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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Planet Mobiles & Magic Painting

One of the questions that both classes asked on our KWL chart was "What planets are there?" To study it a little more we made these simple planet mobiles. 

They aren't traditional planet mobiles. It isn't completely scientifically accurate, but I have my reasons for doing it this way- Preschoolers don't really have a concept of really long distances and I wasn't interested in comparing the planets' distance from the sun, I wanted to compare the size of the planets and count with the kids how many there were all together. So, this is definitely a preschool planet mobile because it is linear instead of 3-D. 

Anyway, we used this to discuss the different planets, the size of the planets, we compared their sizes and counted the planets. We also discussed how earth is the 3rd planet.  

Before we attached the planets, the kids made magic painting. As they painted, suns and moons and stars magically appeared on their paper. If you ever choose to do magic painting with your kids be prepared to hear words like, "Whoa!" and "It's magical!" and "Zowie wowie!" I kid you not, these are some of the things that the kids said while they were painting. 

To make your own magic painting, draw a picture on a white paper using a white crayon and then paint the paper using water colors.

Here's What You Need:
  • a long strip of white card stock paper with magic painting on it (see above instructions). I just cut 3 inch strips on the card stock and stapled two together.
  • water color paints
  • black pipe cleaners
  • tape
  • pictures of the planets - I used these three links which I found on first-school.ws but it's kind of complicated to get to so I hope these links work for a while. : )
 Here's What You Do:
  1. Paint your magic painting strip with water colors and let dry.
  2. Cut out the planets.
  3. Tape planets to 1/4 of a black pipe cleaner and then to the painted strip of paper. 

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