My son is fascinated with the planets, space, the stars, sun … he knows all the planets and the number of moons they have, how the solar system formed and repeats the facts over and over. A great summer project that spans over afew days was making our very own solar system.
What you will need:
- a large box (i.e computer box or boot or small appliance box)
- styrofoam or foam balls
- string or fishing line
Step 1: Determine the size of your planets and cover the sphere with paper maché. I made a homemade version of the paper maché paste by mixing 1 part flour to 2 parts water in a large bowl. Mix it until there are very few lumps.
You can use newspaper, but I had lots of lightweight white bond paper around and covered the spheres this. Insert a screw so that you can tie a string on the planet to suspend them. Let the spheres dry until it becomes firm.
Step 2: Have fun and paint your planets. (It can get alittle messy!) Let dry.
Step 3: We recently upgraded to a new computer so the computer box was a perfect size to house our space adventures. Paint the inside of the box and hang the planets using string or fishing wire. I also used old ribbons and elastics that were around the house and we cut out some stars and glued them to the box.