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Solar System 4 Outer Planets for Kids

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.

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

We are continuing on in our solar system unit.  We’ve talked about the sun and the inner planets, but now it’s time to learn about the 4 Outer Planets. These Outer planets for kids are gaseous planets we know as Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. This is a really fun, hands on unit to help kids learn while having fun. From planet activities to planet printables and planet games for kids – this lesson is fun for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students.

Planet Activities

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.

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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.

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Rocket Science Experiment for Kids

We made our own rockets to explore how chemical reactions can launch a rocket.  You will need plastic film canisters (get them here for cheap), Alka Seltzer tablets, and creativity.

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.

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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.

 
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Outer planets for kids

Plus for every planet we studied the kids took notes on things they learned that were interesting using these free solar system worksheets for kids.

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 print 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:

DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc. Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike.  These super EASY to make marshmallow shooters are a must for your summer bucket list. This summer activity for kids is not only fun, but it is actually a STEM activity for kids too! Students assemble, tweak, and design this simple marshmallow cannon to try to get the most distance they can. THis is such a simple, but fun summer activities your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grdae, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will want to try over summer break!

Summer Fun

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:

If you are looking for a fun unique activity using eggs, you will love this silly egg head craft. This egg shell diy chia pet is cute, simple and silly spring activities for kids. This egg shell craft is fun for toddler, prsechool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders too! bleeding tissue paper fireworks craft Spring is the time for field trips to the local zoo. In an attempt to make our homeschool field trips extra fun (and educational) I created these super cute, zoo scavenger hunt templates. We have lots of choices with these zoo scavenger hunt printable pack to accomidate kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten to elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Whether you use the simple animal scavenger hunt or learn about endagered animals or animal habitats in one of these zoo scavenger hunt ideas - kids will have fun learning about zoology in science. Simply print free printable scavenger hunt pdf file and you are ready to learn about animals with this printable scavenger hunt at your local zoo. i spy diy bottles with colored rice in recycled water bottles

Summer Activities for Kids

Edible Ice Cream Playdough Recipe - amazing 2 ingredient playdough recipe perfect for toddler, preschool, kindergarten and kids of all ages for an ice cream thing, kids activity, or summer bucket list #playdough #playdoughrecipes #icecream This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever! Tin Foil Art This EPIC summer activities for kids uses a really fun technique to make squirt gun painting! This water gun painting is such a fun summer art project for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. The squirt panting is as much fun to make as it is to look at afterwards with the unique patterns. This Summer Painting for kids is a MUST for your list of summer activities for preschoolers!

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

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.

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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