Our solar system is a pretty awe-inspiring place and so much bigger than we can comprehend! We’ve gathered some interesting bits of info and fun activities on the topic for all to enjoy. Click the icon below for an information and activity packet you can print for your residents.
The internet has countless options for crafts and activities related to the solar system. Here’s a variety of options we liked best.
From largest to smallest, each fruit or vegetable represents the size of the planet in relation to the others. Bonus… this no-waste activity is completely edible afterwards!
- Jupiter (diameter 88,846 miles) = watermelon
- Saturn (diameter 74,900 miles) = large grapefruit
- Uranus (diameter 31,764 miles) = apple
- Neptune (diameter 30,775 miles) = small apple
- Earth (diameter 7,926 miles) = cherry tomato
- Venus (diameter 7,519 miles) = grape
- Mars (diameter 4,220 miles) = blueberry
- Mercury (diameter 3,032 miles) = pea
- Pluto (diameter 1,433 miles) = peppercorn
Crafts/Experiment for all ages:
There are as many ways to build or decorate a solar system as there are stars in the sky (pun intended). You could paint or decorate styrofoam or paper craft balls to create planets or make a swirly galaxy of fruit dip or chocolate sauce on a plate and use fruit or candy as planets, meteoroids, and comets.
Some other fun ideas include:
- Pocket Solar System
- Make a Planet Mask
- Plan a trip to Mars! (Writing activity)
- Star Trek
- Star Wars
- Hidden Figures
- Rocket Man by Elton John
- Starman by David Bowie
- Across the Universe by the Beatles
- Contact by Daft Punk
- Counting Stars by One Republic