I think children remember facts and concepts when we have them interact with them. This algorithm coding activity will make it easy to remember the planets for kids. Your children will build an algorithm or create a series of steps that connects the word Start to the planet, Neptune.
Planets for Kids Activity
You will need to start by printing out the Planets in Order Coding Activity. It was created with colored planet graphics. While you could print it out in black in white, the characteristics of each planet may be hard to see in black and white.
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Starting the Activity
Your children will start at the word Start and decide what direction they will need to go to get to Mercury. (They can really only decide to go up or to the right due to Mercury’s placement on the grid.) An arrow pointing the direction they think they should go will then be drawn in the box to the right or above the word Start.
Children will continue connecting the planets with arrows. As they connect the planets together, they are creating an algorithm. I mentioned saying up, down, left or right. If you would like them to say that they are going north, south, east or west that will be fine.
When the have reached the box right before Neptune, your children are not done with the planets for kids activity. You will want to take the time to have them describe the path they have created. There is more than one way that they could have created their algorithm. It will be fun for you to hear why they made the choices the did.
This post is part of a series of solar systems activities. Below you will find a complete list of the solar system activities I have shared this week.
If you like this Planets for Kids activity and are interested in doing more coding with your kids, here are some wonderful coding activities and printables.