What’s the easiest way to learn the solar system? Sing it! Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun by Marianne Berkes features a catchy tune that will give kids a leg up in their science lessons. We suggest it as a read-aloud (or sing-along) at home or in the classroom to make learning the planets truly memorable.
In addition to a read-aloud, we have 5 excellent free solar system activities that are creative, kinesthetic, and incredibly easy to prepare.
1. Size It! Compare the sizes of planets with fruits and vegetables.
This hands-on activity is a simple way to make sure kids never forget the relative sizes of planets, from Mercury (a pea) to Jupiter (a cantaloupe). All you need is a collection of fruits and a long roll of paper to draw on.
2. Who Am I? A Guessing Game
Use our free, colorful bookmarks featuring the art of Janeen Mason to set up a planetary guessing game. Get as complex or as simple as is appropriate for your group of kids with questions ranging from “Are you the hottest planet?” to “Are you Venus?”
3. Act It Out: A Planetary Game of Charades
Kids can use an entire room or field to play a game of planetary charades–and work off some energy in the process. Have them demonstrate the orbit of the planet they are representing as a clue, while you play the role of the Sun.
4. Planet Poetry: Write Acrostic Poems
Generate creative thinking through this poetry writing exercise, while cementing facts about the planets in kids’ brains. Start kids off with M-A-R-S before moving on the tougher J-U-P-I-T-E-R.
5. Showtime! Reader’s Theater
For this activity you will require the book Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun, but other than that all you will need are enthusiastic performers. After creating a simple script based on the book, kids will recite or sing taking on the voice of their planet as found in the book. Costumes are optional!
And don’t miss out on the 40% off sale on the book Going Around the Sun through the end of July!