Planet Flip Book

This upcoming week in TK my son is learning about space. So I decided to do what any former elementary school teacher mom would do, and make a planet flip book to preview the basics of space. This activity was simple and effective, all while pulling in some fine motor skills practice.
 The main objective for this activity was to introduce the solar system and the order of the planets from the sun. So to begin this activity, I introduced the sun and each planet, showing pictures and sharing interesting facts about each one.

Next, I gave my son a pre-made flip book template and a page of circles to cut out (directions below). We used this construction paper.
I hand drew the different sized circles to represent each planet. Here's what it looked like when he glued them down. I bet you can easily spot Jupiter!
Another option, instead of using blank circles for the planets, is to use this pre-made planet sheet and have students cut out each planet.
Once the sun was cut out, we cut it in half to fit at the top of the flip book.
After the sun and planets were all glued down in the correct order, we wrote the names of each plant behind the flaps (using a white crayon). We used this flip book to give each other clues and play "guess that planet."

Here's a picture showing the dimensions of each flap for the flip book, starting from the top measuring down. We used this construction paper.
There are tons of great sites for finding fun facts about the plants. One site that we used and loved was Plants For Kids.

Here's another fun activity we did showing the order of the planets from the sun and how they orbit. All you need is black construction paper, colored construction paper for the planets, a glue stick, scissors and a white crayon!
Finally, for my teacher friends who have second-fourth graders, here is a simple flip book where students fold, cut the flaps and write facts on the inside. This is great for taking notes or for a fact matching activity.

I hope you've been inspired!

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