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Explore the inside of the earth with this easy layers of the Earth preschool craft! It’s perfect for Earth Day and your Earth science activities.
There are so many Earth science activities for older kids. Activities that go in depth about the layers of the earth, their purposes, and more. But, there really isn’t much for preschoolers.
Until now! This Earth preschool craft is super simple to make. And, you can choose how in depth you want to go as to what each layer does and the depth of each one.
This simple preschool craft is easy to assemble with just some paper and glue. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
Layers of the Earth Preschool Craft
With this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll have this craft ready for your preschoolers in no time.
What You’ll Need
• 6 Pieces 12”x12” Paper—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, black
• White Paper, small piece
• Brass Paper Fastener
• Black Marker
• Optional: Geometric Compass
What You’ll Do
Use the compass to draw circles on the colored paper in these sizes:
• black and blue paper make 11 ½” circles
• red paper make a 10” circle
• orange paper make a 6” circle
• yellow paper make a 3 ½” circle.
Using the green paper, cut out shapes that resemble some of the continents. You can fit 3-4 on your earth.
You can look up pictures of continents to make look very realistic, or just kind of wing it and cut out some different green shapes that resemble the continents.
Cut out one fourth of the blue circle so you have three fourths of it left intact. Discard the fourth piece, you don’t need it. Glue the green continents onto the blue earth.
Lay the black circle down, put the red one on top of that, then the orange, and then the yellow. Make sure they are centered.
Use the marker to write Inner Core on the top edge of the yellow circle. Right above that write Outer Core on the orange circle. Right above that write Mantle on the red circle. On a small piece of white paper write Crust, and glue it on the black circle right above the word mantle.
If you choose, write the mileage on the circles. On the opposite side of the yellow circle write 778 Miles on the edge. Above that on the orange circle write 1,367 Miles. Above that on the red circle write 1,800 Miles. On a small piece of white paper write 25 Miles and glue it on the black circle right above the other miles you wrote.
Take a paper fastener and poke it through the center of the blue circle on the top side with the continents. Put the yellow circle on next, then the orange, the red, and finally the black circle. Secure the fastener at the back of the black circle.
Now you have the earth and its layers. You can spin them to see the facts about each layer or just see the layers without writing.
What a fun learning craft for young kids!