DIY Oceans Globe

This month we were focusing on Ocean animals.  I’ve never seen an globe of the world oceans for sale on any Montessori site but the Keys of the World albums mentions it.  However, I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to make and it wasn’t.

I started off with a globe I got from Dollarama and acrylic paints from there too.

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I started with painting the oceans.  I had two shades of blue and I made other shades by adding white.  I referred to this map to know where the oceans were and the globe had longitude and latitude lines on it.  I followed the 60 degrees south line for the Southern Ocean.

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The painting is rather tedious going around the edges and islands.  I suggest you have a small brush.  Since the globe’s finish was shiny it didn’t stick well.  I did two coats but it could have used 3.

Next I painted the land brown.

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By now it was 11:30pm (thus only 2 coats not 3) and I let it dry overnight.  The next morning I applied two coats of Modge Podge to seal it.  It turned out rather well and was so inexpensive.  You could easily make your own continents globe.  Just remember to use the Montessori continent colours so it’ll match the World puzzle.

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Land, Air and Water

We’ve been doing a unit on Land, Air and Water.  I incorporated many different materials and the kids loved it.

I showed them the Sandpaper globe and talked about how the earth is made up of land and water.  Children love feeling the roughness of the Sandpaper globe.  Then I got a few Land form trays out and filled them with coloured water.  We talked about land versus water and traced the shoreline with our fingers.  Then the kids played with some small boats and cars.

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I downloaded these Land, Air, Water sorting cards from Montessori Print Shop.  In a group we’d sort them under the headings.  The 2 year olds had a little trouble with things that go on the land.  The 3 year olds had no problem at all.

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And you can’t leave out the sensory play.  I purchased something I’ve had my eye on for a long long time – Kinetic Sand.  This stuff is awesome.  You can see a video of it here.  I put in some cars and trees and animals.

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Another day we played with water and ocean animals and vehicles that go in the water.  One child was playing in the water up to her arm pits lol.

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This can later be incorporated into learning about land forms or about how plants grow.