It was time to introduce him to the solar system study because he started asking about some planets he saw in his book. i gave him simple sensory bin filled with space safari toob and some Styrofoam balls. He spooned the balls into a bowl and took the figurines one by one. He wanted to know what they were. I explained the names of the figurines as if I was telling a story about outer space. He enjoyed it very much.
We read a visual dictionary about the space and used Safari toob figurines to match the pictures. Knowing the functions of each equipment, he played with the toy properly.
I found an interesting book about the order of the planets from domanmom. I gave it to Ar and he loved it very much. We read it several times everyday and finally he knew he order of the planets. he also recognized the characteristics of the planets from their colours, sizes, and ring.
I inserted eight straws on Styrofoam bar.I also prepared Planets miniatures from 4M in a tray. Ar's task was to insert the sticks of the planets into to the hole of the straws. This exercise is good for hand-eye coordination and persistence.
I made use of Ar's abstract painting sheet to make planet projects. Here is the tutorial.
1. abstract painting sheets
2. black paper
|1. ||Cut the abstract painting sheets into circles with different sized, based on the ratio of the planets|
|2.||Choose the painting sheets which have almost the same colours as the planets|
|3.||Glue the circles|
|4.||Attach the circles on black paper|
|5.||Cut the black paper 0.5 cm from the painted circles|
|6.||Write the names of the planets and the orders at the back|
To bring more fun, I made the orbits of the solar system from black felt. Then, I attached rough Velcro at the back of the planets so that Ar could attach the planets on the orbits. I added the ordinal numbers as the to be used follow up activity. Don't forget to add rough Velcro at the back of the numbers.
He felt proud because his art works were turned into beautiful planets. He asked to play with space safari toob and made up a story. The astronauts were hopping from a planet to the other planets. The ISS was at the outer space, the Apollo was landing on the earth. Then his imagination ran wilder.
Stages of the moon can not be separated from the solar system study, therefore I made use of the bottle caps as stages of the moon. i pained them black and attached yellow stickers for the moon. You can also paint them if you don't use any stickers.
They looked really nice, aren't they? Ar loved to play with them. I provided control cards so he could observe the changes of the moon sizes.
I hung planet mobile in his bedroom. He sang planet songs, touch the planets and name them. This was his bedtime activity. You can read my DIY planet mobile here.
Being ready for the new adventure, we visited an Educational Park named Taman Pintar in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. A planetarium which was actually a movie theater to watch film about planets. He was overjoyed to see the giant pictures of the planets and galaxies. Moreover, he couldn't stop mentioning the planets when they emerged one by one. He always asks to visit this place every weekend since then. Why not, my Dear?