Exploring Space

I got the bright idea to make a solar system with the kids. Me being the perfectionist that I am, my first instinct was to do a papermache solar system to scale. Any of you who know anything about space know how laughable this idea would be to try an accomplish with a kindergartner. Those of you who don’t get the joke, hop on over to Think Zone and plug some numbers into their solar system model calculator:
If you want Earth to be 1 inch in diameter then you’re looking at placing Neptune at least 8 km from the sun. If you want Neptune 2 feet from the sun then Earth would be 0.0001725 cm! Crazy.

So I gave up on any thoughts of accuracy and just decided to keep it fun and easy.

We started out with 1 sheet of construction paper per planet, some scissors (to cut the construction paper into a square shape), crayons, solar system flash cards, and an origami book with instructions to make a paper ball (these instructions could also be found via youtube).
ABCs of Raising Geeklings, Exploring Space1 I had LittleMan use the flash cards as a guide while he colored each sheet of paper to look like the planet it would represent (ie, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune). Meanwhile I read fun facts about that planet from the encyclopedia.
ABCs of Raising Geeklings- Exploring Space
When he was finished coloring all the planets, I followed the directions in the origami book to make each sheet of construction paper into a 3D planet-like shape. I twisted some pipe cleaners to make a rings for Saturn then we strung them up above LittleMan’s bed with some thread.
ABCs of Raising Geeklings, Exploring Space2


This post has been part of The ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings series.

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2 Comments to Exploring Space

  1. Love the origami solar system 🙂

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