I am love playing through all these Galaxy Unit crafts and worksheets. If you missed the last short article we spanned Moon Phases with Oreos! This time we space talking around the Planets. We placed together this really stellar Solar system Planet Model because that kids. The sturdy and the perfect school job if your son is in need of one.

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My kids learned so much when structure this Solar device Planet Model. It was a great help for your worksheets to have the ability to see it and move it about if they needed to, to answer the questions.

Do you have actually a small astronaut? aid them develop this Solar mechanism Planet Model and also create memories as well.

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Solar mechanism Planet Model

What friend Need



2—1″ Foam Balls

3—1 1/2″ Foam Balls

3—2 ½” Foam Balls

1—4″ Foam Balls

Craft Paint—Red, Blue, Black, Orange, Yellow, Green, White, Brown

8 wooden Skewers


2 Styrofoam cups (8oz.)

Black paper Plate

Sheet that Tan Foam because that crafts

3 pipeline Cleaners, yellow

8 little Round White Stickers

Black Marker

Hot glue Gun


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 How come make Solar mechanism Planet design for Kids



Hold the skewers through the spicy end and paint them every black. Nothing worry around painting the point. Also, repaint one cup all black color on the outside. The various other cup girlfriend will paint the top external edge black so that when you ridge them no white is showing. Let these dry and also stack the cups v the bottom face up.


Next, you have the right to paint the foam balls the color of the planets and let lock dry. Below are the colors i did because that each planet:

Mercury-gray through a little white – 1″ ball

Venus-yellow and also orange – 1.5″ ball

Earth-blue, green, and a small white – 1.5″ ball

Mars-red through a little of orange – 1″ ball

Jupiter-light brown through a couple of white stripes – 2.5″ ball


Saturn-Yellow v a few brown stripes – 2.5″ ball

Uranus-light blue through a bit of white – 2.5″ ball

Neptune-blue through a little bit of white – 1.5″ ball

The Sun-yellow – 4″ ball

Related: Astronauts and space Shuttles Printable Workbook


Hot adhesive the sun to the bottom that the black color cups and also let dry.


Cut each skewer under a small bit therefore you have 8 different lengths and put a world on the flat finish of each skewer. Start with Mercury top top the shortest skewer and work increase in planet order come the longest skewer.


Hot adhesive the bottom the the cup to the center of the black plate.


Start through Mercury and poke the skewer into the cup close come the sun at the top of the cup. Continue next through Venus yet place it a bit lower and around an customs over native the first one. Proceed on through Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and also Neptune. They should look prefer they space going around the sun.

Underneath the equivalent planet, location a sticker ~ above the plate with that planets name created on it.

Optional Step: do a ring because that Saturn with the tan foam by cut out about a 2 3/4” circle. Cut the inside of that circle out, leaving about a ¼” ring and slip it over the Saturn planet.

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What is your favorite planet? Don’t forget about the Moon Phases – these 2 go hand in hand.