How to make a globe with paper plates
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.
• two round paper bowls of 16 cm (6¼ in) diameter and 3.5 cm (1½ in) deep
• blue, green and white paint
• thick white glue
• acrylic varnish (optional)
1. Cut about 5 mm (¼ in) from the edge of each bowl.
2. Paint the outside of the two bowls blue. Let dry.
3. With a pencil, draw the continents and islands.
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.
5. Paint the continents and islands green. Let dry.
Add a coat of acrylic varnish for a nicer finish (optional). Let dry.
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.
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