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Earth Day Papier Mache Globe: Filled with natural surprises

Celebrate Earth Day with a classic papier mache balloon globe which you then fill with special surprises. As you make the globe, you can teach your kids about the shape of the earth and the continents. Then hide little gifts inside like special pebbles and stones (each representing part of Mother Nature’s bounty) and give the globe to someone special.

So grab some recycled newspapers, mix up the papier mache, pull up your sleeves and let’s dive in.

Ages 2 and up

Supplies:

  • 1 balloon, plus a few back-ups for accidental popping
  • 100 or so strips of newspaper, each approximately 8 inches long
  • 2 bowls: one big and one small
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • Blue and green acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • 1 needle or pin
  • Scissors
  • Red construction paper
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Surprises for inside your globe: seeds, special rocks, wood figures to paint, natural wood balls, marbles, glass pebbles, pencils

 

Instructions:

 

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    • Set up a messy area with a trash bag, old sheet or tarp to contain the mess.
    • Then cut recycled newspaper into thin strips; and make a sticky papier mache paste by mixing the flour, water and salt.
    • Blow up and knot the balloon.
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    • Begin dipping newspaper strips into the paste, using your fingers to wipe off excess paste.
    • Apply the strips in alternating directions on the balloon, ultimately creating between 3-4 layers.
    • Setting the bottom of the balloon in a small bowl helps balance it and frees your hands to continue adding layers.
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    • Let the papier mache dry for a couple hours, then flip the balloon and add strips to the bottom.
    • Work your way around the tie of the balloon, leaving an open hole where you will pop the balloon to create an opening for your surprises.
    • Let the whole globe dry completely (this may take several hours) before painting.
    • Take this time to talk about the way the earth looks and to find images to serve as painting inspiration.
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    • Take this time to talk about the way the earth looks and to find images to serve as painting inspiration.
    • Hold the knot so you can pull it out easily.
    • Set up your acrylic paints and some large brushes on your messy mat area.
    • First, cover the globe with blue paint to make the oceans (this is a great job for younger children), then paint the green land areas as well as your children are able to (obviously tots won’t be able to paint the fine details).
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    • Allow the globe to dry for approximately 1 hour.
    • During this time, cut a red heart out of the construction paper, large enough to cover the hole.
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    • Once the paint is dry, fill the earth with surprises.
    • Try seed packs, wood figures to paint, special rocks, pebbles, marbles, or wood balls, depending on the age of the person you’re making your Earth for.
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    • Once your surprises are inside, glue or tape the heart to the hole.
    • Give your globe to someone special in honor of Earth Day and explain how all the things inside come from Mother Nature.

For more great kids crafts check out mamaroots.

 

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