Solar System mobile

We are working  on Apologia’s 2nd edition of Exploring Creation with Astronomy for an upcoming review. We also have been using the science kits from Magic School Bus and there is one about the solar system.

solar system mobile

Miss J is holding up the white board so that we can better see the mobile. It was disappearing into the background.


We used one of the projects from the Magic School Bus kit to create a solar system mobile. There is a foam ball for the sun and bouncy balls for the planets. I only wish they had color co-ordinated with what we expect a bit more and that the sizes were more varied. All is good, though. It gave us more fodder for discussion and evaluation.

Using the foam ball as the sun, we stuck wires through it and attached the bouncy ball planets on the ends. The girls had to adjust the wires carefully so that the planet closest to the sun was, in fact, closest to the sun but that meant the other end of that particular wire was farthest away. That meant evaluation to make sure they put the right planet on the other end of the wire. It was a good brain exercise.

After we got it up and hung it from the kitchen light, it was noted that Saturn had no rings. Using aluminum foil, some rings were fashioned and placed on Saturn so that it was more accurate.

All in all it was a fun and fairly simple way to review the placement of the planets.

At Home.

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4 thoughts on “Solar System mobile

  1. Cassandra Holdeman August 26, 2016 at 9:41 am Reply

    Cute solar system. We used the balloons idea to create ours, but I might have to go out and buy some foam balls to make another one.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome August 26, 2016 at 10:53 am Reply

      Thank you. It was fun and easy. I was glad we had this because we didn’t have any balloons.

  2. Kym Thorpe August 26, 2016 at 2:03 pm Reply

    What a great project! And I love how you made sure that you added rings to your Saturn.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome August 26, 2016 at 2:56 pm Reply

      Thank you. She tried a couple of different things (including gum wrappers) but resorted to new aluminum foil to get it done. Love her creativity.

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