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Paint Stick Solar System Project for Kids

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Explore the solar system for kids with this super cute, fun, and easy paint stick solar system project for kids.  Your child will love this out-of-this world science art project that will aid in learning the names and order of the planets. This solar system project ideas project is a perfect hands-on science activity for your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade students.
Explore the solar system for kids with this super cute, fun, and easy paint stick solar system project for kids.  Your child will love this out-of-this world science art project that will aid in learning the names and order of the planets. This solar system project ideas project is a perfect hands-on science activity for your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade students.

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!

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Solar system project ideas

To make this fun solar system project for kids, you will need a few simple materials your probably already have on hand in your home:
  • paint stick
  • various colors of paint
  • paintbrushes
  • clothespins
  • markers
Obviously, our planets are not drawn to scale.  This activity was intended to help my son memorize the names of the planets, their basic appearance, and where they are located in relation to one another.
First I brought out the book, Planets by Ellen Hasbrouck.   We read through the book and searched online to learn a few more facts.
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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!
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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 Project for Kids

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 Project Ideas

Solar system craft project

 This paint stick solar system was such a neat art and science project!  Not too mention, the clothespins work on fine motor skills, which I love to try and sneak into all our learning activities.  It is a great tool to work on the names of the planets and planet order; makes for a great busy bag activity, and will look pretty cool hanging up in our school room!

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Solar System Activities

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Free Solar System Printables

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Kristina

Kristina once thought of going into education, but changed her mind a few years in to her degree. Ironically, she now has her hands full as a homeschooling mother of four. With children of various ages from infant to 7, she shares a variety of educational and play activities for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary aged children on her blog,

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