Welcome to the Dr. Seuss Birthday Blog Hop! In honor of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birth in 1904, I am joining 7 other bloggers to share our love of all things Dr. Seuss with you!
Although my chosen book There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System was not actually written by Dr. Seuss, it was written in his style, with the blessing of his family and publishing company, and is in the famed Cat in the Hat Library.
We created 2 space-themed projects to go along with this book and we hope you will enjoy doing them in your home as much as we did!
To make this 3D solar system poster, you will need:
- a styrofoam solar system kit or a variety of sizes of styrofoam balls. I found it much easier to buy the kit, as the sizes were already measured out and the balls could be cut in half and used on 2 different projects.
- a small amount of salt dough. To make salt dough use these ratios – 1 water : 1 salt : 2 flour. For example 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup flour.
- paint in all shades of the rainbow, including black and white
- black posterboard
- a hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks
1. Cut the styrofoam balls in half and paint them to look like the sun and the various planets.
2. To make the Asteroid Belt and Kuiper Belt, make a small batch of salt dough and mix it with a tiny amount of both black and white paint. Take a handful of the dough and roughly pinch off small pieces to resemble rocks. Don’t worry too much about their shapes and sizes, you want them to look like banged up asteroids. Either let the asteroids dry overnight or place them in your oven on 300 for about 20 minutes.
3. After the sun, planets and asteroids have dried, arrange them on your posterboard to make sure you can fit everything in. Lay out the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter and lay out the rest of the “rocks” at the far end of the posterboard to signify the Kuiper Belt.
4. One by one, use your hot glue gun to attach the sun and planets to the board. Next, work fast as you glue down the rocks. Because the hot glue dries so fast, you may want to squeeze out a small line of glue at a time and have the kids place the asteroids on the glue.
What you will need:
- constellation images of your choice. We used the constellation images of Ursa Major and Orion from the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
- straight ball pins that are not too long
- cork board squares
- colored string or yarn
- a thick black marker
- a hole punch
1. Cut out your constellation images and punch holes on the stars. Lay the images out on your corkboard and use a thick black marker to mark the stars. Remove the paper and insert a pin on each spot that you just mark.
2. Take your colored string and slowly wrap it around each pin several times before moving on to the next pin. Keep your constellation image close by so you can refer to it when you need to. Because I wasn’t paying attention, I made a huge mistake and left out Ursa Major’s back leg and had to redo it! 🙂
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