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Swirling Galaxy Science Project

Bring the wonder of outer space into your home with this fun swirling galaxy science project that shows kids how spiral galaxies get their shape. This galaxy science experiments is perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. You will love simple this easy science experiment is to try along with your solar system for kids science lesson. Use this galaxy science project ideas at home or school to make science fun for kids of all ages!

Bring the wonder of outer space into your home with this fun swirling galaxy science project that shows kids how spiral galaxies get their shape. This galaxy science experiments is perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. You will love simple this easy science experiment is to try along with your solar system for kids science lesson. Use this galaxy science project ideas at home or school to make science fun for kids of all ages!

Galaxy science project

I have always been fascinated by outer space. I love stargazing on a clear night, getting up in the wee hours to get a glimpse of meteor showers, and visiting the local observatory to see through their powerful telescope. These are things I have enjoyed since I was young. Now, I drag my own kids out to try and foster a love and appreciation of the vastness of space in them, as well. This galaxy science project is a great way to help kids visualize how our Milky Way galaxy gets its shape! This galaxy science experiments is perfect for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students.

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Milky way galaxy for kids

One of my favorite websites to visit and browse is the NASA image gallery. This is a searchable database of official NASA photographs of everything from NASA spacecraft to deep space images from the Hubble Telescope. I gravitate toward the images of far away galaxies. This is one of my favorites.

This is an image taken by the Hubble Telescope of distant, interacting galaxies called Arp 273. These spiral galaxies are so close together that the gravitational pull of the smaller galaxy, UGC 1813, has distorted the shape of the larger one, UGC 1810, so that it looks like a sort of rose.

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Galaxy science experiments

This galaxy experiments is simple, fun, and beautiful to make with kids of all ages!

To recreate the spinning of these spiral galaxies, grab a few simple supplies: colored paper, a hole punch, a quart jar filled about 2/3 with water, and a wooden spoon.

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Galaxy science project ideas

Punch 20-25 holes in various colors of paper. The resulting paper circles are your stars, planets, and space dust in your galaxy science fair projects. Then, drop your celestial bodies into the water.

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Carefully, stir the water and the paper circles in a swirling motion with the handle of the wooden spoon. Try to not push the paper under the water. You want the your space objects to float. When the paper starts swirling, stop stirring and quickly remove the spoon. Now, be amazed by your own swirling, spiral galaxy!

You should see some expansion of the paper circles as they move away from the center point. Keep trying this until you see a spiral form.

Spiral Galaxy Explained

Galaxies are huge groups of stars, gas, and dust held together by a gravitational force. Our own Milky Way galaxy is estimated to be made up of over 300 million stars and is 100,000 light years in diameter. Yet, there are known galaxies that are much, much larger. The Hercules A galaxy is 1.5 million light years in diameter!
The universe is so vast that we do not know how many galaxies actually exist. The Hubble Telescope has revealed over 100 billion galaxies, but that number is estimated to grow to over 200 billions as technology to discover them advances.
These billions of known galaxies can be separated into a few distinct types. The most common, and the one I think of when I picture a galaxy in my mind, is the spiral galaxy. Spiral galaxies, like our own Milky Way, consist of a rotating center disc with spiraling arms extending out from the center of the galaxy. It is this rotation that we re-created in this activity!

clever paint stick solar system project  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.  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. Kids will have fun learning about the formations the stars make in the night sky with these super cute, free printable, Constellation Flashcards.  Plus, don't miss all the fun star activity ideas for using your cards. Perfect for solar system unit for kids in pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade studying astronomy These free, no-prep Constellation Worksheets are a great way for children to learn about 28 different constellations that can be found in the night sky in either the Northern or the Southern Hemisphere. Included in this pack of Constellation activity sheets are several fun ways for kids to explore the solar system for kids and the patterns stars make in the sky. Simply print pdf file with Constellation Printables and you are ready to play and learn about constellations for kids with a fun constellations activity with 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:

100 Amazing Food Experiments for Kids - so many clever edible science projects for kids of all ages to explore chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science! #scienceexperiment #scienceproject #kidsactivities Learn how to make these beautiful chromatography flowers using coffee filters and markers. This is both a fun art project AND a simple science experiments for kids that explores colors while making pretty craft flowers for spring and summer.  This STEAM project is the perfect spring activity for toddler, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarteners, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders. 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.

Science for Kids

Looking for lots more fun, science experiments for kids? You’ve GOT to try some of these outrageously fun science experiments for kids! We have so many fun, creative and easy science experiments for elementary age children:

This watermelon rubber band activity is an epic science experiment for kids of all ages Help kids learn about what is under their skin with this fun, interactive, and hands on human body project for kids from toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. This can be a simple life size human body project or use our free printable templates to add bones of the body, organ templates, and more. This engaging science project is EASY and LOW PREP too.  dying flowers science experiment

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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