Do you remember learning about planets as a child? When Pluto was still considered a planet? Now we have 8 planets to teach our kids about, but it is still such a fun subject.
It always seemed so magical to me. Something I knew was there but that I had never actually seen. It was so exciting to learn all of the facts and details about each planet. I was so excited and I am now excited to be able to teach these things to my kids.
I created this Planets Flapbook so that the facts could go with a picture of each planet to help the dots connect. Kids can enjoy making this book along side you or you can make it and give it to them as a learning tool. Either way, it is exciting!
This activity is a super exciting way to help teach children about each planet and a few facts about them.
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- Printer (I have this one and love it!)
- Glue stick
- Pencil (optional)
You can start by printing out each of the sheets. I have my kids color the planets in the correct color. You can either show them from a book or pictures from online. It is helpful for my kids to see real pictures in order to do the activity and understand completely.
For older children, you can have the cut the fact squares out and glue them in place, in the right spot.
For younger children, I prefer to cut out the squares on my own and help show them where it belongs and they can glue. This is totally up to you.
We like to go over all of the facts and review them.
Recommended Solar System Toys
It can be hard for kids to grasp the planets in their greatness. Try building your own model or a puzzle.
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Extend the activity
You can use this flip book as a guide for children to give an ‘oral report’ of sorts. They can study the facts and either repeat them back or as a starting point for a conversation.
We have also used this as a guide to draw a larger version of space. This can be on a piece of printer paper or even on a poster board. It doesn’t have to be perfect but the repetition helps children learn and remember.
We hope that you have fun with this activity. It can teach kids many facts
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