Solar System (10-11 years old)

  • Core competencies: 1. Art, science, physics,
    space, mathematics
  • Area of Knowledge: Knowledge of the natural,
    social and cultural environment




  • Creating a representation of the solar system


  • to find out about the planets that make up our solar system
  • To get to know the characteristics of our solar system and the planets that form it.



Newspaper, tissue paper, PVA glue, water, sticks, paints, brushes, string, Sellotape


1 hour

Step by Step:

Step 1

To build the solar system first of all make the planets. To do this, divide the class into groups; each group must make a different planet and the Sun. 

Step 2

For each planet, blow up a balloon. Then stick on layers on newspaper using diluted PVA glue to form papier mache.

Step 3

Once all the planets have been built let them dry and paint them according to their appropriate colours. 

Step 4

Attach a length of string to the top of the planet using Sellotape.

Step 5

You can then either hang the planets using the string from the ceiling, or hang each of them from a long stick so that they can then be moved around in relation to each other, to simulate the planets orbiting the Sun.

Extension activity

To understand our solar system in more detail we can study the major satellites and include them within our solar system.