Give the earth a little spin


To kick off a discussion on Earth Day in my classroom, we read “The Earth Book” by Todd Parr…

This book is super simple and does a wonderful job illustrating ten simple ways the children can help take care of the earth….

At the end of the book is a poster that you can review with the children and even take it out of the book to hang up on your wall…

As a follow up to “The Earth Book,” one of the activities we did was to make a beautiful earth similar to the one seen on the cover of the book. To make an earth, the children started by creating lines and dots of green (for land) and blue (for water) on a paper plate…

Then the children flipped the paper plate over on a large piece of white art paper and pressed it flatly against the paper…

And the children used one hand to “spin the earth” around in a circle while using the other hand to keep the paper from moving as they spinned the paper plate.  This is the same technique as “The Paper Plate Spin-Art” I have previously shared…

And then the children lifted the paper plate up from the paper to reveal their beautiful blue and green earth prints…

In the end, each child had two pieces of artwork to take home. The earth on their paper and the paper plate earth too! This is the kind of process that the children like to try more than once so you might want to have extra paper and paper plates on hand…



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By |2017-04-18T23:17:11+00:00April 8th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Margaret@growingplay April 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Just added my link for 10 ideas for earth day. Love this paper plate idea – so much input to the shoulder and arms while pressing on the paper. Even better – hang the paper on the wall and press? Too drippy maybe with the paint but might add in some more arm work.

    Todd Parr is one of our favorite authors. The pictures and text are so simple and fun to look at. We have loved him for years but never read the Earth book. Will have to check it out.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you for linking up Margaret! I didn’t hadn’t made the connection of Todd Parr’s “The Earth Book” and many of his other books that I am familiar with until I was researching his books for this post! I love his word as well!

  2. Stacy@Share&Remember April 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    I like the looks of the earth book & your painting activity is awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 8, 2012 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you Stacy – I love the book you selected now I just need to take the time to browse everyone’s posts! On my list of to do!

  3. Juliet@CreativeSTAR April 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    I know I’m going to be learning about a heap of new books via this blog hop which is really helpful. I like the look of this book too, especially with the poster at the end.

    To any passing readers – please note this blog hop was Deborah’s idea. She is an incredibly generous blogger.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      Tell me about it – I think I will have enough resources to talk about the earth all year long! I love it!

  4. Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum April 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    What a great idea for an earth – we’re celebrating Earth Day for the first time with my toddler and been looking at the planet. This looks a great way for him to recreate one.

    Thank you for sharing with Tuesday Tots this week

  5. Vicki Dale April 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Hi there,
    I love your idea of spinning the plate to produce an Earth picture… so accessible for younger children to create . Thank you for the idea, I shall give it a go with the children that I childmind during the lead up to Earth Day. If it goes well I may well feature it on my childminding website: if that’s OK (I’ll link back to you so that people don’t credit me with the idea!).
    Thank you, Vicki

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