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Sun Solar System Lesson with FUN Activities, Projects, and Models

Take kids on a fun, engaging journey through our solar system for kids with this lesson filled with solar system activities for kids. Let’s start at the beginning and learn about the Sun for Kids. As we dive into solar system project for kids you will find solar system model project choices, hands-on solar system game, free solar system printables, and lots more for learning about the sun, our planets, the moon, stars, astronauts, and so much more. So get ready to make learning fun for kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 with this solar system lesson for kids.

Take kids on a fun, engaging journey through our solar system for kids with this lesson filled with solar system activities for kids. Let's start at the beginning and learn about the Sun for Kids. As we dive into solar system project for kids you will find solar system model project choices, hands-on solar system game, free solar system printables, and lots more for learning about the sun, our planets, the moon, stars, astronauts, and so much more. So get ready to make learning fun for kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 with thissolar system lesson for kids.

Solar System Activities

Before we dove into learning abou tthe sun, we had to put it into context and learn what is astronomy, what are the planets in our solar system, what is an orbit and gravity. We have lots of fun solar system model project ideas to choose from plus solar system worksheets to learn and explore. Then dive into some fun solar system experiments and solar system activities to make learning fun! Learn about the planets for kid with a fun solar system game and so much more for kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students. Learn about the solar system includes the sun and all the planets that travel around the sun which is held in place by gravity. Gravity is an invisible force that pulls objects towards each other.

What is Astronomy?

A lot of times the study of the solar system is called astronomy. So what does that mean? Astronomy simply means the study of the universe. Read through solar system unit vocabulary cards from these free solar system worksheets  such as: universe, constellations, gravity, astronomer, and more.

We also learned about Copernicus who fist proposed that the earth actually revolved around the sun instead of the idea that everything revolved around the earth as was thought at the time. We also talked about Galileo who was an astronomer that taught us to use a telescope to study the planets and stars.

Planets for Kids

The kids were introduced the the sun, 8 planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune), over 100 moons in our solar system, the asteroid belt, and Pluto with these hands on solar system activities for kids.

Solar system project for kids

First we made a homemade solar system project to put where the sun is into perspective. We’ve done various solar system modles of the the years from this

free printable solar system worksheets for kids

Solar system for kids

We reinforced where the planets were with these solar system coloring pages and planets mini book.

EPIC solar system project for kids that is easy to make by drawing the milk way galaxy, sun, planets, moon, asteroid belt and more with chalk on the driveway. Cute game idea for memorization too!

Solar system game

Then we headed outside to recreate the solar system with chalk on our driveway. This is such a simple, fun, and memorable solar system activities for 2nd grade, first grade, kindergarten, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, and kindergartners. We drew the planets in order starting with the sun and going out. We tried to get the proportions correct by looking at a solar system for kids book.

Note: I also drew lines to show the orbit of the planets around the sun. This helped them to start to understand how planets move and helped prep us for our orbits activity for kids.

Next in our solar system 1st grade we played a game to help my students learn the names of the planets. The children had to run to the correct planet when I called it out.

This solar system for 1st graders activity really helped them understand how our planets orbit the sun by having them do this fun activity that helped them really “get it”.

leaf science experiment - harnessing the power of the sun

Sun for Kids

The Sun is a star, the biggest thing in our universe, and very hot – 10,000 degrees on the outside and millions of degrees on the inside. In our readings, we learned about solar flares, sun spots, and that the sun is actually all the colors of the rainbow! Did you know that the sky looks blue because it has a shorter wave that gets hits the layer of gases in our atmosphere?

Help kids understand the power of the sun and the importance of not staring at the sun with this simple experiment. For this classic experiment, kids use a magnifying glass to direct the sun’s ray to burn a hole in a leaf.

Note: This should only be done carefully with adult supervision. I recommend you take the opportunity to talk about safety.

Stonehenge and the Sun

Did you know you can tell time and seasons using our solar system? Read about historical Stonehenge. Many people believe it was used to tell when spring had arrived . This was useful for helping them know when to plant and harvest crops.

Solar Oven Science Project - how to make one and more about the sun and our solar systemSolar Oven Science Project

The sun heats things up! We made a solar oven to harness the energy from the sun. To make this solar oven, use plastic wrap to create a greenhouse. Then use aluminum foil to reflect the sun rays back into the box. Finally, use black tape to draw and hold in the heat. We made our solar oven extra hot by adding waded up paper to insulate the bottom. Our solar oven reached 320 F.

LEGO Sundial for Kids is a fun Science Experiment for learning about the sun and our solar system for preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and more #solarsystem #lego #sundial

Lego Sundial

This fun-to-make science project allows students to learn how  a sundial works. A sundial can tell the time based on the position of the sun. Then the next day we used the sundial to tell the time instead of a conventional clock. Science is FUN!

To make your sundial for kids us a square Duplo board. In the middle, make a tower of blocks. Now put your Duplo sundial in a spot that gets full sun. Every hour, on the hour, you will add as square Lego piece to the clock. Write the time on the block in sharpie (or use a label sticker so it can be peeled off when the project is done). Put the Lego exactly where the shadow of the middle tower is located. continue every hour. They will observe how the shadow tells you what time it is. The following day, ask your child what time it is using the sundial!


For another fun sundial project for kids, try our human sundial for a truly memorable science project.

solar eclipse science experiment for kids

Solar Eclipse for Kids

solar eclipse happens when the sun gets hidden behind the moon. For a few moments during the day, you can’t see the sun.  Sometimes there are up to five solar eclipses in one year. Did you know these solar eclipses can’t be seen from everywhere on earth?

To help kids understand the concept we used a inflatable earth, tennis ball, and a flashlight to recreate a solar eclipse.

solar-system-unit-about-the-sun-for-kids clever paint stick solar system 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.   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 for Kids

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 Activities for Kindergarten – learn about the sun and how the planets orbit around it including a fun planets game for kids!
  • Moon Activities for Kids & Astronauts Too – make oreo moon phases, DIY telescope, learn about the astronauts who landed on the moon, and more!
  • Inner Planets for Kids (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars) – Use our free planet worksheets and fun hands-on activities like Mercury craters, Venus’ melting rocks, layers of the earth, and Erupting Mars Volcano
  • Outer Planets for Kids (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) – combination of hands-on solar system projects and solar system printables; gaseous Jupiter, Saturn Rocket, plus cloudy Uranus and Neptune.
  • Pluto, Asteroid Belt, Comets, and Stars for Kids make a FUN constellation projector, cold Pluto ice cream project, and grape constellation project
  • Yarn Solar System Project – fun, unique, and easy solar system model that is cheap and so pretty!
  • Paint Stick Solar System Project – easy-to-make solar system model for kids that doubles as an activity for learning the names and order of the planets
  • Pipe Cleaner Constellations – fun hands on pipe cleaner constellations activity for kids
  • Simple Galaxy Science Experiments
  • Looking for more fun, engaging, creative, and memorable moon projects for kids? You will love this 50 Moon Activities for Kids & Crafts collection with the best ideas from the whole internet!
  • TONS of really cool Solar System Project Ideas for kids of all ages

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 Kids will have loads of fun learning about different star formations and their names with this easy-to-make Constellations Cootie Catcher. This is the perfect addition to your solar system for kids unit with preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students

Free Solar System Printables

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

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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  • Thank you so much for these resources! There is something here for each of my kids so we can learn about space together.

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