Impress your class mates with this easy-to-make
DIY Solar System!
Download this PDF to print out instructions.
What you will need
- EDUcraft Polystyrene Balls, 1 pack of 50
- EDUcraft Wood Dowels, 1 pack of 60
- Jasart Foam Sheets Red
- Reeves Acrylic Paint 75ml in Brown, White, Red,Blue, Green, Yellow and Orange
- Elmer’s PVA School Glue
- Paint Brush
How to do it
- Locate the largest polystyrene ball in the EDUcraft Polystyrene pack of 50 and keep aside, this will become the sun.
- Choose a further 9 polystyrene balls ensuring that you choose a variety of sizes to become the planets.
- Paint each planet a different colour including covering the sun. Build texture by layering the paints and colours. Reference the colours for each planet that we have used [starting closest to the sun: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto].
- Allow paint to dry.
- Gently trace a circle onto the red foam sheet using Saturn as a guide. Cut the hole. Mark out 1cm thickness around the circumference and cut. This will be your ring around Saturn. Ask Mum or Dad for help when using scissors.
- Once the paint is dry push a wooden dowel gently into each planet. Join each planet to the sun in sequential order. Ask Mum or Dad to help join all the pieces together.
- Use glue to adhere foam to wooden dowel and fix around Saturn.
Note: Use Elmer’s PVA School Glue to secure all the planets onto the wooden dowels for extra strength.