Keep the Styrofoam that serves as cushioning in boxes out of the landfill by turning it into material for a child-friendly craft. Use the foam to make a map to help children learn geography. The map you make is up to you. Make a map of your state, a country or the entire world. If you want, create a scavenger or treasure hunt map that leads people to a prize.
- Picture of a state or country to trace
- Flat piece of Styrofoam -- 1 to 2 inches thick, in your preferred size
- Markers in various colors, permanent ink
- Acrylic paint and paintbrush -- 1/2 to 1 inch wide
- Craft glue
- Additional small pieces of Styrofoam for 3-D details
- Utility knife or scissors
Draw or trace the state or country shape on the Styrofoam piece, using a permanent marker so the ink won't smudge.
Paint the map shape the color of your choice. If the map is surrounded by ocean, paint that part of the Styrofoam blue. Let the paint dry for a few hours before proceeding.
Cut out any elevated shapes, such as mountains, from the additional Styrofoam pieces, if you wish to add three-dimensional details to the map. Use a utility knife to carve the pieces into the desired shape.
Paint the cutout shapes the appropriate color, such as brown for mountains. Let them dry for a few hours.
Glue the shapes to the map in the proper spots.
Add other prominent details to your map, such as lake or rivers. You can use either acrylic paints or permanent markers -- depending on whether the details cover a larger area or require finer lines.