Earth Day is April 22nd, so right around the corner! Every year in my Kindergarten class I used to make these paper mache Earth’s… It was a bit of an undertaking, but with lots of parents to help I was able to do it. I tell you this because if you are afraid to paper mache with your children, just remember we did it with 20 children! So here’s the scoop:
Newspaper cut into strips,
Paper mache paste (recipe below)
Blue and Green Paint (I used tempera)
Blow up the balloon to the desired shape. The bigger you blow the balloon the more oval shaped it will turn, I tried to keep mine relatively small and round. The goal of paper mache is to cover the entire balloon with the paste coated newspaper strips so GO! I try to help the kids keep their strips flat (not crumpled) and smooth. I also try to show them how to dip their strip in the paste and then pinch the strip and slide your fingers down to drain off any excess paste. Once the entire balloon is covered you will need to let it dry for a day or even longer :). You can hang it by the balloon tie to dry it, set it in a cup, or lay it flat turning it often so all sides dry. Once the paper mache is dry you can take a marker and draw a rough estimate of the continents on your globe. I do this just so they know where to paint. I then have them paint the blue first outside of all the continents. We let this dry before painting the green… Waiting a day is ideal, but the paint will dry rather quickly…. Once they are done you can pop the balloon on the inside or just leave it to deflate on it’s own. Viola, an Earth to last a lifetime!
*** I always put a little white glue in with my paste, just makes me feel better about it, but it ISN’T necessary!
Mix one part flour in with two parts water… then add some white glue (optional)… Stir until pastey adding more flour or water if needed!