Egg Carton Challenge: The Earth

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We created an Earth from egg cartons. First, we tore apart and cut up the cartons.
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Then we grabbed green and blue paint, a few brushes and set up our activity table.
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Then we painted the cartons and let them dry.
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In the meantime, we painted a big circle on a piece of poster board by mixing all sorts of colors together to create a base color for our Earth. My son painted away and I refined the edges a bit. You could also use tape to allow your kids to go crazy with the painting while keeping the “integrity” of the circle.
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Once the egg cartons were dry, we trimmed them to make gluing a bit easier.
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Then we got out brushes and glue. My son started spreading the glue all over the poster board.
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Then we glued the egg cartons in no particular design onto the poster board. The green pieces were glued on opening faced down, the blue pieces were glued opposite to get a better sense of the deep blue oceans. There were more blue pieces than green pieces.
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Then we waited (again)…

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I ended up using an X-Acto knife and cutting a square around the Earth and then displaying it. There are a variety of ways you could display. Given that I have an almost 3 year old and a 15 month old, I am really happy with the result.

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As a side note, we used the torn up egg carton as a bonus sensory experience, particularly with our younger son. The Earth itself is a tactile experience.

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Comments

  1. Oh, I love this. What a beautiful multi-sensory earth day activity!
    Deborah recently posted…Egg carton challenge: painting bubblesMy Profile

  2. What a wonderful Earth Day project! I love the modern feel of it.
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  3. I love your spin on the egg carton challenge. Great way to tie into Earth Day too!
    Rebekah recently posted…Egg Carton Math – Tinkerlab Creative ChallengeMy Profile

  4. What a lovely Earth and perfect for Earth Day as well as the egg carton challenge.
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  5. Hey Kids Co-op buddy! I love how tactile your Earth is – and a perfect upcycle too :)

  6. Love the use of egg cartons to create Earth!! Have featured it on my blog for this week’s Kids Co-op. Thanks for sharing!!
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  7. I love this! Upcycled, textured, and beautiful! I am featuring this tomorrow on Growing A Jeweled Rose. Drop by and check it out!
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  8. Great post, thanks for the inspiration, My boy will love this! I’ll be sure to come back for more inspiring activities to do with him. Thanks again!

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