Do your kids ever look up into the sky and wonder what’s out there? Learn about the different planets with this fun Solar System lap book project. Perfect for a solar system unit study whether at home or in the classroom. Here is a simple way to explain the solar system to kids. Our printable space activities make learning easy!
HOW TO MAKE A SOLAR SYSTEM LAPBOOK
OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
Our solar system contains our star, the Sun, and everything orbiting it by the pull of its gravity – the planets, dozens of moons, millions of comets, asteroids, and meteoroids.
The solar system itself is part of a huge system of stars and objects called the Milky Way galaxy. The Milky Way galaxy is just one of billions of galaxies that make up what we call the Universe.
There are many stars like ours with planets rotating them in the universe. We call it the “solar system” because our Sun is named Sol, from the Latin word for Sun. Solar systems can even have more than one star.
FUN FACTS ABOUT THE SOLAR SYSTEM
- There are 8 planets in our solar system, which are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
- The largest object in the solar system is of course, the sun.
- The only planet in our solar system that rotates clockwise is Venus. All other planets rotate the same way as the sun, counterclockwise.
- Saturn is the planet with the most moons, followed by Jupiter.
- The largest planet in the solar system is Jupiter, and the hottest planet is Venus.
- Scientists have worked out that the solar system is about 4.6 billions years old.
Learn more about our amazing solar system and the planets in it with our printable solar system project below.
HOW TO USE A LAPBOOK
Tip #1 Put together a bin of materials including scissors, glue, double sided tape, craft tape, markers, file folders, etc. Everything is ready to go when you are and getting started is that much easier.
Tip #2 Although the printable templates are a complete resource, you can absolutely add them to your lapbook if desired or use the downloads as a starting point for your own creations.
Tip #3 Lapbooks don’t have to look pretty and organized! They just need to be fun and interesting for the kiddos. Let your kids be creative even if a section is glued off-center. They are still learning even if it doesn’t turn out exactly as pictured.
Check out these lapbook project ideas…
SOLAR SYSTEM LAP BOOK
- File folder
- Solar System Printables
- Crayons or markers
STEP 1: Open your file folder and then fold each flap in, toward the middle and crease.
STEP 2: Color your solar system pages.
STEP 3: For the cover, cut down the solid line and glue the pieces to each side of the front of the lapbook.
STEP 4: To make the booklets about each individual planet, first cut out each page of the mini-booklets.
STEP 5: Fold and crease the top page (planet name and picture) of the mini booklets and glue into place on the correct description.
STEP 6: Color and glue the Our Solar System page to the center of the lapbook.
STEP 7: Glue the back page to complete your lapbook!
Make sure to read through your finished Solar System lap book and discuss it together!
EXTEND THE LEARNING
Pair this solar system project with one or more of these easy and hands on space activities for kids.
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SOLAR SYSTEM LAPBOOK PROJECT FOR KIDS
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