|"The Kingfisher" Space Encyclopedia is a favorite.|
Anyway, this morning (day 2 of kiddo colds/coughs and freezing weather, keeping us inside all day!) we decided to make our solar system. We started by collecting all the balls in the house.
Then, we found pictures that compared the sizes of the planets and the sun and learned from this link and realized we would need Mommy's exercise ball for the sun and little tiny marbles (and an earring!) for the small planets and the earth's moon.
Colton helped me find balls that could represent each planet, trying to get the sizes as approximate as possible. He and I also looked at this really cool interactive site to help us find out how big the moon should be as compared to all of our planets.
Summer used another site to write down all of the names of the planets on post-it notes to use as labels.
In the meantime, Colton and I looked at the pictures in his book to find out what colors we should make the planets and started wrapping them up in corresponding tissue paper.
|Looking at the planets in the Kingfisher Space Encyclopedia to find colors of the planets|
We discussed what we should do for Saturn's rings, and Colton (all on his own) said we should use tracks from his train table. Great idea, Colton!
|Making Saturn's rings.|
|Summer making the "big red spot" for Jupiter|
|They were pretty proud of the solar system they made!|
Starting to put the planets in order from sun...
Discussing the Planets...
Putting Planets in order by Size...
What better way to learn how amazing God is than to learn about our solar system! He is so creative, big, and praiseworthy, and we thank him for caring about tiny little us!