Science: Having Fun with the Solar System

G2 is learning about space in school so when I this cool solar system jigsaw puzzle in Borders, I couldn’t resist. It would have been way cooler if it had been “glow in the dark” but for RM25, who’s complaining?

Family time... Working on the solar system jigsaw puzzle.

All right! All right! The truth is I’ve always wanted one of these for myself because space is my own pet interest. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t hopeful that the boys might get interested if I started working on it. And they did…

Family time... Working on the solar system jigsaw puzzle.Family time... Working on the solar system jigsaw puzzle.

G1 worked on it with me fairly solidly from the start and would have continued if we were interrupted by dinner. The next morning, G2 decided he had to put in the finishing touches since most of the work was already done.

Lazy mornings with the boys... Mum does all the hard work and the boys put in the finishing touches... #solarsystem #jigsaw #puzzlesFamily time... Working on the solar system jigsaw puzzle.

We also got into the subject of Pluto’s “planet” status which is apparently under debate again and discovered that NASA’s New Horizons is scheduled to pass Pluto on July 14 this year.

Image Source: Space.com

Other Cool Activities for Kids on the Solar System

Papier Mache Solar System Model

There are lots of instructions for these around:

Source: Instructables

Solar System Hanging Mobile

If papier mache is too messy for you, here’s another art and craft activity you can try making a solar system hanging mobile. Instructions here:

You can also get a DIY model kit from 4M Labs if you want it even easier.

Image Source: Solar System for Kids

How Many Planets – They Might Be Giants

You can learn about the planets by singing along with They Might Be Giants…

Magic School Bus Gets Lost in Space

Or you can read about it from Miss Frizzle and her adventures on the Magic School Bus (another series of fun science storybooks that we really enjoyed):

You can also watch the video from ETeach3r on Vimeo:

The Cat in the Hat – There’s No Place Like Space

The Cat in the Hat also tells you all about the planets in There’s No Place Like Space:

And on their video series – The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That: Space is the Place.

Or from the Cat in the Hat App on Space:

Study the Constellations

When G1 was little, we made a night sky projector from a DIY kit. It was crude and highly inaccurate, but it was fun to make. I’ve always been bummed by the fact that we can’t really study the night sky here because our city lights are too bright. The only time we ever managed to do any star gazing was when we were back in Australia. So I looked around for night sky projector and found this…

The Star Theater Pro from Uncle Milton

Pretty sure the boys wouldn’t really care for it but the child in me really wants it. I could go to sleep to this every night…

More Stuff on the Solar System:

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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