Solar System Planet Model

Solar System Planet Model

Course: Kids Craft
Cuisine: Craft
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A fun hands-on way to learn about the solar system!

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What You Need

Directions

  1. Hold the skewers by the pointed end and paint them all black.  

  2. Paint one cup all black on the outside. The other cup you will paint the top outer edge black so that when you stack them no white is showing. Let these dry and stack the cups with the bottom face up.

Painting the Planets

  1. Next, you can paint the foam balls the colors of the planets and let them dry. Here are the colors I did for each planet:
  2. Mercury-gray with a little white - 1" ball

    Venus-yellow and orange - 1.5" ball

    Earth-blue, green, and a little white - 1.5" ball

    Mars-red with a bit of orange - 1" ball

    Jupiter-light brown with a few white stripes - 2.5" ball

    Saturn-Yellow with a few brown stripes - 2.5" ball

    Uranus-light blue with a bit of white - 2.5" ball

    Neptune-blue with a bit of white - 1.5" ball

    The Sun-yellow - 4" ball

Assembling the Model

  1. Hot glue the Sun to the bottom of the black cups and let dry.
  2. Cut each skewer down a little bit so you have 8 different lengths and put a planet on the flat end of each skewer. Start with Mercury on the shortest skewer and work up in planet order to the longest skewer.
  3. Hot glue the bottom of the cup to the center of the black plate.
  4. Start with Mercury and poke the skewer into the cup close to the sun at the top of the cup. Continue next with Venus but place it a bit lower and about an inch over from the first one. Continue on with Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. They should look like they are going around the sun.
  5. Underneath the corresponding planet, place a sticker on the plate with that planets name written on it.
  6. Optional Step: Make a ring for Saturn with the tan foam by cutting out about a 2 3/4” circle. Cut the inside of that circle out, leaving about a ¼” ring and slip it over the Saturn planet.