How to: Make your own Solar System-in-a-box

July 8, 2014

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.

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What you will need:

  • a large box (i.e computer box or boot or small appliance box)
  • styrofoam or foam balls
  • paint
  • string or fishing line
  • screws

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.

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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.

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Step 2: Have fun and paint your planets. (It can get alittle messy!) Let dry.

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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.

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Choocha_SolarSystem_3 Choocha_SolarSystem_14 Choocha_SolarSystem_15 Choocha_SolarSystem_16Choocha_SolarSystem_20Hours of fun from a box with lots of exciting space travel expeditions to be had. Great hours of play n’ learn when adding rocket ships, asteroids, black holes and aliens.

 

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