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Children and adults are fascinated by space and at some point most of us fantasize about being astronauts 
Today the activities are going to focus on introducing The Eight Planets, the children will hear some brief facts for each planet, then they will identify that the planets are shaped like a circle and they will practice numbers 1 thru 8 by doing a simple activity in which they will see how each planet is positioned away from the sun. There are eight planets and three dwarf planets in the solar system.

Activity 1:  Learn Planet Facts at KidZone's Planet Facts 
At Kidzone's Planet Facts  young children will get to see neat pictures of the planets and you can share (adapt to the children's age) some basic facts about planets. Share with children that this report about the planets was prepared by Tasha age 7!  Great job!  

Activity 2:   Fun with Planets
At Kidzone's Planet Facts you can do the following activities:
  • Ask what shape are the planets.
  • Have the children try to identify colors in each planet.
  • Ask children to point to the planet that has rings around it.
  • Count the planets from 1 to 8.
Activity 3:   Practice Numbers 1 - 8 with the Planets  - Planet Banner or Mobile Ages 3 to 8

View this image of the eight planets, and the dwarf planets: Ceres, Pluto and Eris to support the activities below.
  1. Print the planets image cards. The Saturn image, also has a banner title. The planets are numbered fromt the one closest to farthest from the sun. Mercury #1, #2 Venus, #3 Earth, #4 Mars, #5 Jupiter, #6 Saturn, #7 Uranus, #8 Neptune
  2. Cut out the cards, or have the children practice scissors skills.
  3. Place the planets in numerical order.
  4. Proceed to make a vertical o horizontal banner or a mobile. Use dark blue or black construction paper for banner to represent the night sky.

Print the planet images  
planets 1
planet > Jupiter
planet > Saturn

For banner:
Dark blue construction paper
scissors
glue

For mobile:
string
paper plate

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Outer Space Theme