Solar System Activities
Explore the Solar System with these hands-on activities!
Our Solar System is made up of the Sun and all the smaller objects that move around
it, including eight planets, at least five dwarf planets, tens of thousands of asteroids,
and billions of comets. Discover the scale of the Solar System, what makes each planet
unique, and how scientists explore far-away worlds!
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- Pocket Solar System: Make a scale model of Earth's neighborhood and discover the distance between planets.
- Model the Sun/Earth System: For older children, calculate and measure out a scale model of the distances of planets
in the solar system.
- Make a Model Solar System: Build your own model of the Solar System out of craft materials.
- Spinning Around the Sun: For younger children, act out how the Sun, Earth, and Moon rotate and orbit.
- Make a Planet Mask: Explore the eight unique planets in our Solar System by making a mask.
- Night Sky Planet Watch: Enjoy looking for planets in the night sky!
- Mars Rovers: Learn how scientists & engineers use robotic rovers to explore distant worlds. Players
acting as "Mission Control" and a "Rover" must work together to navigate a large obstacle
- Pack to Travel to Mars: Imagine you are traveling to Mars. What objects you would take on the two and a half year journey?
Video: UAF Planet Walk
Discover fun facts about our solar system on this guided tour.
Learn more about the UAF Planet Walk here.
This video was made for the museum by members of the UAF Society of Physics Students.
For more Solar System activities, go to these pages:
- Virtual Early Explorers (ages 5 and under, with adult)
- Virtual Junior Curators (ages 6 and up, with adult)
- Virtual Family Days (all ages)
This project was funded under NASA cooperative agreement NNX16AL65A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. All photos from NASA unless otherwise credited.