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.
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Travel through the planets with a mobile.
- Cardboard or heavy paper
- Decorations (paint, aluminum foil, or glitter)
- 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.
For more fun science projects for kids, check out:
- Science Projects for Kids: States of Matter
- Science Projects for Kids: The Moon
- Science Projects for Kids: Laws of Gravity and Motion