A Child’s Geography
Explore His Earth
Ann Voskamp
“Go into all the world…”
~ Mark16:15
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Summary : Readers get to know what's under our feet, over our heads and in the world around
us: the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, and then how to get around this world:
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Explore His Earth
Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 4
Travel Thoughts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 5
1. Auntie Em, There is no Place like Home!
Introduction to His World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 9
2. Peeling an Onion
The Lower Atmosphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 19
3. Falling Through the Sky
The Upper Atmosphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 31
4. Puzzle Directions
The Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 43
5. The Swirling, Living Soup in My Daddy’s Hands
The Oceans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 57
6. The Woodstove that Heats Up Everything
Outside My Window
Seasons, Climate and Weather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 73
7. Getting to the Core of the Matter
The Structure of Earth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 91
8. Singing and Dancing and Praising God!
Plate Tectonics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 105
9. Stresses, Faults and Explosions!
Earthquakes and Volcanoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 119
10. God’s Great Sky Signs and Imaginary Lines
Latitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 135
11. God’s Great Sky Signs and Imaginary Lines
Longitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 149
Bags Are Packed . . . Again! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 165
Geography Copywork, Postcard Templates and Maps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CD-ROM

I love books. When I was a kid I wanted to be a librarian because I thought librarians
spent their days reading all those books on their shelves. When I found out they
didn’t, I wanted to be a teacher so I could read all those books. Thus, when the Lord
blessed us with our own little circle of children, what better way to spend my days
than with the kids and good books?
Old books are like good friends. Seton and Burgess and Holling…and Hillyer. Lots
of Hillyer. We would trek out with Hillyer through his book, A Child’s Geography of the
World, exploring His world from the couch. We appreciated how Hillyer spoke
directly to us, how we developed a relationship with the author himself, how he
romped through the world, teaching us along the way. But we always had questions.
Was it still that way in that country today? How had those cities, those people changed? We wanted
to know what the world was like now. And we wanted to see His Hand in it all for
the Earth and everything in it is His.
Thus this project…A Child's Geography: Exploring His Earth is about getting to
know what is under our feet, over our heads and in the world around us the
atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the lithosphere and then how to get around this
world maps, latitude and longitude. All the while, seeing Him everywhere.
These pages are, in some ways, really like exploring and scouting out various routes
before a grand trip! While surveying the grand scheme of things, the sciences of His
Earth, our appetite is whetted for the real march out, the countries of this Earth. The
anticipation builds as we learn about the workings and the ways of His Earth. Then,
when we have our bearings, we keenly set out to explore Earth's countries. (We look
forward to beginning our trip around His globe at the beginning, with Him…in the
Holy Land…and then trek through the countries of our world today, following the
same path of our chronological study of history and times past.)
I’ve gathered our children around and we are thinking it looks a perfect day to go
scouting. Care to join us on a glorious geographical adventure?
Islands and peninsulas, continents and capes,
Dromedaries, cassowaries, elephants and apes,
Rivers, lakes and waterfalls, whirlpools and the sea,
Valley-beds and mountain-tops — are all Geography!
~Eleanor Farjeon

A few travel thoughts before embarking
There is nothing nicer than curling up with a good book….and your children.
You are invited.
Come. Snuggle. Explore. Discover. Delight.
Worship our Creator.
May I invite you to call the children, grab a blanket, and together begin the journey? If
possible, read each chapter’s main adventure text at one sitting. Then wrap up your
read-aloud time with the notebooking segment, the writing of your postcard home.
Then, at the next sitting, you may choose to take up the segments “Reaching out To
His World” and try one (or both!) of the “Too-Fun-To-Resist Excursions.”
Dividing the chapter into two sittings will keep your young geographer fresh and will
encourage them to revisit the adventure in their minds when they return for the second
sitting. (If you really don’t think you will return for the second sitting, please be sure to
then conclude your one reading with “Reaching out to His World.” This segment is
of the utmost importance. (See below for more information.)
Dividing your travels through A Child’s Geography into two readings like this allows
for various scheduling options. You may want to take up your geographical excursions
twice per week, reading the chapter and notebooking on one day. Then, later in the
week, returning to that adventure’s “Reaching Out to His World” segment and the
activity excursions. Or you may choose to embark on your geographical adventure only
once per week, thus reading the chapter and notebooking one week and returning for
the activities and “Reaching Out to His World” the following week.
Throughout the text are narration prompts: Tell the folks at home all about it! You
may want to role-play a phone call with your young geographer for these narration
prompts, you holding the phone, asking the narration questions, and your young
geographer responding on his/her phone. Encourage your geographers to narrate
whatever they recall. If, however, he/she seems at a loss, choose one or two of the
Memory Joggers to kindle a more glowing narration. But give a child time to generate
their own re-telling. Memory Joggers may also be used to highlight key discoveries of
the adventure. Again, the narration prompts are merely guides to encourage a narration.
It is best for learning and long-term memory to wait patiently and allow your young
geographer to reconstruct the narration on his or her own. The Memory Joggers are
guideposts to help map the way.

Travelers will be writing of their adventures on oversized, large pieces of cardstock.
Postcard templates are available for you on the CD-ROM. It probably would be most
convenient if you cut out a stack of a dozen oversized cards now large enough so the
geographer can write/notebook lots, small enough so as not to overwhelm the traveler
with all that space to fill. You know your geographer best—cut the cardstock
Ask any world traveler if they don’t log their journeys in a journal, so many
details of the trip slip away, forever lost in a sea of long-forgotten memories.
Don’t let that happen. It only takes a moment to hand your geographer a pencil and piece
of cardstock and get the adventure written down. (Or you may have your geographer
orally narrate the postcard to you as you jot it down for them.) Even one or two lines of
writing are better than neglecting the postcard entirely. Notebooking on a postcard after
each adventure will deeply enrich your geographer’s experience. You can do this!
Knowledge without love is an empty, heartbreaking gong. It would be a very sad state if
our young geographers knew much of His world…but had hearts that were indifferent
to the people with whom we share our home. What are we without love? As a teacher
or parent nurturing the learning of children, it may be tempting to read the main text of
each chapter and then omit the “Reaching Out” segment. May I gently exhort you to
not only read through this segment in each chapter, but to follow through on its
encouragements. We are called to be Christ’s hands and heart to a hurting world. Let’s
not fail Him!
Reading lists have been included at the end of every chapter. These titles are only
suggested to supplement A Child’s Geography. None are necessary. Your library
may be a wonderful resource for more titles. Books from a creationist standpoint have
been noted as such on the reading list. I encourage you to peruse all books before
sharing with your young geographer. Some titles may have had wonderful graphics that
are most beneficial, while the text may not uphold God as Creator. Weigh the balance,
and, knowing your own geographers and family situation, trust your own discernment.
The optional activities are just that—optional. The text of each chapter is the
substance, or the “meat”, of the learning. The activities are simply supplemental, or
“dessert.” Please do not feel obligated to do the activities. Each of the “Too-Fun-To-
Resist Excursions” were chosen because, Lord willing, they extended the learning of
that chapter’s adventure, they were simple and practically doable for a teacher with many
responsibilities and they were fun! Your young geographers may well be able to set
out on many of the excursions by themselves. And if you can resist the excursions, you
still will have enjoyed a grand adventure nonetheless!

Geography Copywork for each chapter is included on the CD-ROM. Encourage your
geographers to copy out the definitions, Scripture, appropriate hymns and poetrythat
correspond with the chapter reading. Not only will doing so solidify knowledge
discovered, expand your geographer’s horizons, and give further written record to the
journey, the act of transcribing has far-reaching language arts benefits. Determine which
combination of notebooking and copywork will work best for your family. Again, do
not feel obligated to do it all. The copywork selections may also be used for
Recollections---reviewing and recalling previous adventures!
Often review your postcards on a ring to recall past travels—perhaps before adding a
new postcard, briefly review past explorations. Feel free to briefly review the definitions
of past travels (from the copywork section on the CD-ROM) before heading out on
your next adventure. Consistent trips down memory lane of past chapters will keep the
adventures and knowledge fresh---and soon those discoveries will be a natural part of
your geographers’ tales!
With the traveling details now nicely attended to, I invite you to step on board to
memorable adventures across His glorious globe! Hold on to your hats, folks His
world will take your breath away! And don’t forget to drop a postcard in the mail, telling
the folks at home all about it!
“The whole earth is full of
His glory!”
~Isaiah 6:3

Adventure Notes

Chapter 1
Have you ever pulled an old blanket over a
table, dragged in some pillows and stuffed
friends and stood back to admire your new
home? Or hammered together some planks of
wood high up in a tree, then climbed up
amongst the leafy branches and called it
Home is where we all belong, a place we come
back to, a place just for us.
Perhaps you call home a secluded cabin
tucked away in quiet woods? An apartment
overlooking the twinkling lights of the city? A
hut squatting on stilts in a tangle of jungle clearing? A floating boat, docked at
the end of a pier?
Every person, everywhere, has a home.
Once when my little brother was at the zoo, he got lost, and couldn’t find his
way home. And a kind man stopped to ask the teary-eyed little fellow where
his home was. What did it look like? How big was it? Did he know the name of
the people who lived in his home?
Do you think he responded something like this?
“My home is held up in the middle of space. Home is like a big, round ball,
slowly turning so every twelve hours it soaks in warm sunshine and then
sleeps the next 12 hours in darkness. My home is so big more than 6 billion
people, speaking several thousand languages, live there along with lions and
parrots and beluga whales and polar bears and pythons. And there are 350
million cubic miles of water to sail about right in my home!”
If my brother had explained his home like that, wouldn’t the man have been
most surprised? He would have wanted to know WHO could make a home like

My brother would have said, “God made a home like that! He made it not with
wood and nails, or bricks and mortar, but simply by speaking the earth into
being. He spoke the words, “Let there be light. Let there be a firmament in the
midst of the waters, and let it divide
the waters from the waters” (Gen. 1)
and there was my homeEARTH!”
Earth is home to all people
everywhere. And God made our
home like no other home that has
ever been made! Would you like a
brief tour of our home?
If you do, that makes you a
geographer! What is a geographer?
Someone like yousomeone who
wants to explore our home, Earth, to
ask questions about what is under
our feet and over our heads, to ask
why some areas of our home look so
very different from other areas, and to
meet all the different kinds of people
who live in your home with you!
Geographers study geography. The
word “geography” comes from the
Greek language and simply means “to write about the earth.” So, together, let’s
be geographers and write about God’s home for us, Earth!
While your home has a front door, and maybe a back door, perhaps an
upstairs or a downstairs, the home God made for us has no front or back, top
or bottom. That is because our earth is like a big ball. Geographers (like you
and me) refer to earth as a “sphere” because in Latin “sphere” means “ball.
While I could see your home from the street, you can’t see the home God made
for us by standing back a little. The home God made for us is much bigger
than just what you see outside your window, bigger than what is down your
street, bigger even than what is across your country. The home God made for
us is STUPENDOUSLY HUGE!! So huge, we can’t really see it all! That sounds
strange, doesn’t it?
Have you ever laid your forehead against someone else’s forehead and looked
into their eyes? What did they look like? They looked like ALL eyes, didn’t
they? You were so close to their eyes, you didn’t even see their toes, did you?
But what if you ran to the very far end of the street and looked back at the
same person? Wouldn’t that same person who was once ALL eyes, now seem
very small? You wouldn’t be able to see their eyes, or even their toes, now.
But now you could see the whole shape of the person.
This is a copy of the very first picture ever taken of
the whole of our Earthly home. Photographed some
30,000 km. (18,641 miles) out in space, south is at
the top while North America is in the bottom right.

When you look out your window, and see our earth, that is much like looking
eye to eye with another person. You are so close to earth, you can’t see all the
parts of our home. If you wanted to see more of our earth you would have to go
further than the end of your street, further away from earth even than an
airplane. You would have to go way, way, WAY back into outer space to see
our home, Earth, it is so big.
Just how big is Earth? Are you ready for some VERY astounding numbers?
Let’s say there was one flat path all around the world. Then say you stuck a
flag in the dirt and began walking down that long path around our home of
Earth. If you walked ten long hours every day, you might cover slightly more
than 22 miles (35 km.) every day. If you did that every single day, rain or
shine, until you walked back to your flag, you would have walked the 24,860
miles (39,990 km.) all the way around Earth! Not only is that one very long
walk, but you would be almost 3 years older—and have worn out a LOT of
The surface area, how much area our earth takes up, is 196,951,000 square
miles (316,894,000 km.)! That means you would have to have 733 states of
Texas to fill up this home God made for us!
Do you know how heavy our home is? The mass of Earth is a whopping 6.6
billion trillion tons (6 trillion trillion kilograms)! That is how much 1,100
million, million, million elephants would weigh!! Imagine the bathroom scale
reading that ENORMOUS number!
God has made us a very impressive home, don’t you think? To think that it
was made simply by God’s command! The Bible says that our world was not
created through natural processes but directly by God Himself: “…[T]he
worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not
made out of things which are visible” (Heb. 11:3). That means that
everything you see around you came into being from things that can’t be seen!
Everything you see came into being by God’s words! And that was how our
home called Earth was made!

A home for us all, created by the WORD of His mouth!
Tell the folks at home all about it!
What a home we live in! Tell us everything you know about
your home of earth! (Memory Joggers: What is the shape of
our home? How many people live in this home? What do we
call people who write about Earth? Why is Earth referred to
as a “sphere”? Tell me about how big and massive our Earth is. How did our
home of Earth come into being?) There truly is no place like our home!
I have never gone so far back, all the way to outer space in a rocket, and looked
back at our home! Neither have you! (But maybe someday you will have such
an incredible experience to gaze upon the beauty of Earth from up in a space
ship! For now, we must be satisfied with pictures.)
But there are men and women,
called astronauts, who have flown
some 370 miles (595 km.) way up
into the universe on a space craft.
Pressing their faces against the
windows of the space shuttle, they
have peered down at our home,
Earth. How do you picture what
our home looks like? Can you
describe it?
An American Astronaut named
Edgar Mitchell described Earth
from space as “a sparkling blue
and white jewel, a light,
delicate sky-blue sphere laced
with slowly swirling veils of
white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black
mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth ….
Isn’t it strange that Astronaut Mitchell had lived his whole life in his home but
when he saw it from space, he didn’t quite recognize it at first?! He had
probably never thought of his home looking like a shimmering jewel in an
ocean of blackness! Did you think our home looked like that?
A Saudi Arabian Prince and astronaut, Sultan Bin Salmon Al-Saud, said this
when looking down at our world from space, “The first day or so, we
(astronauts) all pointed to our (different) countries. The third or fourth
day, we were pointing to our continents. By the fifth day, we were aware
of only one Earth.” Think of it---only one Earth, one home for all of us.

Another American Astronaut described Earth like “a Christmas tree
ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and
farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a
marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful,
warm, living object looked so fragile. Seeing Earth from space makes a
man appreciate the creation of
God and the love of God.”
Aren’t you thankful someone made
the house you live in? A place for you
to play and read and come in for
dinner, a place with clean clothes and
a warm bed—a place for you. How
much more thankful we are that God
made our Earth home! A place for us
to breathe and run, discover and
delight in—a place for all of us.
When you move into a new place to live, don’t
you want to tell everyone all about it? Why not
share the wonder of Earth with someone! Cut a
piece of cardstock to the dimensions of an
oversized postcard. Draw and color what our
home looks like from space. Then on the back
of your postcard, write about our home of Earth.
What does is look like from space? How large is our world? What are some
magnificent facts about our home of Earth? Write it all down on your postcard.
Then punch a hole in the upper right hand corner of your postcard and place
your large post card on your ring. You’ve just completed your first postcard in
your geographic adventures! But this is JUST the beginning!
(Postcard templates are available on the CD-ROM in the back of your book)
Flying 595 km (370 miles) overhead in space, do you
recognize your home?

Reaching Out
to His World
Where do you sleep every night? Perhaps you have your own room,
or share a room with a sibling. Maybe you even snuggle into the
very same bed with a brother or sister. But you have a pillow
somewhere that is just yours!
God made a home for each of us: Earth! There are folks, however, who live in our grand home
of Earth…but don’t have a place with a pillow just for them. We call these people homeless.
Yes, homeless people do have a home: Earth. Homeless folks, however, do not have a roof over
their heads, a safe place to eat dinner every night, or a place of their own to lay down with a
pillow each night. Some of those who have no place in the world to call home are children
younger than you! It is estimated that more than 100 million children on our Earth are
homeless. Can you imagine a football stadium full of 55,000 children? Well, try to picture in
your mind, 1,818 stadiums, each full of a sea of only children, without adults. That gives you a
picture in your mind of the vast number of children who have no place to come home to—
So where do homeless children spend their days and nights if they have no home with a roof or
windows? Homeless children live on the streets of cities. They beg for their food or root
through the garbage, looking for something edible. While some wrap themselves up in
newspapers and sleep in back alleys, others are too often scared to sleep on the streets at
night. Would you want to sleep out on the sidewalk in the dark? That is why many street
children, throughout the world, fall asleep in big underground pipes underneath cities.
One boy named Joby who has slept for the last 9 years in the windowless, smelly pipes with
many other children said, “Everyone here would like to have their own family and home.”
Yes, everyone would like their very own home, with a door and a window and someone to love
them. God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Gen. 2:18). So God created
us to take care of each other in our home we call Earth.
What could you do to reach out to people, adults and children, who have no place to come
home to tonight?
Pray together right now for the homeless and the street children—that they would feel
the love of God in a very real way today.
Do you know of a homeless person in your community? Maybe you could make a lunch
and take it to them, invite them to your place for a meal, or just simply smile and talk
with them today. Showing the love of God makes our Earth a better home for us all.
We all want a home to come home to. And there are groups of individuals who build
homes for the homeless. Perhaps you could get involved! Habitat for Humanity is one
such worldwide ministry. Over the last 30 years, volunteers just like you have given
freely of their time to help Habitat for Humanity build more than 175,000 homes for
more than 750,000 people all over our Earth. Perhaps you can look for a Habitat for
Humanity group near you and help them build a home someone can come home to!
(You can find Habitat for Humanity on the web at: http://www.habitat.org/)

Further Explorations
Earth From Above for Young Readers by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
(Gr. 4 and higher) Photographer Arthus-Bertrand leans outs of a helicopter snapping bird-eyes
views from all over the world. A breathtaking view of God’s home for us, twenty-two scenes
highlight African landscapes while the remaining photographs introduce other continents. (If
you can’t find this book, you simply cannot afford to miss the photographs at his website at
Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: a photographic journey around the world
by Maya Ajmera & Anna Rhesa Versola
This unique alphabet books introduces children from all over their world and the unique places
they each call home.
If the world were a village: a book about the world's people by David J. Smith
(Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud) Author David Smith makes the notion of our world more
accessible by imagining the world as village of only 100 people. How many computers are
owned in the global village? What we take for granted is appreciated through new, grateful
eyes. A very informative, memorable book, that will raise awareness of how our home of Earth
is experienced by our other family members.
Endeavor views the earth compiled by Robert A. Brown
“'What you would have seen out the windows of the Space Shuttle had you traveled with us.'
Jay Apt, astronaut.”
Earth from space by Andrew K. Johnston
(Older children) Join Smithsonian geographer Johnston as he photographs earth from space.
Stunning satellite images introduce readers to scenes from our home such as the Grand Canal
in Venice and what Earth looks like at night.
The Home planet by Kevin W. Kelley
(Older children) Gaze on 150 photographs of Earth taken from space. Read the accompanying
by quotes from astronauts. What does an ``Earthrise'' look like, as seen from the moon? View
our mountain ranges, canyons, coastlines, tropical storms and volcanoes from thousands of
miles over our planet's surface. Reflect on the space explorers' realization that we are all part of
one family here on Earth and the Earth a precious gift not to be neglected.
A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman
(Gr. 1-3) A delightful book of rhyme, this book is a classic you will revisit again and again. Soon
you will be seeing houses and homes everywhere---and will want to write your own version of A
House is a House for Me! A lyrical, amusing way to introduce the notion that we all have homes
everywhere... and the earth is a home for us all!

Too-Fun-to-Resist Excursion!
Our earthly home is a pretty big place! It would be very easy to get lost. Do you know
where in our home you are?!! Let’s see if together we can draw it out so we know more
about the home that God built for you!
Materials needed:
~ a large piece of paper
~ pencil and crayons or pencil crayons
~ globe or atlases
Ready To Go? Let’s Head Out!
~ Draw a relatively small picture of you on your piece of paper.
~ Now draw your house around you. Then draw your street. See if you can now draw
a circle where your town is around your home.
~ Next, sketch out the shape of your state or province around your city. Are you
beginning to see how BIG our home of Earth really is?!!
~ Draw your country around your state. Then your continent around your country!
~ Now, the LAST part of your home to draw! Draw EARTH around it all!
Can you now to point to the various features of your drawing as you sing along:
This is the Earth that
holds the continent ,
that holds the country,
that holds the state,
that holds the city,
that holds the town,
that holds the street,
that holds the house,
that is the home God built for me!”
Take some time to write the actual names of your street, town, state, country, and
continent on your drawing? Didn’t God build an awe-inspiring home for us!?

Too-Fun-to-Resist Excursion!
We could never make a world as magnificent or amazing as the world God has
made for us! You could, however, make your own small copy of our globe. God
made our grand and glorious world in 7 days—and it may take you nearly that
long just to make a replica globe that you can hold in your hands! And as you
make your globe, think about how God made this entire planet of Earth by just
speaking it into existence! Doesn’t that make you want to praise Him?
Materials needed:
~ A round balloon
~ Lots of newspapers
~ Flour and water
~ An empty plastic container
~ Spoon
~ Pencil
~ Blue and Green paint
~ Paint Brushes
~ Marker
Ready To Go? Let’s Head Out!
(Remember, God did not need to gather materials when He made Earth---He just
spoke the Word, and things came into being! And that is truly awe-inspiring!)
~ First, get out a saucepan and mix 1 cup of flour into 1 cup of water until the mixture
is thin. Stir into 4 cups of boiling water. Simmer for just a few minutes, then cool.
~ Then, tear a newspaper into lots and lots of strips. The strips should be about as
wide as the length of your thumb (or about 1 inch). The strips can be any length.
~ Now take a deep breath and blow up your balloon. Tie it tight!
~ Roll up your sleeves and get ready for the gooey part! Dip each strip of paper into
your water and flour glue, wipe off the excess with your fingers, and wrap the strip
around the balloon. Cover the balloon with wet strips of paper. Cover the balloon in
three coats of strips, but let your “globe” dry between the application of each layer for
at least 8 hours (or overnight).
Once you have completed your three layers, let the globe dry completely. When your
globe is completely dry, the balloon will usually pop by itself.

~ Now sharpen your pencil and pull out your atlases, or place an already finished
globe in front of you. Mark a dot at the top and bottom of your globe with a pencil.
One dot will represent the North Pole, the other dot will represent the South Pole.
Can you draw on your globe the area of land you live in? That shape of land is called
a continent. What shape is that area of land, your continent? How big is it in relation
to the globe? How far away is it from your dots of the North and South Pole? Looking
at your atlas or finished globe, draw your continent on your globe.
Good for you! Now, asking yourself the same questions, draw the other continents on
your globe. Don’t forget any! (Drawing continents is challenging, isn’t it? To think
that God made REAL continents by just commanding it to be so!)
~ Now your globe needs some color! Lay out a bed of newspapers and paint each of
your continents a dark green color to represent land. When you are finished, set your
globe aside to dry.
~ God created water on the 2nd day of creation---so you need to now paint the rest of
your small globe a brilliant sea blue! Again, lie out a bed of newspapers and paint
around all of the green continents a watery blue to represent oceans and seas.
~ When the paint has dried, stand back and smile at your handmade globe! Can you
take a marker and draw an x on the place where you live on Earth?
Finally write on your globe, “O Lord, it is You who made the heavens and the Earth
and the sea, and all that is in them.” (Acts 4:24)
Yes, God made this marvelous Earth for us! And that should make us REALLY smile!