Wednesday, 18 August 2010

The Planets - part 3, layers of the earth

I saw this idea on The Learning Ark a while ago and have been itching to do it, Ebi-kun's recent interest in the planets gave me the perfect excuse. To start with I printed out these cards and had Ebi-kun working with them whilst I got to work making playdoh. I halved the quantity for each batch and made blue, green, brown (looked more like elephant dung) orange, red and yellow. I didn't manage to take pictures whilst we made the globe since it was a two person job. Ebi-kun rolled out each colour then I wrapped it round and made it into a ball. The finished earth was pretty impressive.

 I admit that the continents were not very accurate and I might have wiped out a complete nation or two!
 Before we cut it open we reviewed the layers of the earth, I squashed it a bit when I cut it, oh well, you get the idea! We kept it in a ziplock bag so daddy to could see it when he got home, actually, it is still on the side board!


  1. That is absolutely stunning! Great idea. I hope you don't mind but I borrowed a lot of your ideas and now, one more! Love the way you teach!

  2. Now that is super cool! (I hope you put New Zealand on there!) ;)

  3. We did this too and loved it - thanks for the idea!

  4. Came here from Choxbox' blog.

    And WOW!

  5. I saw this on One Pretty Thing and I think it's amazing. Can't wait to try this with my little ones.

  6. I love this activity - and think it would be great for multi-level learning in a homeschool! It's a wonderful follow-up activity for Earth Day! I featured your post at Please feel free to pick up a featured-on button from the tab at the top of my blog.

  7. That looked yummy! I actually thought it was a cupcake! haha Thanks for sharing!

  8. I know what you mean, when you say itching to do it... I was itching too since I saw it 2 weeks ago. So we finally did it today.....modelling clay is stiffer, so I hope ours lasts some time while we are working on this unit and later too (Hopefully:)) We did ours as a joint project.
    I would love to know what you think

  9. I was actually surprised to find your comment on my blog minutes after I commented on your blog :) Looks like we were both doing the same thing at the same time. Thanks for letting me know you dropped by. I appreciate it.


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