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Create a Globe


Social Science

Brief Description
Students create globes using balloons, papier mch, and other common materials.


Students create a globe from common materials. Students demonstrate ability to follow directions.


geography, papier mch, balloon, newspaper

Materials Needed

  • a large plastic bowl
  • flour
  • water
  • salt
  • a spoon
  • plastic wrap or another cover for the bowl
  • a globe
  • sheets of newspaper
  • several small bowls (one bowl per group)
  • balloon (one per student)
  • blue tissue paper
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • markers
  • world maps (optional)
  • glue

    Lesson Plan

    Before the lesson, save newspapers or have students collect newspapers and bring them to class. This lesson should be completed over two days.

    Day 1

    • Prepare the papier mch mixture in the large bowl by combining 1 part flour, 2 parts water, and 1-2 tablespoons of salt. Mix well to a consistency of thick glue. Cover the bowl to prevent the mixture from drying out.
    • Show students a globe. Discuss the items on the globe. Tell students they are going to work in small groups to create their own globes.
    • Arrange students into small groups. Have students cover their desks with sheets of newspaper.
    • Distribute balloons, papier mch mixture in small bowls, and blue tissue paper. Let students blow up their balloons and help them tie knots in the balloons.
    • Help students cover the balloons with the papier mch mixture and then put blue tissue paper over the papier mch mixture. Let the globes dry overnight.

    Day 2

    • Tell students to get in their Day 1 groups. Distribute the construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers to each group.
    • Tell students to look at the globe or a world map. Have students cut out, color, and label the continents and glue them onto their globes. Tell students to also make labels for the major oceans.

    Variation: Have students paint their globes blue instead of using blue tissue paper.
    Extension: Have students draw and label the equator and the international date line on their globes.


    Evaluate students' participation and ability to follow directions to complete the activity.

    Lesson Plan Source

    Education World

    Submitted By

    Lois Lewis

    National Standards

    Social Sciences:

    Visual Arts: