8 Solar System Projects That Are Out Of This World

Learn more about planets in our solar system with these awesome projects! From solar system visualizations made with duct tape to spectacular sundials, each of these projects introduces kids to space in a fun way (with accessible materials)!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Duct Tape Sheet Solar System

    My daughter loves outer space and planets and can name each planet, so we decided to make a fun solar system out of duct tape sheets!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Pom Pom Planets
    Pom Pom Planets

    (Ages 5-11)

    Explore the solar system as you make pom pom planets.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Glowing Planets
    Glowing Planets

    (Ages 3-8)

    As a busy parent, I’m trying to make the most of our creating time and have really focused on all aspects of the process: brainstorming, making a plan, following step by step instructions, and testing our designs. Now it’s time to put your brainstorming skills to use with a fun project: Glowing Planets.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Spinning Space Orrery

    For a long, long time, people thought that the Sun and all of the other planets revolved around the Earth. This was called the geocentric, or Earth-centered, model of the solar system. Of course, now we know that the Sun is the center of the solar system, not the Earth - the solar system is actually heliocentric, or Sun-centered.

    But the geocentric and heliocentric models had something in common - astronomers used orreries to study them! An orrery is a mechanical model of the motion of the planets in our solar system. Try making your own orrery by downloading the printable here!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Solar Oven
    Solar Oven

    (Ages 5-16)

    Have you ever tried to harness the power of the sun to create some s'mores? Camping is the perfect time to do it. During the day, I set up my DIY solar oven and stacked up my ingredients inside. Then, I just let it sit while I went for a quick hike around the campsite. When I returned, I had a delicious, melted snack that was ready to eat thanks to my solar oven!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Sundial

    (Ages 3-8)

    Are you aware of how the sun moves across the sky every day? Making this simple sundial inspired in us all sorts of scientific observations!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Solar Energy and Water

    Using a piece of black construction paper and a piece of white paper, we'll set two bowls outside and see if one of them warms up faster!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Phases of the Moon

    Learn about why the moon appears to change shape as it rotates around the Earth.

Get inspired!