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Earth Exploration

Earth Exploration

While learning about space, my son and I found ourselves gravitating toward planet Earth. In my son's favorite Earth-related book, "The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth", a class journeys through the planet's rock and mantle layers, drilling all the way through the core and out the other side. That got me thinking about modeling the Earth's layers, and then I found this Earth Day craft on "Meet the Dubiens". A play dough Earth core!

How We Did It

Earth Exploration

We start by rolling red play dough into a ball to represent the inner core. Then we cover the core with other colored play dough to show the different layers of the Earth (orange = the outer core, yellow = the mantle, brown = the crust, and blue and green = ocean and land).


Earth Exploration

Once he sees the finished product, he's in awe and bursting with curiosity. Truth is, I am too. Now we're ready to reveal the Earth's layers. There are many ways to slice a hunk of dough, and the ease with which floss cuts it like butter makes me a little giddy. And so I hand him the floss...


Earth Exploration

Wow! The layers look cool! I lightly mention what the different colors represent, but I don't make a big deal of it since I can tell my son is much more interested in observing and enjoying rather than getting a lesson.


Earth Exploration

Besides, he already has his own agenda - how quickly can he mash up all the colors and start dissecting it!

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posted by: Demelza on 10.12.2014

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My child and I completed Earth Exploration.

posted by: Mindy on 2.1.2014

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My child and I completed Earth Exploration! This photo was taken after our 4 year old started mixing the layers together and cutting it in various ways. She had a blast!

posted by: Regina on 5.3.2013

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Hi Jami, I love your projects and especially this one! We have a small Montessori preschool in Lewes, Delaware and I am wondering if we could have your permission to use your photos from this project. Our school is Lewes Montessori School. Thank you. Lisa Desombre

posted by: Lisa on 4.3.2013

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