Eager to launch into teaching your kids about the solar system? Here’s a creative solar system craft—creating a unique card for each planet in the solar system, as well as for the sun.
And if you want to transform your solar system craft into a mini study unit about the planets, here are some fun facts about the planets in our solar system:
- Mercury: Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun. It’s also the smallest planet in our solar system!
- Venus: Venus is often called Earth’s “sister planet” because the two planets are similar in size. It’s the hottest planet in our solar system due to its thick atmosphere, which traps heat.
- Earth: Earth is our home planet and the only known planet to support life. It has a unique atmosphere, water, and diverse ecosystems that make it a truly special place.
- Mars: Mars is often called the “Red Planet” because of its reddish appearance. It has the largest volcano and the longest canyon in the solar system!
- Jupiter: Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and has a strong magnetic field. It’s known for its colorful stripes and the Great Red Spot, a gigantic storm that has been raging for hundreds of years.
- Saturn: Saturn is famous for its beautiful rings made up of ice and rocks. It’s the second-largest planet and has dozens of moons, including the moon Titan, which has its own atmosphere.
- Uranus: Uranus is an icy planet that spins on its side, making it unique among the planets. It has a bluish-green color due to the methane in its atmosphere.
- Neptune: Neptune is the farthest planet from the Sun and is known for its vivid blue color. It has strong winds and a giant storm called the “Great Dark Spot.”
- Pluto: Although Pluto is no longer considered a planet, it’s still worth mentioning! It’s a dwarf planet located in the Kuiper Belt, a region beyond Neptune. Pluto has a heart-shaped feature on its surface named Tombaugh Regio.
- The Sun: While not a planet, the Sun is the star at the center of our solar system. It’s so big that about one million Earths could fit inside it!
Okay, let’s take off with this fun solar system craft!
List of Supplies for Solar System Craft:
- Different colors of craft paper
- White cardstock paper
- Craft glue
- Solar System Craft templates (Planets #1, Planets #2, Sun Template)
Instructions for Solar System Craft:
Select white cardstock paper to make the card base. Then, select colored craft paper for each planet. You can follow the template or you can also search the Internet to check the correct colors for each planet. Trace the planet patterns on the selected papers and cut them out nicely. Let’s start our craft with the sun, Jupiter, Uranus, and Mercury.
Stick the round yellow cutout in the middle of the orange cutout to craft the sun. Stick the small round cutouts on the Mercury base cutout.
Grab the Jupiter and the Uranus base cutouts. Attach the strip cutouts on each planet accordingly.
Use scissors to cut and trim the extra ends of the strip around the planet bases. Cut a slit along the yellow marked line of the Uranus ring pattern.
Insert the Uranus base pattern through the ring slit. Apply glue to fix the position of the planet base with the ring.
Now, attach each of the planet papercraft patterns on individual card cutouts.
Follow the same steps over again to craft Earth, Venus, Saturn, Mars, and Neptune. You’ll find the templates above in the “list of supplies” section.
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Books about Planets and the Solar System
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