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How to make a globe with paper plates

Updated on April 19, 2013

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)

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

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      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 :-)

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

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

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

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

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      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

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      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!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      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.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      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!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      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.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

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

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

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

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much, Heather!

      Have a great day!

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

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

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

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

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

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

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

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

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      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...:)

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      That is so true about time :)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      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!

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      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!

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

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

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      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!

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

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

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      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!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      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!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

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

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Michelle!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

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

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

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

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      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.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

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

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Michelle

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

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      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!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

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

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

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

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your vote!

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

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

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks you very much!

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      Priya Singh 4 years ago from US

      Really a nice one....:)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      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!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      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.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

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

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

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

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      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 :-)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      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!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit and your comment!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

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

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much! You are really kind!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

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

      Vote up and more !!!

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      kidscrafts 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

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

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      BJC 5 years ago from Florida

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

      bjc

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      kidscrafts 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for you kind comment!

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      MazioCreate 5 years ago from Brisbane Queensland Australia

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

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      kidscrafts 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you. Glad you like it.

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

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