Create paper mache planets that are out of this world! This fun and
educational project comes together with Elmer’s Washable School Glue.
Teachers can incorporate this craft into their lessons about the planets
and the solar system.
Elmer's Washable School Glue™
Have students research each of the eight planets in the solar
system—Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupitar, Saturn, Uranus, and
Neptune. Ask students to use note cards to record the information that
they discover. On the front of the cards, have students list
interesting facts about the planets.
Are students familiar with the term dwarf planet? If not, explain it
to them. In August of 2006, the International Union (IAU)
re-categorized Pluto as a dwarf planet. A dwarf planet is a celestial
body that 1) orbits around the Sun 2) has a nearly round shape 3) has
not cleared the neighborhood around its orbit and 4) is not a
satellite. There are currently four dwarf planets. Have students
research and identify each one.
Talk about how distance and measurements in space are gigantic.
Compare the different diameters and masses of the planets. Discuss the
planets' distances from the Sun. Use the large measurements as an
opportunity to talk about exponents as a shortened way to show
Remembering the order of the planets from the Sun can be difficult.
Encourage students to create a poem to help them remember the order.
For example, Many Very Entertaining Monkeys Just Sat Under Noodles.
Cover a flat surface with newspaper.
Mix about 1/4 cup of glue and a small amount of water in a
medium-sized bowl. The mixture should be runny.
Tear the newspaper into small strips.
Blow up several round balloons.
Dip the strips of newspaper into the glue mixture. Cover each balloon
entirely with wet strips. Smooth out any bumps or bubbles with your
fingers. Allow the balloons to dry overnight.
Decorate the balloons to look like your favorite planets.
Add rings to the planets with construction paper and glue.
Let the paint and the glue dry completely.
Display your planets for everyone to see!
Place a blown-up balloon—tied end down—in a small bowl. The bowl will
hold the balloon steady while you work.
After dipping each strip of newspaper into the glue mixture, run it
between two of your fingers to remove the excess mixture.