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The other day, I was out and about and I saw a pumpkin with a circle piece of paper wrapped around it. It immediately reminded me of a planet, like the Saturn rings. My mind of course went to what I could create. . . I decided we just had to make a pumpkin solar system. My kids were on board and couldn’t wait to help make this fun pumpkin science project. In fact, they did not stop reminding me about it for 2 weeks!
How to Make the Pumpkin Solar System:
We used 2 packs of those mini pumpkins that I always see all over the stores in the Fall for the planets and a large pumpkin for the Sun. Obviously this is not to scale. 🙂
We used Tempera paints on our pumpkins, which did not stick well, so perhaps an acrylic paint would work better! It’s all about experimenting, right?!
Open up a book on the solar system to see what the planets look like. We have a fun book called Me and My Place in Space that we opened up to use as a guide for what color to paint our pumpkins.
The kids just dived right in and painted away. They loved swirling colors and making it look like the planets!
Assembling the Pumpkin Solar System:
Once the paint dried, we drew our solar system out of chalk and assembled the planets around the sun. I did not do a full circle, just a section of it. But if you want to go big, then DO it! We have sections on out patio that made it easy for my to use as a guide. The kids helped me build it out. You can see that a lot of our paint peeled off. It was really windy that day as our paint dried, so lots of it blew off!
I cut a ring out of card stock paper for Saturn. and placed it around that pumpkin. My kids loved how it turned out and had so much fun creating this pumpkin solar system with me!
This is part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids series.
See what the other bloggers shared about Pumpkins this week. The book of the week is 5 Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino.
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