Science Projects for Kids: The Incredible Universe


Space Explorer Mobile

Imagine what it would be like to float among the planets, stars, and comets! If you hang a space explorer mobile in your room, you can look up and imagine you're up there. That's easy with this science project for kids: the incredible universe.

Travel through the planets with a mobile.
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Travel through the planets with a mobile.
What You'll Need:

  • Scissors
  • Cardboard or heavy paper
  • Decorations (paint, aluminum foil, or glitter)
  • Pin
  • Thread or nylon line
  • 2 dowel rods or sticks

Step 1: Cut out and color shapes to make planets, stars, spaceships, and other objects found in outer space. Use interesting materials such as glow-in-the-dark paint, aluminum foil, and glitter. Also use your imagination, and include anything you think might be found in space: Alien monsters? Giant dough-nuts? It's your universe!

Step 2: Use a pin to make a small hole in each shape you made.

Step 3: Tie a piece of thread or nylon line through each hole.

Step 4: Cross one dowel rod over the other at a right angle.

Step 5: Tie the dowels together, then tie your shapes to the dowels. Tie different shapes at different heights.

Step 6: Tie a strong thread or piece of nylon line around the dowels to hang your mobile. You've got your head in the stars!

Get a better sense of the size of the solar system by taking a planetary walk. Find out how on the next page of science projects for kids: the incredible universe.

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