Who is not fascinated by everything related to the universe or our solar system? Knowing what lies beyond our planet is always interesting. You can even create this fascination from an early age. One of the ways is to create this kids solar system mockup. They are going to have a good time.

How to make a solar system for kids

Do a model of the solar system It is a very interesting profession for children. Not only is it fun and interesting to do, but in doing so, kids can learn a lot more about our amazing solar system.

On the other hand, it must be said that there is no unique way to make a model of the solar system. They can be used many different materials and designs. What we’re going to offer you is one of the ways, quite simple, and then you can create your own variations.

The first thing in this case would be to say what we will need in order to be able to build our own model of the solar system. In this case, we need

  • Card stock as thick as possible
  • 9 or 10 balls of different sizes. Technopor balls are recommended
  • Glue
  • Brushes and tempera
  • Clay
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Pencils, scissors, etc.

With these materials, we will be practically ready to manufacture our model. But what are the steps to follow?

How to make a solar system for kids step by step

In our model of the solar system, we will use a design in which the sun will occupy one of the corners of the box. This way, it will be easier for us to draw the orbits and place the planets. Take a look at the following image to better see the design we have come up with. We know this is no design prodigy but it will help you understand the design we offer.

In our opinion, the best is start painting what will be the background of the solar system, that is to say the deep universe. We can use waxes or colored pencils, or even tempera. Black tones must be used, accompanied by touches of purple or even garnets. We can also add small white dots to illustrate the little stars.

Once the background is painted, we can proceed to paint the eye sockets (leaving a space in the corner where the sun will go). You need to leave enough spaces between them to accommodate the planets. In fact, we can choose your location right now cut technopor balls in the middle and marking its outline in the corresponding orbit. In the case of the sun, we will cut the ball into 4 parts, lengthwise and crosswise. We will only use one of these corners.

Now is the time to prepare the planets. For this we will use the 9 or 10 technopor balls (it depends on whether or not we want to include poor Pluto). You have to reserve the biggest ball for the sun. Then, we will use balls of different sizes, depending on the size of the planets. After the sun, the size order would be Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Earth, Venus, Mars, Mercury and Pluto.

We paint the planets with tempera. This can be done by following a color code available online, or by searching for photos of the planets. But for example, Mars is the red planet, so we can paint it that color. Yellow is for the Sun, while for Earth we will be using blues and touches of brown and green. We can add small details with plasticine, like ice on cold planets or rocks on Mars.

We remember that in a previous step we cut the technopor balls in half to mark the position of each planet in the orbits. Now is the time to glue the balls (planets) in their corresponding orbit, above and below the cardboard, making sure they are well glued. Remember that the order of proximity of the planets to the sun is Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

Finally, we give some final details. We paint the outlines of the sun yellow to simulate its rays. We add small pieces of clay around the planets to simulate satellites, stars or constellations. And with that, it will be.

In this case, it is a model which is very good if you put it in a place where the sun is around. In both cases, you can choose to make a solar system with full orbits, placing the sun in the center and the planets around it. The process would be the same, but it is even more difficult to properly draw the ellipses of the orbits.

Tips for building a solar system for kids

One of the best advice we can give is that when making a model of a solar system, the child must be accompanied by an adult. It is not just a question of supervision. In reality, making a model like this is not too difficult, and the child will not handle dangerous tools either. However, now is the right time to learn with children and teach them some mysteries of the solar system. It’s about learning while having fun.

On the other hand, it’s always a good idea to improvise and use our own tips or designs. For example, we can use glitter for the stars, or we can even include the names of planets and constellations. The options are very varied and you can find many ideas on the Internet.

Have special pay attention to cardboard and bale sizes. If the planets are too large, they could enter the orbits of other planets. Plus, they wouldn’t look too aesthetically pleasing. On the other hand, if the card stock is too big and the balls too small, the mockup will be too empty and with little relief.

Don’t forget patience. Much worse was having to face the dreaded macaroni houses, right?

What did you think of this model of the solar system? Do you have any other ideas to make this model for children even more beautiful?

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