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Fun to Make Yarn Solar System Project

We made a Yarn Solar System Project to kick off our solar system unit. This is a simple, fun to make science projects kids will love!

Yarn Solar System Project - SUPER fun, easy to make solar system model for kids science projects or a study of planets.

Hands on Solar System Unit

  1. The Sun
  2. The Moon & Astronauts
  3. Inner Planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars)
  4. Outer Planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
  5. Pluto, Asteroid Belt, Comets, and Stars

Yarn Solar System Project

Making your own Solar System is the best way to kick off a solar system unit. We decided to make this Yarn Solar System Project, but here are 18 creative solar system projects to pick from. No matter what project you pick, kids will learn:

  • Names of the Planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune
  • Order of the planets
  • Where &  what the asteroid belt is
  • Planets orbit the sun
  • Moons / Dwarf Planets
Yarn Solar System Project

Supplies Needed for Yarn Solar System Project

To make this fun, simple to make solar system project you will want to download the free planets mini book and get the following yarn:

  • Mercury – light grey
  • Venus – medium orange
  • Earth – llight blue / light green
  • Mars – mauve
  • Jupiter – dark orange, brown, and white/cream
  • Saturn – sunflower yellow and light orange
  • Uranus – cobalt blue and light blue or cream
  • Neptune – royal blue

Hint: For planets with more than one color you will wrap the yarn at the same time.

wrap yarn around different size objects

How to Make Yarn Planets

Now, one by one you will wrap the yarn loosely around books of various sizes. The kids loved this part! Here is what we used:

  • Mini baby board books for: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars
  • Large Atlas for: Jupiter and Saturn
  • Chapter Book (like magic tree house size) for Uranus and Neptune
use multiple color of strings to make mutli-colored yarn planets

Once you have about 1” in girth for the smaller planets and 1-2” thickness for the larger planets, carefully slide the yarn off the book.
Note: It goes quickly, but you will use lots of yarn for the larger planets.

put a rubber band around the center of the balled yarn.
Twist a rubberband around the middle of the yarn several times to create 2 loops. This part should be done by upper elementary or a parent to not undo all the winding you’ve already finished.
now cut the sides of the yarn balls

Using scissors cut the center of both loops to create a large pom pom planet.

Continue until you’ve made all the 8 inner and outer planets. We also made the asteroid belt out of squished up black/grey construction paper. We choose not to do Pluto which has now been classified as one of the dwarf planets.

keep the ending string of yarn to hang the yarn planet

For Saturn, we added some construction paper cut into an oval with the center cut out and slid it over the planet.

Yarn Solar System Project

We hung the planets from our ceiling. It was fun for the kids to practice figuring out which one was which and look at them to learn their names and positions in the universe.

Hint: You will want to use a thumbtack to hang the larger, heavier, outer planets.

Free Solar System Printables


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About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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