear mention, as well, though hey! I did not know, but...It's a flat world after all...:)

Anna Haven from Scotland on April 25, 2013:

That is so true about time :)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 25, 2013:

Thank you Anna! I hope that you will have fun trying it! As I said in one of the previous comment you could also use a special paint "glow in the dark". I think I will try it myself one of these days :-)

So many things to do, so little time!

Anna Haven from Scotland on April 25, 2013:

What a great idea. Once again your instructions are detailed and you have made an important message, really fun! We will definitely try this.

I also loved how how you included some tips for the adults to remind us how we can protect our world.

Very creative, educational and also fun. Excellent!

John Paolo B.Magdaluyo from Philippine on April 15, 2013:

I'm sure they will. If I a 19 year old guy loves your creation they will be more.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 15, 2013:

Thank you very much for your kind words! That's definitely one project you should try with your nephews.... they could hang that in their bedroom!

John Paolo B.Magdaluyo from Philippine on April 15, 2013:

hello, this is so creative. No, you are so creative! so wonderful to have seen this things on your hubs!

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on April 09, 2013:

Hi kidscrafts, that's an excellent idea! The glow in the dark version would be very cool to hang in their room. Thanks for the extra tip!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 09, 2013:

I hope that you will have time to make it... and that's OK if the continents do not have the right shape :-) The most important thing is to talk about the Earth and what they can do to protect it.... and it's a nice durable project you can hang in their bedroom!

What do you think of using one of the colour "glow in the dark"... that should be cool for them! Let me know!

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on April 09, 2013:

kidscrafts, what a great, educational craft. My boys will love making this. Thank you for sharing such a unique idea!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 03, 2013:

Thank you Michelle!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on April 03, 2013:

Yes, it is, Kidscrafts. They's enjoy working on it! Sharing this again!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on March 28, 2013:

Thank you for your visit Michelle! Could it be a nice project for your nieces?

Michelle Liew from Singapore on March 27, 2013:

Kidscrafts, coming in to say that kids need to learn to appreciate the Earth, and this is a fine way to do it. Thanks for sharing!Passing this round again.

breakfastpop on February 17, 2013:

You are right and I intend to do it!! Thanks again..

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on February 17, 2013:

Michelle

Thank you for your visit! I didn't realize that you wrote a comment on this project :-)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on February 17, 2013:

Breakfasttop

Thank you very much for your kind comments and for your support! With Earth Day approaching it could be a nice project to make with them....and hang it in their bedroom!

breakfastpop on February 17, 2013:

This is easy and awesome. I know my grandchildren will love it. Up and awesome!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on February 14, 2013:

Innovative, & great for the little ones! Thanks for sharing, Kidscrafts!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on January 22, 2013:

Thank you very much for your vote!

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on January 22, 2013:

Beautiful! Great way to teach Geography or Social Study in the classroom. Voted Up and useful.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on January 22, 2013:

Thanks you very much!

Priya Singh from US on January 22, 2013:

Really a nice one....:)

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on January 22, 2013:

Thank you very much your kind comment! It's true, the Earth is a wonderful place and we should do a better job keeping it nice!

I want also to let you know that when I was a kid I lived not to far from where you live now. I used to live in the Congo and the Rwanda-Burundi! I loved it very much even if I was only 8 when I left. Good memories!

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on January 22, 2013:

Hi kidscrafts,

What a beautiful way to remember the only wonderful place we have. We should be models to our children and be good examples of how we should care for mother earth. We should always strive to make this place better than we found it. It is a useful project, thanks for sharing this. Voted up and shared.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on January 21, 2013:

Thanks for you visit! I like to do it that way for people who like to create but have no idea to proceed.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on January 20, 2013:

Love the step-by-step and the illustrations by each step, which helps to clarify certain actions.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on January 19, 2013:

You are welcome! The paper bowls are just perfect to represent it! No need to work with a balloon and papier maché....the kids can see the result faster :-)

Sasha Kim on January 18, 2013:

Oh this is adorable and I just know my son would love it! Plus it would be just perfect to hang in my son's space themed room. Thank you!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on January 17, 2013:

Thank you for your visit and your comment!

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on January 17, 2013:

Such a simple yet thoroughly creative project! Thanks for posting this.

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on January 16, 2013:

Thank you very much! You are really kind!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on January 16, 2013:

Great craft for kids and so easy to do and so educational for the kids to do. Awesome !

Vote up and more !!!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on June 10, 2012:

Thank you very much for your comment! Kids love 3D projects; it's so different than to work on paper.

BJC from Florida on June 10, 2012:

Awesome! Will have to bring this out next year, or during science class.

bjc

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 22, 2012:

Thank you very much for you kind comment!

MazioCreate from Brisbane Queensland Australia on April 22, 2012:

An interesting activity that can be done at home or school. Thanks also for the reminders of how to protect the environment. Voted up!

kidscrafts (author) from Ottawa, Canada on April 21, 2012:

Thank you. Glad you like it.

Catherine Taylor from Canada on April 21, 2012:

Perfect timing for this craft and easy enough for any skill level. Great,