Today we are making a model that is out of this world! Educational posters and models are a good way to keep learning materials around the house – especially in your child’s bedroom. This project is a perfect self-made, informative art piece for your kid’s wall.
Paint (All colors including black)
Hot glue gun
The solar system is made of the sun and the planets. The sun is actually a big star. The planets in order from the sun are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Pluto is sometimes not classified as a planet, so you can opt out of including it if you want. Click on this link for more on each planet. A great way to remember the order of the planets is to learn this little saying: “My very educated mother just served us nine pizzas.”
Step 1: Paint the poster board black for the sky. Use the glitter paint to make it shiny and bold.
Step 2: Mold the planets and make sure you are sizing them correctly relative to one another.
A sample range when considering sizes for planets, from large to small, might measure:
Mercury (orange): 1 inch
Venus (yellow): 2 inches
Earth (blue): 2 inches
Mars (red): 1 and 1/2 inches
Jupiter (brownish with a red spot): 4-7 inches
Saturn (yellow with red ring): 3- 6 inches
Uranus (green): 4-5 inches
Neptune (blue): 3-4 inches
If you want to include Pluto (gray): ½ inch
Step 3: Paint the planets. Make sure to paint them in colors that are close to what they look like (ie: paint the Earth with blue and green)
Step 4: Let everything dry
Step 5: Glue the planets to the poster board in order of distance from the sun.
Example of finished products can be found here.
Tag @themodernteacher when you make your solar systems!