Solar System Necklace
Use Earth Day, on April 22, as an opportunity to celebrate our beloved planet and discover the beauty and mystery of the solar system. Kids love studying space, and their discoveries can be even more fun when they use their knowledge to create a lovely solar system necklace.
• Wooden beads of varying sizes
• 30-inch chain or cord
• A wooden dowel
Learn about each planet’s size, color and unique features. Assign the varying wooden bead sizes to
correlate to the planets (we used large beads for the sun, Jupiter and Saturn). Let kids get creative when
recreating each planet’s atmosphere by layering colors or adding rings, clouds or craters. Painting round
beads can be tricky, so use the wooden dowel to hold the beads in place and let them dry evenly. Stack
them in order—(#teampluto)—on a sturdy chain, and you’ve got an out-of-this-world solar system necklace!
Fun Facts for Earthlings
- Earth, our home planet, is the only planet in its solar system known to harbor life.
- Earth is the third planet from the sun and the fifth largest in the solar system.
- The minimum weather temperature on Earth is -126 degrees and the maximum temperature is 136 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Earth is the only planet in the solar system not named after a mythological being. Instead, its name is derived from the Old English word "ertha" and the Anglo-Saxon word "erda," which means ground or soil.
- Earth was formed around 4.54 billion years ago.
- The highest point on Earth is Mount Everest, which reaches a height of 8.8 km. The lowest point, called Challenger Deep, is 10.9 km below sea level.
- There are many different types of objects found in the solar system including: one star; eight planets; five dwarf planets; 181 moons; 566,000 asteroids; and 3,100 comets.
Source: National Geographic and theplanets.org.