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.
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.
Then we waited (again)…
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.
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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