Sunday, May 26, 2024

Global Pumpkins

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 7-11

Trying to teach latitude and longitude, or maybe trying to teach the physical geography of the earth? Here is a fun and easy way to teach it.

You have to do it in the fall / autumn, around Halloween, though, in order to get pumpkins!

First, ask the kids to each bring a pumpkin, not too small and not too big! Then go and get some paint. Ask the kids to bring a paint shirt so they don’t get paint on their clothes. Have them paint on the continents, each different colours, but leave the oceans orange.

You can either have the longitude lines as the lines on the pumpkin, or you can paint them on. To paint the latitude and longitude lines, use puffy paint (Fabric Paint) so it is seen easily. Let them dry, then grade them!

Kids will have a blast! Think of it this way. They’ll be the only ones on the block with a “Global Pumpkin!”

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