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Floating Solar System


When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project.

Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.
Age Range: 6 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for :
Science Project, Every Day and Rainy Day Activities

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
2 hours, plus drying time for glue and paint



 by Cheryl Ball

Materials needed:
Sakura Cray-Pas® Expressionist™ Oil Pastels
Elmer’s® Foam Board
Elmer’s® CraftBond ®Glue Spots
Elmer’s ® Disappearing Purple School Glue Stick
Elmer’s® School Glue
Cardstock – white, black
Paper towels
Craft knife
Cutting mat
Pop top

Pattern: (right click here and choose "Save As" to download to your system)

1.  Cut planet patterns from pattern sheet.  Trace each onto white cardstock leaving space around each.  Be sure to write the name next to each for future reference.
2.  Find a bowl or plate approximately 11 ½” across.  Trace onto Foam Board sheet then carefully cut out with craft knife using cutting mat.  Center foam board circle onto black cardstock and trace around.  Cut about ¼” outside drawn line making it slightly larger.
3.  Tear off several sheets of paper towels then cut into fourths.
4.  Color in planets referring to photo for reference.  Draw on color where desired with in a planet starting with light to darkest, covering most of the paper.  Crumple a section of paper towel then using a lot of pressure, swirl blending colors together letting color go outside of lines.  More color can be added as needed for desired effect.  Fill in all planets.
5.  Cut out planets writing name of each on back with pencil.  Set aside.
6.  Apply glue to one side of foam board and smooth to edges with finger.  Center black cardstock round onto glue then press to secure.
7.  Add several glue spots (or tape that is curled into a circle with the sticky side out) to back of each planet then position where desired on black round. Peel off paper backing and press into place.
8.  To create hanger first determine top of solar system, flip over and make a pencil mark.  Add a small puddle of glue then press in pop top.  Let dry.



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