How to Use a Globe for an Earth Day Activity

There are many things to celebrate about our planet, including the different places where people live. Using a globe to explore distances between countries, regions, cities, and towns around the world can help bring awareness of the size of our planet and how much it has to offer. Here is one way you can have fun using a globe for an Earth Day activity.

Earth Day activity using a globe - Preschool Toolkit

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A globe provides a unique way of looking at our world.  A globe allows us to observe how rivers and lakes, islands and peninsulas, and even borders crisscross and divide the planet.

Kids will also learn how the earth is made up of many different areas of land and water, as distinguished by the different colors and patterns on the globe.

With options such as shape, color and texture, a globe is fun and interesting way to view our world.

This Earth Day activity provides a hands-on opportunity for kids to explore distances between places around the world where people live.



Earth Day activity using a globe - Preschool Toolkit


Supplies for Earth Day activity
  • globe
  • modeling clay
  • cardstock
  • dot stickers
  • marker
  • ruler



Earth Day activity using a globe - Preschool Toolkit


Instructions for Earth Day activity

1. Choose a starting point or "home" to place a dot sticker. Place more dots on various locations around the globe. The places you choose may be the result of ongoing discussions or teaching opportunities, or simply random choices.


Use modeling clay and a globe for an Earth Day activity


2. Make strips with the modelling clay by rubbing the clay between your palms, or with one palm rolling the clay out on a table. The resulting strips may be thick or thin, according to how each child works with the clay.

3. Place a clay strip on the globe to link your starting point with one other dot. Continue linking all the dots to the "home" dot with clay strips. This will take some trial and error rolling the clay to get the lengths just right!


Earth Day activity using a globe - Preschool Toolkit


4. Carefully transfer the strips of modelling clay to a simple graph drawn on card stock.

5. Observe the results!


Small group activities
  • Observe the design of the modelling clay on the globe before transferring the strips of clay to the graph paper.
  • Predict which country/state/city is farthest away.
  • Once the clay is placed on the graph, determine the shortest and longest distances.
  • Talk about how you might travel from one place to another.


Use globes and maps as hands-on tools that can help kids become aware of the breadth of the planet on which they live. 

It's exciting to learn that Earth is a home to many people both near and far!


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