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Papier-Mâché Globe
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Celebrate Columbus Day with this handmade globe!

This activity is appropriate for:
1st - 4th grade / 6 - 10 years

You will need:


  1. To prepare the project: Tear strips of newspaper about 1 inch wide, and blow up and tie a round balloon for each child or group. (Note: If each child has his own balloon, this project can be very time-consuming, so having students work together in small groups is recommended.)
  2. Have students apply papier-mâché to the balloon by dipping strips of newspaper into the water-flour mixture, wiping off the excess, and wrapping the strips around the surface of the balloon. Instruct students to cover the surface completely at least three times. Let it dry overnight. The balloon can then be burst and will tear itself away from the inside of the dried globe.
  3. Have students paint the entire surface of their globes with a layer of blue paint.
  4. Print out the Continent Outlines Template provided and have students color and cut out each continent.
  5. Show students a globe of the Earth and help them glue their continents in the appropriate location on their balloon globes. Encourage students to mark an “X” on the location where they live!

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Pilgrim Hats
Turkey Place Card Holders
Colorful Cornucopia
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Pin the Tail on the Turkey
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Holiday Treats Gift Bag
Holiday Scrapbook
Decorative Gift Tags
Gingerbread Man Notepads
Holiday Card
Holiday Card Stand
Holiday Candle Holder
Holiday Snack Sticks
Celebration Candle
Candy Cane Ornament

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New Year’s Hat
New Year’s Rocket
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Giant Valentine
Chinese New Year Parade
Chinese New Year Drums
Handprint Heart Frame Photos
Valentine’s Day Door Wreath
Valentine Mobile
Valentine’s Day Card
Valentine Tic–Tac–Toe
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Valentine Mailbox
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Valentine Necklace
Valentine Caterpillar
Valentine Learning Centers
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Rainbow “Pot of Gold”
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“Red Fish, Blue Fish” Fishbowl
Leprechaun Hat Pencil Holder
Saint Patrick’s Day Pop-Up Card
Shimmering Shamrocks
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Recycled Robots
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Reusable Earth Day Bags

Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day Puzzle Photo Frame
3-D Mother’s Day Card
Mother’s Day Tea
Mother’s Day Bouquet
Mother’s Day Teacup Cards
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Bear Hug Mother’s Day Card
May Day Basket

Father’s Day
Father’s Day Card
Father’s Day Trophy
Father’s Day Frames
Father’s Day CD Photo Coaster
Shirt & Tie Father’s Day Card

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Star-Studded Napkin Rings
Patriotic Noisemakers
Foam Star Paper Chains
A Flag Day Parade
Independence Day Drum
Fourth of July Firecrackers
Uncle Sam Hat
Star-Spangled Shaker
Stars & Stripes Place Mat

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Grandparents Day Card

October Holidays
Spooky Spiders
Halloween Countdown Calendar
Handprint Bat Hats
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