Children learn the great deal about earth and universe from solar system project. In many schools, teachers provide the basic knowledge regarding astronomy. Then, children will do project that represents the sun and planets, including earth.
This project seems trivial, but has huge impact to kids. They help to put what’s in book into reality. Modeling solar system helps you to understand the way planets move around with the sun as its center.
Solar System using Styrofoam
The simplest way to create solar system is using Styrofoam. Additional tools are glue, stick or rod, paper, color painting, and scissor. Here are the steps.
- Cut Styrofoam into balls with different size with proper proportion.
- Paint them in different colors, such as orange for sun, blue for earth, etc.
- Add stick to small ball then put another side on big one (as Sun).
- Make sure the sticks have different length that represents distance.
- Use paper to name the planets and put it on ball using glue.
Those are steps to create your own solar system. Kids can do it step by step easily. Keep them busy, but supervise thoroughly.
Wooden is material that can be shaped into many things. For solar system project, you can apply it. This is not project for kids only, but it needs teacher and adult support.
You have two ways for using wood in this project. First, purchase product on market then assemble it based on instruction. Second, just prepare DIY project, which takes time and effort.
To do the second option, cut wood in different size then shape them into globe contour. This is the most difficult thing without proper tool and method. After the process is done, add hole in different position, but make sure it is at the same line. Put the rod that connects big one (Sun) and the small ones using rod.
Puzzle Solar System
In addition, instead of project from scratch, teachers may consider to prepare puzzle. It will save time and effort, but still eligible for educational project.
You can create puzzle using Styrofoam or wood. Incomplete solar system provides basic task that children must find the missing piece. In Styrofoam, arrange planets in the right order then let children to add name on them.
For wood project, the design is similar but it can be extended with moon and satellite. They are for advanced study where students need to know the astronomy and universe terms.
Paper and Cardboard Project
Paper is good option for school project. Keep in mind that using paper does not mean it’s a printed solar system. There is task to form and shape paper or cardboard to represent Sun and the planets.
Firstly, prepare enough newspaper to make big ball shape then cover it with white one. Make more with various sizes from the biggest to smallest. Use rod to connect universe center, the biggest one, and the rest of planets. Add name for each planets in solar system project.