Easy Planet Craft

My sister is here today with another great idea.  

If you recall our summer list, U was originally for "unplug for the day." That scared the pagesus out of me (although we do unplug when camping, etc.) so based on a suggestion, I changed it to U is for Universe. I do have a bunch of other activities planned based on that, but due to my lack of energy, I just stuck with an art project.

One of our favorite books is Eight Spinning Planets.

It counts backwards from 8 in Ten Little Lady Bugs Style and our copy, the planets stick out in little holes in the book.

First we downloaded this printout of the planets and used watercolor paints and watercolor pencils to color them. Mitchell entertained us with his knowledge of the planets and I giggled every time Uranus was mentioned (come on, I can't be the only immature one.)

We then took black paper outside and splattered them with water-downed white paint for the stars (idea found here.)

For the sun, we used paper mache suns that they painted at the library, but Learn Love Create used a painted paper plate.

Cole (with my help cutting)


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  1. This came out great! The splatter looks so fun and would be a great way to paint I guess. Just pinned.

  2. these are fantastic I'm sharing this on the Kids Co-op FB page, and Taming the Goblin's FB page.

  3. Wow, this is a great idea! My daughter loves anything about planets and the universe, so I guess we must do this tomorrow :-) !

  4. The smiling sun is so cute! What wonderful solar systems they created.

  5. Gorgeous painting. I live the splatter effect.

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday showcase.

  6. Love the addition of the sun! Looks like everyone had a great time and learned a lot too!

    Pink and Green Mama


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