Every child in the public school system has to make a solar system model at some point in their lives. Well, it seems that way to me. 🙂
The options are endless, but to keep things within budget it is best to print your own. That is why I made these Free Solar System Printables in a scaled-to-size ebook that you can print out and use to your heart’s content.. 🙂 Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to get your free printable!
In addition to these scaled-to-size planet printables, I also made a list of several great solar system printables and activities. I hope you find it useful in your solar system for kids learning adventures!
Tripp (12) has a Solar System project due today. We knew about it a couple weeks ago and ordered the Planets on Amazon. I was expecting to receive the item, but instead I received an email telling me they had canceled the order!
So, after checking every store around us, we finally just had to make them. The Teacher wanted them scaled to size. Well, it is virtually impossible to find a scaled-to-size, printable solar system! So, I had to make some. If making them, I figured I should share them with you as well. 🙂
What are some fun facts about the solar system for kids?
The solar system is a fascinating subject for children to explore. It contains countless unique features that will astound young learners.
For example, did you know that the sun is over 4.5 billion years old?
Also, it’s estimated that the planet Jupiter has 79 known moons!
There are various other interesting facts about the solar system; temperatures on Venus can reach up to 462°C, Saturn has beautiful and iconic rings made of ice particles and dust, and Mars has large canyon systems longer than Earth’s Grand Canyon.
All these points demonstrate how captivating the solar system can be for kids – so encourage your child to geek out in their learning!
Why is the solar system so fascinating?
The solar system is an intriguing scientific phenomenon for many reasons.
From the mysteriousness of Saturn’s rings to the beauty of a lunar eclipse, mankind has long been captivated by its majestic vastness and secrets.
Its various planets, moons, and minor planets allow us to explore and explain the mechanics of celestial movement. At the same time, the fact that they are so far away underscores how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things.
People strive to learn more about our solar system as it offers an understanding of how Earth fits into this beautiful masterpiece created by nature.
Simply looking up at night and seeing our entire solar system in front of us can be both awe-inspiring and humbling, making it a fascinating subject for research and exploration.
What are ways to get kids interested in the solar system?
Introducing children to the wonders of the solar system is an excellent way to help them broaden their horizons and gain knowledge beyond our Earth.
As with any subject, a hands-on approach can be one of the best ways to get kids interested in learning about the solar system.
For example, creating a model of the planets or giving each kid a mini telescope are activities that require little materials yet produce great results.
Additionally, educational videos, books, and websites that feature exciting images and facts about the planets should be presented in a fun, interactive way designed to pique kids’ interest in the greater universe.
Lastly, classroom visits from science professionals such as planetarium directors are an effective method for teachers to create enthusiasm for space exploration among their students.
What is the order of the planets in the solar system?
The vast expanse that comprises our solar system is home to eight planets, each with its own distinct characteristics and qualities.
These planets can be viewed in the order of their distance from the sun: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
Beyond Neptune, we enter an area known as the Kuiper belt, where many comets and other icy objects reside.
With further advancements in astronomy and space exploration techniques, astronomers continue to search for potential new members of our solar system.
As such, there may one day be a ninth planet officially recognized as part of this amazingly complex environment.
Free Solar System Printables:
Simply click the picture above to get to the Solar System Free Printables! Then, print them out and color them to your heart’s content. 🙂 Oh, I mean, make your solar system project ;-).
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The following homeschool picks of mine can be found on Etsy. Simply click the image that interests you – yes, they do contain affiliate links.
Tripp is now a Senior in high school and throughout the years, he has been very interested in our Solar System. Space is kind of his thing. He was pulled out of the public school system shortly after I originally wrote this post.
We spent years learning about different stars and planets while homeschooling and developing his love of all things space.
Now, Tripp is planning to go to college to be an Astrophysicist! How exciting is that?
If your child shows interest in something, feed them! Give them as much as you can about that interest. You never know what kind of expert you just might develop!
More Solar System Printables & Activities:
- Over 20 Solar System Crafts for Kids
- Free Printable Planet Word Search
- Solar System Handwriting Sheet
- Solar System Coloring Pages for Kids
More Solar Systems Resources:
All of the following pieces are chosen by me for you (and me) and contain affiliate links. Tripp, my aspiring astrophysicist put his stamp of approval on these as well.
- Learning Resources Giant Magnetic Solar System
- 27″ Inflatable Astronaut
- Space Odyssey Fact Cards 14 Pack
- Planets (Hardcover)
- National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space (First Big Books)
- There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)
- Educational Insights Geosafari Motorized Solar System
- Melissa & Doug Solar System Floor Puzzle
If you have older kids, as I do, that are super interested in how our solar system works, you might be interested to know that the following books are on Tripp’s wish list. So, your teenager just might want them, too!
The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller – Read the novel that started it all. The Atlantis Gene is the first book in The Origin Mystery, the global bestselling trilogy that is now in development to be a major motion picture.
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries – One of America’s best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.
Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour – Describing the latest discoveries in astrophysics, the informative and entertaining narrative propels you from our home solar system to the outermost frontiers of space.
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel – Inspired by the fantastic worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Back to the Future, renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Michio Kaku takes an informed, serious, and often surprising look at what our current understanding of the universe’s physical laws may permit in the near and distant future.
The Grand Design – In this startling and lavishly illustrated book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about these and other abiding mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by brilliance and simplicity.
Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos – Kaku skillfully guides us through the latest innovations in string theory and its latest iteration, M-theory, which posits that our universe may be just one in an endless multiverse, a singular bubble floating in a sea of infinite bubble universes.
Do you have a child that has a love of space, stars, rockets, etc? I would love to hear about it!