Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sun, Earth, Moon Craft Activity & Demonstration

Here's a fun little demonstration and craft activity for the younger kids to model the Earth revolving around the Sun and the Moon revolving around the Earth.

Science Demonstration using a large yellow exercise ball (the Sun) and a globe (the Earth)


Materials for Craft Activity

  • white and black construction paper
  • crayons, paints, etc.
  • glue
  • 2 paper fasteners  
    1. Give each child 3 different size circles cut from white construction paper. (Older students could make their own circles.)
    2. Discuss which size should represent the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon
    3. Next have students color or paint the circles with appropriate colors.
    4. Then give each child two thin black strips of paper (about 1 inch by 12 inches and 1 inch by 7 inches).
    5. Glue the Moon on the end of one black strip.
    6. Push the paper fasteners through the center of the Sun and Earth and connect all 3 circles with the 2 black strips. (See picture below.)
    7. Have students demonstrate the Earth and Moon's revolutions (orbits) in space.

    Here is a video demonstarting this same concept.

    Have fun!

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