If you follow our homeschooling journey, you would know that I already started studying geography with Anya for a while now. She even does have a geography area, read more about it here.
I made most of her materials including the Colored Continents Globe but I wasn’t satisfied with the quality of it and how it turned out. Some countries were missing and some weren’t perfectly painted! Thus, I decided to redo the colored globe and to respect the dimensions and borders. I chose to make the colored continents globe instead of sandpaper globe because I liked having the continents with separate colors because it’s a fun, easy segue into learning the names of each of them.
I bought 2 regular globes: one to paint and another that I will keep as is as a reference for Anya in the future. I got mine for 4$ each so it was a pretty good deal! Here is the before and after picture:
First of all, I started by painting the oceans blue, then I moved to the continents! Here is the code color down below:
- green for Africa,
- red for Europe,
- yellow for Asia,
- brown for Australia,
- white for Antarctica,
- orange for North America
- and pink for South America!
In total, 3 coats were enough to cover up each continent! At the end, I used a toothpick to paint the small countries and to touch up! I didn’t use any Mode podge to seal it because it doesn’t always make a super lasting coat but I am planning to go with something like acrylic varnish: water based, non-toxic, and strong enough to protect the paint. This DIY didn’t take me much time to do it! 2 hours and I was done!
That’s all for today. I hope this blog post inspired you to take out your brushes and paints and to make your own Montessori continents globe.