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DIY Montessori sandpaper globe

The sandpaper globe is a geography material in the primary 3-6 classroom. It is used to teach a child about the earths make up of land and water. At a quick glance you might think well it's simpler than a normal adult globe so why is it more expensive? Weather you can't justify the price or simply can't afford to, this DIY option I did will come in at under half the going price of a sandpaper globe!

Firstly let's talk supplies and it's a short list!

Small child sized globe, the traditional one is 16", we used a 14" one.

Acrylic paint, blue and white

Play sand

That is all! Now for use I already had the acrylic paint because I had bought this small set for making a DIY Continent globe. We also already had play sand because we are getting warmer weather now. So the only extra thing I had to buy was this globe.

Firstly I painted all the water with the blue acrylic paint and let it dry. It's a simple start, but detail is key and it will take a little while to do.

Now the choice is yours weather to do a second coat now, or at the end. I ended up not bothering with a second coat because I had already the continent globe which I knew would be used for much longer than the sandpaper globe.

Then comes the messy part, the sand. I started this with craft glue and sand and I did a fair amount before I realised the clear glue not only made it extremely difficult to see where I was putting it, but was also actually separating on the surface and so most of the sand wasn't stuck!

So then I went at it with a wet wipe (Is there anything a wet wipe can't be used for?) and took off all the patchy gluey sand and started again, but with the paint.

So I painted each continent with white acrylic paint, which was much easier because I could see what I had and hadn't done and had longer before it started to dry, and then poured the play sand on. I did one continent at a time.

The reason I used play sand is because it's child safe, and also because it's very fine so it wasn't clumpy and patchy.

In hindsight I DEFINATELY should of done a second coat of the white acrylic paint before putting the sand on because you can still see some colour through the sand.

But all in all, the sandpaper globe is a relatively short lived material that I managed to DIY for half the price. It doesn't look perfect (far from it if we're honest) but it is fit for purpose and will do it's job for the short time we will need it.

The DIY continent globe turned out much better in my opinion, but i'll let you be the judge of that!

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I believe Montessori is for everybody, I want to help everyone bring a little more Montessori into their homes and lives.

Montessoraus mama. x

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