Solar System Project for Kids
Recently my 8 year old read about Neil Armstrong, so I had outer space on my mind and decided to work on the names of the planets and their order in our solar system. To do so, we made a Solar System Project for Kids using a paint stick, paint, and clothespins to label the names of planets for kids. This is such an easy-to-make solar system project ideas that preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3 students will all enjoy making!
Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – you will love adding this planets for kids activity to your solar system unit!
Solar system project ideas
- paint stick
- various colors of paint
Solar system projects ideas
After reading the book, we brought out our paints and paint stick to begin creating thiskids solar system project. First paint the paint stick black. After a few minutes, begin painting the solar system. We started by painting the sun at the top our paint stick and then using various colors of paint, painted each of the planets down the paint stick.
- Mercury– Orbits the sun in 88 days!
- Venus– Although second from the sun, it is the hottest planet in our solar system.
- Earth– Our home planet and the only one with liquid water on its surface and life.
- Mars– Has an ever present red tint due to mineral called iron oxide on planet’s surface.
- Jupiter– Is the stormiest planet in the solar system and is also the largest.
- Saturn– Surrounded by a series of rings.
- Uranus– Orbits the sun lying on its side.
- Neptune– Composed of mostly gas, is the last planet in our solar system; was discovered in 1845!
Solar system art project
Once your paint stick solar system is compete, let it dry. In the meantime collect 8 clothespins and markers.
Solar system painting ideas
On each clothespin write a name of a planet.
Once everything has dried, have your child match each of the planets by clipping the correct clothespin onto the coordinating planet on the paint stick.
Solar system craft project
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:
- The Sun for Kids
- Moon for Kids & Astronauts Too
- Inner Planets for Kids (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars)
- Outer Planets for Kids (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)
- Pluto, Asteroid Belt, Comets, and Stars
- Yarn Solar System
- Paint Stick Solar System Project
- Pipe Cleaner Constellations – fun hands on constellation activity for kids
- Simple Galaxy Science Project
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- TONS of really cool Solar System Project Ideas for kids of all ages
Free Solar System Printables
Plus, don’t forget to add these free solar system worksheets and printables to your lesson plan:
- HUGE pack of Free Solar System Worksheets for elementary age kids
- Solar system worksheets for kindergarten with solar system themed math and literacy activities for preschoolers, kindergartners, and grade 1 students
- Simple Astronaut Coloring Pages
- Solar System Colouring Pages to read, learn, and color the solar system
- Printable Constellations Book for children to learn about stars and the patterns they make in the night sky
- Cootie Catcher Constellation Printable
- Free Constellation Flashcards
- Moon Phases Worksheets
- Planets Printable Book for students to learn about all the planets in our solar system
- Moon Phases Printable Mini Book for kids to learn about the phases of the moon
Science for Kids
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- Find LOTS more Easy Science Experiments for kids of all ages!