The Solar System craze started about a half a year ago (August 2014). Planets caught E.’s attention while having the usual pre-dinner-youtube-video-watching session. Since then she’s been an expert in this field just like we needed to become.
Let me start with our favourite videos:
The very first song in the line – The Solar Sytemn Song by KidsTV123
She liked it so much that we had to watch it several times and of course more came:
These videos are not only about the names of the planets in our Solar System but also give some interesting information about them.
Then, we found Storybots on youtube. It’s hilarious. Even for parents. At last something I and Daddy love watching, too. Well, the next videos are not typical children videos. First: The Solar System Rap
(For a week we were playing the “Microphone game” i.e. throwing a microphone to each other – E. was the Sun, I was Mercury, Daddy was Venus (!) and Doggie was Mars. The game always ended with Mars as the dog couldn’t catch the microphone 🙂 By the way, Daddy made the microphone out of a kitchen roll tube, a deodorant cap and some duct tape.)
|I love the asteroid belt 🙂|
|Why did she put the cotton buds on the planets? – It beats me…|
I prepared a pom-pom colour sorting activity for her one afternoon (in September), which turned into a Solar System activity again. (It’s a kind of size comparison as well.)
Here is a video about her naming the planets in English and at the end she also sings one of the planet songs.
At the playground (at the beginning of October) we made the Solar System out of sand. It wasn’t my idea, but hers.
|Sand Solar System|
|Destroying the Sun|
|Destroying all the planets|
I made her a magnetic Solar System to play with. I found the following printable online at 2teachingmommies.com. You can find their Planet shadow match in their Space unit. (After downloading a zip file you need to print the Planet_shadow_match.pdf)
Sometimes we play with it on the floor, but nowadays the Solar System is on our fridge:
Here is a video how we play with it in Hungarian.
Last, but not least – salt dough planets. I’m sure the time comes in every family when they make salt dough, or some sort of home-made dough but you can use any kind of modelling clay as well. In this way E. could see the sizes compared to the sun (which is a yellow plastic ball). Originally we wanted to paint them, but somehow they disappeared during Christmas time.
|E. wanted Pluto added. It’s made out of kitchen foil|
For Christmas, E. got a Solar System Model Making Kit.
On Boxing Day the three of us were working on it all day.
|mixing the right colours|
We needed to paint and assemble the planets, then hang them on rods with fishing lines placing them around the sun in the centre.
|drying the planets|
I added some glow plaint (which was included in the set. The planets glow in the dark.) It was a great family activity (in English). It looks nice in our living room hanging from the central lamp. (Sorry, the photo was taken with my mobile phone.)
|Let’s read how we should put the whole thing together|
|measuring the fishing line|