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After watching the solar eclipse, my kids are into learning about the planets in our solar system. My kids range in age from 4 to 9, so when we all want to learn about something, we find a book to use as our launch pad, then build from there. To learn about the planets in our solar system, we turned to the
Let's Read and Find Out Science Series of books.
The Planets in Our Solar System
Solar System Matching Game
We had fun playing this Solar System Matching Game.
Get your copy by clicking the image below or by clicking on the Solar System Matching Game link.
I printed mine on card stock, then laminated them, then cut them out. Take it from me, you'll want a circle punch for this one. I cut mine out by hand and it felt like it took forever. The kids don't seem to mind the uneven edges on our set, but I do.
Solar System Magnets
I'm a brand ambassador for Oriental Trading on one of my sites (That Bald Chick), so I picked up a set of Jumbo Solar System Magnets and Solar System Sticker Scenes from the teachers supplies and resources section on the Learn 365 page to use with this unit.
My 8yo had a blast arranging the magnets on the refrigerator. We've memorized the planets according to the mnemonic of My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos. She stuck the moon at the bottom because it isn't a planet. LOL
Solar System Books
Aside from The Planet's in our Solar System from the Let's Read and Find Out series, we have these great books about space.
Let's Investigate with Nate #2: The Solar SystemMagic School Bus Presents: Our Solar System: A Nonfiction Companion to the Original Magic School Bus SeriesExploring Creation With Astronomy (Young Explorer Series) (Young Explorer (Apologia Educational Ministries))
We also love these, which our local library holds onto for us. ;)
Hello, World! Solar SystemNational Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)Me and My Place in Space (Dragonfly Books)There's No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)Our Solar System (Science for Toddlers)Smart Kids Space: For Kids Who Really Love Space!The Magic School Bus Lost In The Solar SystemSolar System: Grades 1-3 (Investigating science series)Scholastic Reader Level 2: Solar SystemThe Ultimate Book of SpaceStanley in Space (Flat Stanley)Skippyjon Jones, Lost in Spice
Solar System Songs and Videos
One of my favorite songs from childhood is the He's Still Working On Me song, and it is absolutely perfect for this unit.
We also love the Magic School Bus Space Adventure and the Rock N Learn Earth Science and Solar System set.
Solar System Crafts and Activities
We love doing crafts and activities with our unit studies. Here are a few that I have bookmarked to see which the kids want to jump into!
Ultimate Space Party Guide at Everyday GracesSpace Shuttle Craft at A Teaching MommyCoffee Filter Earth at A Teaching MommySolar System Button CraftSolar System Sensory BottleBlack Glue Galaxy CraftPlastic Lid Solar SystemLego Solar SystemSolar System Sun CatchersThreading the Solar SystemGalaxy Slime from MomDotNebula Jar from MomDotPaper Mache PlanetsGalaxy Play DoughMarbled Planets Art
Solar System Printables
Need a few Solar System Printables to round out your unit? Check these out!
Solar System Word SearchSolar System Matching GameSpace Unit from A Teaching MommySpace Exploration Unit at Adventures in MommydomSolar System Fun Fact Cards from Sally BorrinkFree Solar System WorksheetsSpace Bingo PrintableSolar System Facts for KidsFree Planet SortsFree Solar System ID CardsFree Solar System Coloring Pages
Love science unit studies? Check out the Let's Read and Find Out Book Series Activities hosted by My Joy-Filled Life.