As I mentioned in an earlier post, 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. Using this kit, we took one of the activities for creating a solar system picture and completed it as a family.
Using black paper for the background, the girls cut out a sun a placed it on the left hand side to be the “center” of the universe and have everything expand outward from that point. They then cut each planet out of colored paper, paying attention to size and color. They did a pretty good job, especially since they had to work together.
They glued them down on the background and labeled each planet with its name. We also talked about the characteristics of each planet that they already knew. We will study them more in depth in the coming weeks with the astronomy course.
After they were glued down, we talked about orbits a bit and how they must be steeper rounds close in to the sun and wide farther out from the sun. The girls then took turns drawing the orbits for the planets on the black background. And, we had out solar system pictures. It didn’t take too long and was lots of fun. It was a great review and pre-learning activity all rolled into one.