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FUN Yarn Solar System for kids Project

Make learning about the solar system for kids FUN my making your own solar system project! This fun, inespensive solar system for kids is made of YARN! Children of all ages from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders will enjoy making. This 3d solar system project is easy to make and an inexpensive way to make a solar system model that will leave an impression on kids! Use this as you study planets for kids, a solar system unit, a school project, or science fair projects kids will love! Don’t forget to grab the free solar system printables to help students working on the solar system for kids project.

Make learning about the solar system for kids FUN my making your own solar system project! This fun, inespensive solar system for kids is made of YARN! Children of all ages from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders will enjoy making. This 3d solar system project is easy to make and an inexpensive way to make a solar system model that will leave an impression on kids! Use this as you study planets for kids, a solar system unit, a school project, or science fair projects kids will love! Don't forget to grab the free solar system printables to help students working on the solar system for kids project. 

Solar System Project

Looking for an easy solar system project that is unique, fun-to-make and thrifty too? This solar system project uses inexpensive, colorful yarn to make each of the planets in our solar system. Preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3 students will have fun making large DIY pompom planets to represent Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.  This is a great, hands-on solar system project for kids as they begin learning about the planets in our solar system with a solar system for kids lesson! Use the cool planet project to decorate your classroom, homeschool room, or playroom as you sneak in some summer learning!

Solar system for kids 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

Solar System for Kids

To make this 3d solar system model 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

3d solar system project

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

Solar system model for school project

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.

Easy solar system project

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

Solar system planets project

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

DIY Solar system project

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

3rd grade 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.

solar-system-unit-about-the-sun-for-kids clever paint stick solar system project Hands-on activity to learn about constellations using pipe cleaners, beads, and constellation flashcards for an engaging STEM activity! Use to teach preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and more about stars, solar system, astronomy or as a fun, educational science activity

Solar System Activities

Looking for more fun, hands on science activities to teach kids about astronomy or to round out your solar system for kids unit. You will love these hands on solar system activities and lessons:

Kids will have fun learning about our solar system with these free printable Solar System Worksheets for kids.  You’ll find solar system vocabulary, planets, sun, stars, moon phases, and so much more! These free worksheets are great for Kindergarteners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students. Learn about the solar system for kids with these super cute, free printable solar system coloring pages. Simply download pdf file and print the solar system colouring pages to help teach toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students about the planets in our solar system! There are over 15 different pages in this solar system coloring page pack to learn about Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Asteroid Belt, Pluto, and the Milky Way Galaxy. Constellations Wheel

Free Solar System Printables

Plus, don’t forget to add these free solar system worksheets and printables to your lesson plan:

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

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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