One of the art projects we did for space was to make our own planets. I die-cut circles our of white paper towels and then I let the children paint them using liquid watercolors and eye droppers. They turned out awesome! 🙂 So bright and colorful! Once they were dry we glued them black construction paper and put rings around them using glitter. I love looking at them hanging on the wall! We’ve gotten many compliments on them!
To go along with our space theme we taught the children a song to help them learn the plant names. Here’s how it goes:
I Know the Planets to the tune of “Skip to My Lou”.
I know the planets, how about you? I know the planets, how about you? I know the planets, how about you? Lets say the names together!
Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars; Jupiter and Saturn among the stars; Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto too; All spin around in space its true!
Everything goes around the sun. Spinning, Spinning everyone! The Earth is ours, it’s number three. Its atmosphere is right for me!
The children have really fallen in love with this song and request it all the time! The parents have even said how surprised they are to hear that their children know the names off all the planets! And, yes, I know that Pluto is no longer considered a planet – but I still teach it. I just tell the kids it’s more of a minor planet because it is so small but it is still a part of our solar system. It’s exiting to see how my children have fallen in love with our space unit!