Educational crafts for kids: Making a paper model of the solar system
There are many fun activities that you can do with your children. This craft is both educational and will offer days of fun for you and your children.
Because many children are fascinated by colors and textures, craft activities involving the solar system can be very rewarding for children. Not only can they learn about the earth, they can also learn about the surrounding planets and the sun. Paper models of the solar system can be a great way to teach your child about the stars and the moon as well.
Paper models of the solar system are easy to make if you follow some simple instructions.
Start by cutting out pictures of the solar system and showing them to your children. Posters also work well because the items are large enough for children to see. Teach your children the names of the planet and teach them how to differentiate between the planets by having them learn the color of each.
The sun is bright orange, red, yellow and looks like fire. Mercury looks gray in color. Then comes Venus, which appears to be tan and has shades of brown. Next is Earth. Most people see Earth as being blue, green and brown. Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and has colors of red and pink on its surface. Jupiter is the larges planet in the solar system and appears to have brown, green and tan rings on its surface. Saturn is the next planet in line and is characterized by its famous rings. Don’t forget about Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, whose colors are light blue, dark blue and gray.
To make a paper model, children can ball up pieces of paper into different sizes. Older children can then wrap the balls with masking tape to make a solid surface. Younger children will be fine with just wadded up paper balls.
Now is the time to put on a paint smock or other protective clothing. One of Dad’s old button-down shirts turned around backwards works well to protect clothing from flying paint.
After identifying each planet, young children can then dip the balls into paint until the surface is covered and place them on newspaper to dry. Children who can hold a paintbrush can experiment with different colors and shading by painting on the balls.
After each ball has been painted and dried, they can then be displayed in an attractive way. Young children can paste the dried balls onto a large piece of cardboard or construction paper. They can then draw stars and moons around some of the planets and can give the sky a nice dark color. Older children can attach strings to their planets and hang them in the same order that they are present in the sky. They can also make moons for the planets and attach them to the balls with toothpicks and glue. Rings can be made for Saturn by cutting a hole in the center of a paper plate and gluing it to the paper ball.
There are many fun activities that you can do with your children or school class that will teach them all about the solar system. This is only one fun idea. Be creative with your children and you will get them excited about learning, living and creating.