kimbo’s solar system

by kimbowest on September 23, 2011

(i say kinda cause i didn’t try to replicate ACTUAL planets…)

this is made very similar to my giant cupcake (you can go here for a refresher)

but i took some styrofoam balls in all sizes…

and I gave them a coat of magikote by americana (it basically is like a paint that seals the styrofoam)

(i didn’t over them all..because i wanted some planets to be porous!)
I also took the magikote and dripped it over some planets for dimension!

I then took some krylon spray paint and paint from americana and gave them all some pretty color!

then i found some glowz paint by krylon and i gave all those little planets a nice coat…

I did the same treatment to an embroidery hoop!

then i added a little one inside the big one (using clear string)

I THEN found some glow in the dark stars (i’ve been “fall” cleaning so i keep finding all these “treasures”)

I took two stars the same size and hot glued them together with the string in between…
then i just hung them to my hoops…

i ran a needle with  the clear string through the planets and added a little gorilla glue to the ends to keep the string from slipping all the way through.
i made sure to spread the planets evenly around the hoops so it didn’t lean to one side…

you could get real creative and add some starwars battle ships in there….but for now…it works!¬† and it glows so awesome at night! perfect night light!

you can come visit my casa anytime!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

cassie September 23, 2011 at 7:06 am

this is too funny because i have something similar planned for sawyer’s room when we finlly get in our house! :) love it!

Sharon September 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I love the fact that this is more whimsical than academic. It makes it a lot less intimidating. Thank you for the great idea made with STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I am going to “share” this on our Facebook page for sure!

Suzanne September 24, 2011 at 6:25 am

I love this idea. I teach 5th grade science and I will be using this in my classroom. Thanks for the idea

Roeshel September 24, 2011 at 9:37 am

Super cute! Great job!

Meredith September 24, 2011 at 11:29 am

I have the Google Sky Map app on my phone and Pluto is still a planet on there :)

Cheri September 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

There is a huge debate as to whether it is really a planet or not. Many schools do not teach that it is a planet any more.

Some reasons it is NOT considered to be a planet any more:

The discovery of the Kuiper belt
The International Astronomical Union changed the definition of a planet (2006)
It is considered to be too tiny–and actually smaller than moons in our solar system. It is about the size of Earth.
Plutos orbit
It’s moon is bigger than Pluto.
Pluto doesn’t FIT–the other planets beyond the asteroid belt are ga giants and Pluto is not a gas planet.
It doesn’t have a hot inner core.

Reasons some people still consider it to be a planet::
(It seems to be the favorite planet by many people.)
It’s orbit could have changed from a crash into a comet and may at one time have been similar to the other planets orbit.
It’s orbit is similar to Mercury’sorbit
It’s moon could have been a comet that got pulled into orbit with Pluto just like Triton is probably a comet that got pulled into orbit around Neptune.
We don’t know what is beyond Pluto at this point. There is no reson to think every planet has to be a gas giant. Some undiscovered planets could be made of rock or ice.
Comets make CHANGES–Pluto doesn’t make those type of changes like a comet does so it should not be considered a comet. It stay constant like the other planets do.

SO we must ask the question–WHAT IS A PLANET?

This is probably more information than you ever wanted to know.

Crafty Mischief September 25, 2011 at 1:37 am

This is awesome! My son is obsessed with anything space related and he would love this!

Amanda October 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts today! You can see it here

If you have other kid friendly crafts, I’d love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

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