This week long I have been sharing solar system activities. On Monday I shared a set of 10 constellation mats. Tuesday’s activity was a hydroponic space garden. Today’s activity is a paper plate solar system spiral. It is made of two crafts that are created to go together. The first is a space painted paper plate. The second is planet painting on paper.
Painting the Paper Plate
You will need to start by painting the paper plate with a wad of paper towel or a sponge brush. Various shades or blue, black and gray can be dabbed onto the paper plate in layers. You may want to let the layers dry at little and then add a little more paint to the plate.
When the paint is dry you can cut the plate into a spiral that starts on the outside of the plate and makes its way inside the plate.
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They can try to paint the planets based on memory or you can set out some pictures for them to view. A solar system poster or book on the solar system like Smart Kids Space: For Kids Who Really Love Space! for your children to refer to.
We just dabbed wads of paper towels into a variety of colors that looked similar to the planets on a poster. Then we made small circles on a piece of card stock for each of the planets and the sun. You could have your children create each of the planets on an index card. When the circles are dry you can cut out the planets.
Combining the Two Planet Crafts
The final step is to combine the two crafts. Children will need to glue the planets and the sun onto the solar system spiral in order. We glued a small washer under the sun to pull the spiral down a little. You may need to put a planet book or solar system poster so they can check the order of the planets.
When the planets are in place, you can hang up your solar system. We used fishing line attached to the outside edges of the plate to hang our solar system up.
If you like this paper plate craft, here are some more paper plate crafts.