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#1 of 5 Old 03-24-2011, 02:36 PM - Thread Starter
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We are starting to talk about the solar system. He knows some about the solar system, but not much. We just started doing more in-depth information this week. I started with the sun and we have talked 2 days about it and then we will move on to planets closest to the sun and work to the last. I printed off some great worksheets from and got a solar system kit to do with him. I am just wondering what other ideas you all have for some fun ways for him to learn the solar system and great things about it. 



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My 8yo recently went through a solar system phase. I wrote in the first two posts here about some of the ideas and resources we used. The solar system walk is still one of my favorite homeschooling activities ever.


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One thing I did for my son's Cub Scout den (6-7 year olds) was make a edible solar system. I purchase all sorts of round candy objects in various sizes. I used lemonade that was in a yellow can as the sun. The kids put all the plants in order starting closest to the sun. This helps them see the different sizes of plants and the order. I also found rock candy that I used as the asteroid belt. You can use cookies too for the plants. oh yeah I used pull apart twizzlers as the rings around saturn and neptune. The kids loved it! 


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Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants has a great solar system song.

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Have you looked at They have lots of fun lesson workbooks and worksheets that you can print. I know my kinder/1st grader and preschool really enjoy then when I print them out. They also have an email program and each week they email a free workbook and next week is on the Sun.


We also like the Read and Learn Science books.

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