Earth Week Project

It's no secret that I am a staunch supporter of recycling and try to live as green as possible. I believe everyone should do their part to implement life changes to help turn the Earth around for the better. We've done so much damage to the Earth already. Once it's gone, we can't replace it.

We need to teach everyone about sustainable gardening/farming (which I will talk about in another post), green living, renewable energy, and how they can take action where they live. This is what will determine the future for our children and grandchildren. Believe me, it will take everyone, not just a small portion of the population.

Some people don't care, some don't know how to help. Some don't believe in global warming or about how we're damaging the Earth at an alarming rate. Well, I care about the future of my children and grandchildren. I trust the facts. I have also noticed the changes in the temperatures and weather patterns over the years. It's extremely significant.

I've been teaching my children about green living for a long time now. It's imperative for them to understand and be enthusiastic about saving our planet.

Since everyone around the world is celebrating Earth Day this week, I decided that we are going to do a project I did in 5th grade. I created a paper mache Earth. We will do the first part today and paint tomorrow.

If this seems interesting to you, then check out the instructions below and try this with your family or students. Adult assistance and supervision is needed for this project. This is a messy project. Try to do it outside. Once we have finished, I will come back to edit this to include pictures to go along with the instructions (and will also delete this message).

Also, there are many paper mache paste recipes to choose from. I am using glue and water because it is quick and easy.

Items needed:

Large balloons
Newspapers
Scissors
White glue (for paper mache paste)
Water
Bucket or bowl (to hold the balloon)
Large bowl
Paint
Paintbrushes

Steps:

1. Inflate the balloon. Secure it in the bowl for stability.

2. Either tear or cut the newspaper into 1-inch strips. You will need enough for three layers.

3. Some people use a 1:1 (glue:water) ratio, others use 1:2, 1:4, etc. I am going to use a 1:2 ratio and add a little more or less depending on the consistency. You want the glue to have a thinner consistency to make it slick and easy for spreading. Stir it until it's smooth.

4. Dip the newspaper strips into the paper mache paste and lay them across the balloons. Smooth and continue working around the balloon until it is completely covered.

5. Repeat until three layers have been placed onto the balloon. Allow it to dry for at least 24 hours. It may even take two or three days.

6. Once dry, cut a small hole in the bottom, puncture the balloon with something sharp, like the scissors and gently pull the balloon out of the mold.

7. Using a paintbrush and paint, decorate as you wish. We will be using blue paint for first layer of paint, then we will paint continents with green, brown and white.

They don't have to be exact. Remember to have fun!

Questions/Comments? Leave them below!

Thanks for reading!

~ Crystal ~

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