A pinteresting Earth day globe for preschoolers

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on April 17, 2013

in A DIY Globe, DIY, Earth Day Fine Motor, motor skills

I just had to use the word Pinterest in this post because this is truly an activity for preschool pinning! In our continued celebration of Earth day, the children explored a rather unique DIY globe…

A Pinteresting Earth Day Globe by  Teach Preschool

I thought I had a real globe somewhere in my stuff but after searching my house, garage, and classroom closet – there was no globe to be found. I headed over to Walmart to see if I could buy one at about 10:00 at night just to be told that they only sell globes during the holidays. So I went to plan B and painted a Styrofoam ball with blue spray paint (in the dark – in my driveway) to make my own globe . To make my globe spin, I set it on a lazy Suzie and had a perfectly simple DIY spinning globe (two of them actually) for the kids to explore…

A Pinteresting Earth Day Globe by  Teach Preschool

I am not artistic enough to actually paint symbols or shapes on the globe so I made up a set of pictures that would be familiar to the children of things we should take care of in our world and set out the pictures, pushpins, and my DIY globes on the table for the children to explore…

A Pinteresting Earth Day Globe by  Teach Preschool

And explore they did! The globes stayed spinning and the children stayed pinning all morning long. They pinned suns, fish, water, stars, flowers, and more to our globes…

A Pinteresting Earth Day Globe by  Teach Preschool

The children  loved this more than I would have predicted which is always super cool (especially after staying up much too late to get it all ready)…

A Pinteresting Earth Day Globe by  Teach Preschool

In the photo below, you will see a little girl and a spider on two of the circles. I also created a blank set of circles so the children could add their own objects to the globes. I drew the little girl and told the kids that this was a picture of me. So what did the kids do? They spent the entire morning sticking pins in me – they thought that was super funny! I heard “Look Mrs. Stewart – I just stuck you!”…

A Pinteresting Earth Day Globe by  Teach Preschool

The process of pushing the pushpins in and then taking them out of the globe was fascinating to the kids. We talked about making sure all the pushpins stayed on the tray when not in use and if one should drop on the floor to stop, drop and pick it up right away! The kids did a terrific job and all the pushpins stayed on the tray…

A Pinteresting Earth Day Globe by  Teach Preschool

For the children who wanted to make and take a globe home with them, we set out construction paper circles and the extra paper circles for a little cut and paste activity on the other side of the table…

A Pinteresting Earth Day Globe by  Teach Preschool

The children had their choice of drawing what they wanted to go on their globes or using the pictures I had made…

A Pinteresting Earth Day Globe by  Teach Preschool

Between all the writing, cutting, pinning, and gluing going on – we had LOTS of fine motor skill building happening all around…

A Pinteresting Earth Day Globe by  Teach Preschool

I have provided the Earth day circle drawings I made as a PDF – to download a copy, click here!

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