Easy Solar System Mobile is the perfect science project to learn about how the planets move around the sun in our solar system.
This simple craft uses solar system coloring pages for kids to color for an easy template to create their own space model.
I recently bought some space books for kids, and my son immediately started asking tons of questions about space. This solar system project was the perfect solar system activity for kids to help answer his questions!
Here’s What You Need To Make a Solar System Model:
- Solar System coloring pages download – 2 copies printed on white cardstock
- Colored pencils, crayons, or markers
- White thread
- Ribbon or string for hanging
- Blank white cardstock
- Hole punch
- Tape (optional)
Solar System Project
Print two copies of the solar system coloring pages on white cardstock and color the sun and planets.
Cut around each planet and the sun, leaving a small white border on the outside. For one half of the sun leave about half an inch of white space at the bottom, as pictured below.
Apply glue at the back of one copy of each planet. Place one end of the thread covering the length of the planet and then place the other piece above to secure it. Repeat the same for all the planets to make the solar system mobile.
If you want to make them a little extra sturdy, try laminating them!
For the sun, apply glue to the bottom white space and glue the other half by overlapping. Use a small piece of white cardstock to secure the thread at the back of the sun.
Make a Hanging Frame for Your Planet Mobile
Cut two pieces of cardstock measuring 7.5 inches by 1 inch.
Make a 1/2 inch cut in the center of each piece, at the 3.75-inch mark. Punch 4 holes using a hole punch with an equal distance in both the piece of cardstock.
Connect the two pieces of cardstock in the middle with the 1/2 inch cut facing up for one and 1/2 inch cut facing down for the other. This will form the frame for your solar system project.
Attach the sun in the center by wrapping the thread around in the center point of the “X” shaped hanging frame and tying a knot. You can also use a piece of tape for extra security.
Loop the thread through each hole to attach the planets. Start by threading the inner planets — Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars — in the holes near the sun. Then add the outer planets — Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus — in the outer holes of the hanging frame.
To hang the frame, connect two pieces of ribbon that are the same length across the “X” frame. Tie a knot in the outer holes of the frame to secure. Take another piece of the ribbon and tie a knot in the center to hang the solar system project.
Solar System Facts For Kids
Impress your kids with your space knowledge by sharing these fun facts to share:
- MERCURY is the smallest planet in the solar system.
- VENUS is the hottest planet of the solar system and URANUS is the coldest planet.
- About 71% of EARTH’s surface is covered by water.
- MARS is called the red planet. Why? The planet appears red because of the rust in the Martin rocks.
- JUPITER is the biggest planet of the solar system.
- SATURN is called “the jewel of the solar system” because of its beautiful rings. Even though other planets have rings, Saturn’s rings can be seen from the eart with a small telescope.
- NEPTUNE is the most distant planet in the solar system.
Check out these awesome affilated books about our solar system, available on Amazon!
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