Cross Section of the Earth

This cross section of the earth is a really easy and effective activity to explore the earth's layers and was quite a hit in our home.

You need five different colours of playdough, a piece of dental floss, a board or tray to work on, some toothpicks, a pencil, scissors, paper and some tape. If you are looking for an easy playdough recipe, you can find one here.

Roll a ball of whichever colour you choose to form a the inner core of the earth, we chose red.

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Now roll out the next colour which will form the inner core and wrap it around the core. Continue layer by layer to form the inner mantle, outer mantle and crust.

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Once the earth is complete, cut the earth in half using dental floss (or fishing wire) by holding it firmly on either side and pulling it through the centre to form a cross-section. Keep one half to label, and let your children cut wedges or segments and have some fun with the rest!

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Write the names of each layer on a piece of paper, tape it onto a toothpick and then label each layer.

Have fun! :-)

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