We've been studying how the earth revolves around the sun. So we made this pie plate solar system game!
Pie Plate Solar System
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The idea for this game started when we watched a spool of thread roll on the ground. I stuck on some stickers to show Chuck how our earth revolves around the sun. (Image from my Instagram feed)
He seemed to enjoy rolling the spool around. So we scaled the idea up with this pie plate game. (Bonus- I also loved how the activity encouraged cutting and fine motor skills practice too!) Here's a video of him trying to get earth around the moon!
Pie Plate Solar System Game from Pink Stripey Socks on Vimeo.
Here's what you'll need for this spacey craft and game:
- Pie Plate
- Pencil (Or chalk)
- Kid Scissors
- Construction Paper
- Star Stickers
- Glue Stick (Or tape)
First, trace your pie plate onto a sheet of black construction paper.
Glue on your sun. Then, add some stars.
Now you're done! Try to get your earth to revolve around the sun! (It's not as easy as it looks!)
And once you get one around the sun... try to get all 9 planets to revolve around the sun!
If you liked this idea, then you might like these space crafts too!
- making cardboard space shuttle,
- shooting rocket straws
- wearing a DIY glow-in-the-dark moon shirt
- making a climbing rocket toy
- painting a a DIY galaxy umbrella
For more fun ideas, check out these great solar system activities from the rest of the preschool collaborators!