Arts + Crafts Post: Montessori Planisphere Collage

Each week I send an art project to my students to do at home. I make sure to send any required materials to the parents the week before, and film all the instructions in a YouTube video to send them. Since we are celebrating Earth Day this week, I thought it would be fun to make a collage of Earth, Montessori-style!

Here are all the materials you will need:

The only items not pictured here are: a little container for the glue, and a piece of string or twine to turn this collage into a lovely ornament after completed.

We used torn construction paper pieces to make a collage on top of a planet Earth template. I had thought about just using blue and green, but decided using the continent colors from the Planisphere map would make this activity much more Montessori! This means you will need the following paper colors:

  • Orange – North America
  • Pink – South America
  • Yellow – Asia
  • Red – Europe
  • Green – Africa
  • White – Antarctica
  • Brown – Australia
  • Blue – for the oceans

And FYI, you won’t need very much of each color (except maybe blue), because the template is not very big. I found an excellent printable for this from The Helpful Garden’s blogspot. She has tons of amazing (and free!) materials. Click here to download the Planisphere template. I definitely recommend printing this template onto cardstock paper for this project. This template is great for pencil coloring or watercolor work, as well!

Before starting the collage, make sure you cut out each half of the world. I also opted to use liquid Elmer’s glue and apply it with a paintbrush for precision. I think using a glue stick with this activity would get a little too messy.

After you’ve filled in the world with construction paper, glue the two pieces together, back to back. Punch a hole in the top, loop a piece of twine through, and you have a super cute ornament just like this:

Even though the end product is beautiful, this is definitely more of a process-centered art project. There’s just something so cathartic about making a collage. And this activity provides lots of fine motor skill opportunities for little hands! Tearing, cutting, gluing, stringing. Plus, it gives an opportunity to refresh your little one on the Continent names! Hang this in your child’s room. It looks adorable, your child will feel proud of the artwork they’ve created, and it will give you an excuse to touch on geography every day!

Definitely make sure you check out my video instructions on this, and take a peek at the other videos on my YouTube channel!

Hope you all have a lovely day! Thanks for stopping by and getting creative with me!