Printable paper Earth globes

cube globe

Map Projections: Polyhedron Maps contains printable paper Earth globes. Paper craft world maps. In a variety of numbers of sides.  Fewer sides mean easier construction, but a less round and more distorted “globe”.

Tetrahedron, octahedron, cube, dodecahedron, icosahedron, truncated icosahedron, cuboctahedron, rhombicuboctahedron, and soccer ball Earth globes.

Because the site is poorly keyworded, people find my Making globes of the planets instead, when this is what they really want. Thanks to the most recent and enthusiastic correspondent, who prompted this post.

I encourage comments with links to similar sites.
One is JAXA AMSR Paper Craft [via Earth Science 3D Paper Models and Toys ]

Other ideas:
– The blank globes available for assembly practice could instead be used for “draw or paint your own globe” art and geography projects.
– It would be nice to have a suite of topical globes, so any time one is teaching a science topic (global winds, currents, biomes, rainforests, population density, crustal plates, geologic periods, etc) it would be easy to print out and assemble a little “globe” to make it tangible.
– If you are teaching polyhedra in maths class, or projection, why not have some pretty examples like these?


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