Is your child fascinated by outer space? They are going to love learning about the Solar System for kids with this fun hands-on science lesson. Today we are exploring the outer planets for kids which include the 4 outer planets of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. We’ve included solar system worksheets for kids plus lots of fun, engaging, hands-on planet activities for kid to learn about these fascinating planets! This jupiter for kids and saturn for kids and uranus for kids, and neptune for kids lesson is fun for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders too.
4 Outer Planets
Whether you are a parent, teacher or homeschooler you will love using these ideas to learn about the outer planets. We have jupiter activities making a hurricane science experiment, saturn activities with a rocket experiment, plus uranus activities and neptune activities learning about the extreme cold with a cloud experiment for kids.
Jupiter for Kids
Jupiter is the first of the outer planets and is the biggest planet in our solar system. It is known as a gas giant because it is made up mostly of gases – hydrogen and helium. Although the swirly patterns are pretty to look at, they are actually clouds indicative of very story skies including the Great Red Spot with a hurricane type storm that travels around the planet for the last 300 years.We also learned that Jupiter has rings too, rotates quickly, has more than 60 satellites (or moons), and the spacecraft Galileo.
Hurricane Science Experiment
To help us remember The Great Red Spot on Jupiter that is like a hurricane on earth we made a classic science project– a hurricane in a bottle.
Saturn for Kids
Saturn is the most famous planet in our solar system with it’s beautiful, recognizable rings. It actually has thousands of rings made up of dust, ice, and rocks orbiting the planetWe also learned Saturn is almost like Jupiter’s twin – both gaseous planets with hydrogen and helium and more than 30 moons each. Saturn’s beauty is also due to the clouds and violent storms on the planet with 1,000 miles an hour winds.
In studying about Saturn we learned about the Cassini Mission (see more) – unmanned spacecraft sent to explore the planet and its moons. It is taller than a 2-story building and needed the help of a powerful rocket to lift it off the ground into outer space.
Rocket Science Experiment for Kids
Hint: We found the rockets launched the best with less weight. So although building a cardboard tube or plastic bottle rocket is fun….. consider just a piece or regular paper wrapped around the tube for a better launch. The kids liked launching just the film canisters for an impressive 2-3 story height.
Fill a canister with with about 1 TAB warm water (note cap will be the bottom of your rocket). When ready to launch open lid and add 1/2 Alka Seltzer tablet and quickly put back on the lid and place on ground. Countdown to rocket launch . . .
Curious about the science behind the rocket launch? The Alka Seltzer mixed with water causing a chemical reaction where gases are created. Because the canister has only so much space once there is no more room for the growing number of gasses the pressure will make it launch. In case you are wondering, using more Alka Selter will not cause it to go higher. The amount of gas or pressure in the canister will be the same, but because there is more of the reactor it will happen quicker so step back quicker as the launch will happen sooner, but the height will be the same. For a higher launch you’ll need to find a larger container.
Uranus for Kids
Uranus is a large gas giant with not only hydrogen and helium, but methane gases too (which gives it the blue color). Interestingly, this planet is lying down -the North/South poles are horizontal and therefore its rings go around the planet instead of through it.Another face we found interesting was that this planet was actually discovered by homeschoolers – William & Caroline Herschel in 1781.
To make clouds in a jar all you need is a large jar half filled with warm water, a bag of ice, and a match. Light the match and toss it in the jar and quickly cover with bag of ice.
Kids will be amazed by the clouds that form.
Neptune for Kids
Neptune is a twin plant to Uranus. It also is a gas giant with hydrogen, helium, and methane gas making it look blue. After the discover of Uranus scientist suspected there was another planet because of the gravitational pull on Uranus; they finally found Neptune in 1846.Neptune has a Great Dark Spot (like Jupiter’s red spot) that is a powerful storm. But unlike storms on earth where we have water rain down, scientists believe based on the methane that diamond dust forms int he storm and falls from the clouds.
One of it’s moons, Triton is a whopping – 400 F and is filled with geysers. However since there is no water it most likely spews a mixture of chemicals.
Outer planets for kids
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
- Looking for more fun, engaging, creative, and memorable moon projects for kids? You will love this 50 Moon Crafts & Activities for Kids collection with the best ideas from the whole internet!
- 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
Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:
- Marshmallow Shooters – go over 30 feet!
- 2 ingredient Easy Slime Recipe
- How to Make a Lava Lamp – it’s super EASY!
- Kids will no nuts over this simple Pop Rock Experiment
- Handprint Strawberry Craft for Summer
- Grow Your Own Crystals
- Water Balloon Experiment – exploring densit with an EPIC summer activity for kids
- Amazing Bubble Painting
- Mind Blowing Color Changing Playdough
Summer Activities for Kids
- Egg Shell DIY Chia Pet Craft – Silly Spring / Summer Activities for Kids
- Grass Head Craft for Kids
- Blow GIANT bubbles with this Homemade Bubble Solution
- Outrageously FUN Bubble Painting
- Bleeding Tissue Paper Fireworks Craft
- Beautiful Flower Suncatcher Craft
- 30 Fun June Crafts for Kids
- Must try Lego Zipline
- Exploding Watermelon Science Experiment
- Homemade Chalk Recipe
- 75+ FUN Scavenger Hunts for Kids
- Find activities by month with our June Crafts for kids or our June Activities for Kids!
Fun Summer Activities for Kids
- Ice Cream Edible Playdough
- Whip up a batch of Kool Aid Playdough – it smells amazing!
- I Spy DIY Bottles are quick, easy and FUN!
- Amazing Tin Foil Art Project for Kids of all Ages
- Vinegar and Baking Soda Rocket Science Experiment for Kids
- Summer Bucket List Printable with Ice Cream Theme
- How to Make Ice Cream in a Bag
- Ice Cream Playdough Patterns
- Head to the zoo with this FREE Zoo Scavenger Hunt – lots of choices for all ages!
- Make your favorite animal with one of these 100 animal crafts
- Try one of these fun Animal I Spy Printables
- Epic Squirt Gun Painting
- Play with your food using this goldfish counting activity
- After seeing the frogs at the pond, grab this free life cycle of a frog worksheet
- Avoid the summer learning loss by practicing math with these crack the code worksheets
- First Day of Summer Craft
- Create this gorgeous stained glass art for kids
- 107 Epic Summer Activities for Kids