Thursday, April 26, 2012
Solar System Mobile
I think it took him an hour to quiet down and stop asking questions! But I could tell the next morning that he had been up late into the night, pondering the mysteries of the universe - at least, the solar system!
A trip to the library the following day and a dig into Mama's craft drawer were obviously needed! Together, we made a planet mobile to hang in his room.
Materials: 10 styrofoam balls (we included Pluto) of various sizes
Paper for paper mache
20 gauge galvanized steel wire (any sturdy wire will work)
Fishing line or string
The kids helped recycle paper lunch sacks by ripping them to shreds. Any paper suitable for paper mache will work though.
I made 10 more U shapes out of the wire and inserted them into the tops of the styrofoam balls. This is what I attached the fishing line to.
I cut the dowel rod into two equal pieces (I should have used two dowel rods so the planets had more space) and notched out the center with a pair of wire snippers so that they could recces down into each other and not swivel. I used a piece of wire to bind them together.
Using fishing line, I strung the planets and the sun from the dowel rods and hung them from the ceiling.