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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Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and WhattoExpect.com.
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  1. says

    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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