Outer Space Birthday Party
DIY Solar System
Use a pot lid to trace eight arcs on black construction paper.
Cut Styrofoam balls in half and paint with Styrofoam primer.
- black poster board or construction paper
- mini Styrofoam balls (check your local dollar store)
- assorted craft paint and brushes
- white paint pen
- sharp knife
- large pot lid from kitchen
- Styrofoam primer (MagiKote)
- solar system labels (pdf)
- With a pot lid, trace eight arcs along your black construction paper, leaving a small space for the sun at the front.
- Cut assorted sizes of Styrofoam balls in half with the sharp knife. You will need one larger half ball, four medium-sized, and three smaller half balls to make eight planets.
- Paint them with a coat of Styrofoam primer (if you prefer, you can tape them down to a piece of paper to make them stay in place while painting). Allow them to dry.
- Paint the shape of a sun with yellow and orange craft paint on the far left side of the black construction paper.
- Using assorted craft paint colors, paint all eight planets. Mercury: gray; Venus: yellowish white; Earth: blue, green, and white; Mars: red orange; Jupiter: orange and white; Saturn: pale yellow; Uranus, light blue; Neptune: light indigo.
- Once the planets are dry, glue them to the front of the black construction paper along their orbit lines in the order listed above. Draw a ring on either side of Saturn with your white paint pen.
- Print and cut out the planet labels, placing them below each of the planets. Add the label to the front of the mini solar system and you are done. This activity is a great way for the kids to have fun and learn at the same time!