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Eight planets 1-8
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* Intro to The Nine Planets
* What is Space Day?
* Shapes > Circle
What is Space Day?
Space Day was instituted in 1997 and is celebrated the first Friday
For adults: to familiarize
ourselves with Space Day let's visit spaceday.org
and explore some of the things that are done on this special day.
Children and adults are fascinated by space and at some point most
of us fantasize about being astronauts.
Today the activities are going to focus on introducing The Eight Planets, the children will hear some brief facts for each
planet, then they will identify that the planets are shaped like
a circle and they will practice numbers 1 thru 8 by
doing a simple activity in which they will see how each planet is
positioned away from the sun. Here is a 2006
revised definition for what is a planet. There are eight
planets and three dwarf planets in the solar system.
Activity #1: Learn Planet Facts at KidZone's Planet
1. At Kidzone's
Planet Facts young children will get to see neat pictures of the
planets and you can share (adapt to the children's age) some basic
facts about planets. Share with children that this report
about the planets was prepared by Tasha age 7! Great
Activity #2: Fun with Planets: Practice Circles,
Colors, Count to 1 to 9
Planet Facts you can do the following activities:
1. Ask what shape are the planets.
2. Have the children try to identify colors in each
3. Ask children to point to the planet that has rings around
4. Count the planets from 1 to 8.
Activity #3: Practice Numbers 1 - 8 with the
Planets - Planet Banner or Mobile Ages 3 to 8
View this image of the eight
planets, and the dwarf planets: Ceres, Pluto and Eris
to support the activities below.
1. Print these planets color images planets
1 (exclude the smallest, Pluto,
now a dwarf planet) and planet
page 2 > Saturn
page 3 > Jupiter. and write the numbers 1 through 8 in order:
#1 Mercury, #2 Venus, #3 Earth, #4 Mars, #5 Jupiter, #6 Saturn, #7
Uranus, #8 Neptune - This is the order of the planets from closest to
farthest from the sun.
2. Explain to children there are eight planets, and show the planet
page and count together. Explain s/he will be placing the planets in
the order in which they are from closest to farthest from the sun with the help
3. Proceed to make a vertical o horizontal banner or a mobile and write numbers 1 thru 8 in the same order.
Use dark blue construction paper for banner.
For advanced projects for the whole family visit: At
Print these planet images
1 (exclude Pluto)
Dark blue construction paper
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