Happy Earth Day! We love celebrating this historic day with our children to help them become stewards of our great planet.
This simple craft is a wonderful way to engage your children in creativity while discussing our world with them.
Join us in helping raise the next generation of environmentalists today and every day.
Materials You'll Need
- 3-4 pieces of green and blue tissue paper
- One balloon
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup water
- A chunky paint brush
Prepare Your Paste and Paper
Combine 1 part flour with 1 part water. Thoroughly mix until there are no lumps. 1/4 cup of each should be enough to complete two globes, but add more water if your paste is too thick.
Rip one piece of your base color into thick strips, roughly 3-4 inches wide. Blow up your balloon to the size you want. Use a mug to hold your globe in place while you work.
Use your chunky paintbrush to coat the back of your tissue paper strips. Apply a light layer to avoid from overloading or ripping your tissue paper.
Place your paper, glue side down, onto your balloon. Allow the form to fold and create a natural texture.
Repeat this step, covering your whole globe in your base color.
Rip the remaining paper into 1-inch strips and use them to create a second and third layer of crinkled paper. We let our globe dry overnight after this step to ensure our base was sturdy enough, but you may skip this and continue to the next step.
Rip your contrasting color into thin strips and scrunch them up. Apply the paste directly to your base and stick these strips onto the globe to create the water.
Use paste along the edges to make sure they are firmly adhered and leave to dry.
When fully dry, pull the small piece of the balloon out and cut a hole into it. Allow the balloon to deflate and carefully pull it out of the opening. Cut two small holes near the opening at the top of your globe.
Use string to hang your globes around the house or out in the garden for your Earth Day celebration!