Outer space is a fascinating subject for children of all ages. It is never too early for kids to start learning about stars, moons and planets. Even preschoolers will enjoy learning about space, and craft projects will help them to better understand what they are learning. A model of a planet is one simple and inexpensive project that is easy enough for preschool-age children to do.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 1 big styrofoam ball
- Smaller styrofoam balls
- Pipe cleaners
- Decorative paper
Have the children colour the big styrofoam ball using different markers. They can colour it whatever colours they like or you may have them copy a picture of an actual planet depending on your lesson plan. For older kids you could use paint, but markers are easy for preschoolers to use and they are easy to clean up.
Have the children also colour the smaller styrofoam balls with the markers. These can be used as the planet's moons or as smaller surrounding planets.
Attach the small balls to the big one using the toothpicks.
Use the pipe cleaners to create rings around the planet. You can glue the pipe cleaners directly to the planet or you may glue them to the tips of toothpicks and then stick the toothpicks into the styrofoam ball. This will give the illusion that the rings are not attached to the planet, but floating around it as they actually are in space.
Add any decorations that the children may want to add. These might include pieces of decorative or coloured paper, stickers and glitter. Glitter will add another dimension to the planet and make it look more like an object from outer space.
Tips and warnings
- Let the kids be creative and have fun. They will learn more when they enjoy it.
- If you are teaching about a certain planet print out pictures of it and have the children try to copy it as they make the model.
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