I bet you didn't know that the birth of a preschool solar system begins with a spark of imagination, a number of willing hands, 16 balloons, a ton of newspaper strips and lots of liquid starch! Our class did a unit on the solar system and learned some new vocabulary...stars, planets, meteors, asteroids, comets, and loved rotating our globe on its axis. We had the opportunity to do a creative art activity in 3D....our paper mache planets.
I partnered the children up and they worked in cooperative teams to make sixteen planets, layering paper strips to cover their balloons. Once the paper mache dried, the fun began. They selected paint colors for their planets and worked diligently to finish their masterpieces! .
Apparently a preschool solar system is comprised of many purple planets, but also includes red, orange, green, blue, red, yellow and black planets!