How to Make a 3 Dimensional Model of the Earth

by Sarah Clark
Decorate a Styrofoam ball to make a model Earth.

Decorate a Styrofoam ball to make a model Earth.

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Learning the shapes of the continents and their locations on Earth is an important part of understanding geography. It is also useful when learning about the planets in the solar system, as it allows students to perceive the differences in the planets' surface appearance. Constructing a three-dimensional model of the Earth is a hands-on learning experience.

Items you will need

  • Newspaper
  • Map or globe for reference
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Blue, green and white tempera paint
  • Stencil brush
  • Paint brush
Step 1

Create a safe work surface by spreading newspaper out onto table.

Step 2

Paint the Styrofoam ball using the blue tempera paint and stencil brush. Cover the surface of the ball with paint by scrubbing the brush into the Styrofoam. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 3

Paint the shapes of North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and any large islands onto the ball using the green tempera paint and paint brush. Exclude Greenland from this step. Use a map or globe for reference when drawing the continents' shapes.

Step 4

Paint the shape of Antarctica on the bottom of the ball and Greenland in its place between North America and Europe near the top of the ball using the white tempera paint and paint brush.

About the Author

Sarah Clark has been writing since 1997, with work appearing in Northern Arizona University's "Student Life Organization Newsletter." She holds a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in art history from Northern Arizona University.

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