Crafty Monday: Planet Mobile & Constellation crafts

Hello friends! This week in Homeschool we continued our study of Space. We learned about the planets and made a nifty planet mobile.

Planet Mobile

We actually found this on enchantedlearning.com. You have to subscribe to see it I think.

Basically you need this:

  • A round piece of cardboard about 1 ft across (the cardboard from a frozen pizza works well)
  • Lots of colors of construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • String (we used fishing line…good except it curled a bit)
  • Pencil, crayons, or markers
  • A compass (for making circles) or jar lids/cups

1. draw a cross on the pizza circle :). Line top to bottom then left to right.

2. Draw the orbits of the 9 planets (draw circles around the center of the piece of cardboard). The first 4 planets orbit relatively close to the Sun, then there is a gap. Then the last 5 planets orbit very far from the Sun.

3. Punch a hole in the center of the cardboard for the Sun. Then punch one hole on each orbit according to where the planets are supposed to be. We looked at our Planet book to figure it out.

4. Draw circles for the planets on the construction paper. Remember some planets are bigger and some smaller than others.

5. You can tape string to the planets but we made a small hole in the top and then tied fishing line to them.

6.  Lace the string through the proper holes on top. We then taped the string to the top of the cardboard. The site says to “adjust the length of the strings so that the planets (and Sun) all lie in a plane.” We probably didn’t do that part right…

7. To hang your model (mobile), tie three pieces of string to the top of the cardboard – then tie these three together. Tie them to a longer string (from which you’ll hang your model).

We then learned about Constellations. Michael read a book about the history of constellations. We found “The Constellation Song” here with lyrics:

http://sciencenotebooking.blogspot.com/2011/09/constellation-cards.html

At this site:  http://deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com/2011/08/if-i-was-constellation.html

we found the “If I Was a Constellation” idea. It was really fun taking silly pictures.

We printed them out and held it up to the window to trace.

We put them on the bulletin board for comparison. Too cute!

We made a nifty Constellation Book using blue construction paper & a hole punch. I used Enchantedlearning.com to find the names and shapes of different constellations. I drew them and Michael used the hole punch on the stars.

Well, God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Jump to Part 1 of Space Studies:

Crafty Monday: Oreo Moons

Jump to Part 3 of Space Studies:

Crafty Monday: Jet Pack, the Four Seasons, and a Jar of Stars

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