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Ideas for using old atlases- art/geography

Discussion in 'Primary' started by pjach, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. pjach

    pjach New commenter

    My school has just purchased some new atlases as our old ones were really out of date. The old atlases are going to be thrown away unless I use them. I'd really like to do an art or/ and geography project with my year 5 class but I'm currently lacking in inspiration! Our current topic is earth and space (mountains, volcanos and space), it would be great to link it to that. Has anyone done anything with old atlases before? Does anyone have any ideas of what I could do?

    Thanks a lot!
  2. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    Could you make hot air balloons with them (the ones where you blow up balloons, cover them with layers of glue and paper - in this case the pages of the atlases - , leave to dry and then pop the balloons)? Especially as you are doing earth and space too! I remember doing this with newspaper when I was at Primary school and loving it.
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  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Other idea would be to use the pages as 'background paper' to a Geography Topic board.
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  4. Landofla

    Landofla Established commenter

    Great suggestions! I'd love a tonne of old atlases to use.

    Make cootie catchers and have countries and capitals under the flaps? Or countries & rivers/ mountains?

    Origami? Kirigami?

    Paper mache is probably a good way to go. How about creating a mountain range with them?
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  5. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    1. Collage.
    2. Landscapes.
    3. Cut into squares (using their printed gids) and use to create "mosaic" pictures.
    4. Origami.
    5. As canvases to paint on (I knew an artist who believed the best paper to paint on was the Times).
    6. Backing paper for display, greens on bottom, blues on top.
    7. Butterfly wings cut out from maps, (veining).
    8. Ceate 3D models of hills / volcanoes / mountain ranges with newspaper papier mache, eggboxes, etc, the final topmost paper layer being formed using appropriate atlas pages and images.
  6. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    You're welcome!
  7. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter


    Let us know what you decide - some great ideas here!
  8. pjach

    pjach New commenter

    Some great inspiration here. Thank you everybody for your time and ideas.
  9. missied

    missied New commenter

    Letters for display
    Laminate and use for co-ordinates work, place names, symbol hunts

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