Carter already had a toy Nerf like ball we could use for the sun. He helped tape the yellow tissue around it and splatter on orange paint.
This is how we made the planets:
Mercury - small foam ball, painted red
Venus- foam ball,painted yellow and sponge painted spots of red and orange
Earth- foam ball, painted blue and sponge painted spots of green
Mars- foam ball painted red
Jupiter- foam ball rolled around in painted brown and orange craft sand-Carter's favorite part!
Saturn- little rubber basketball, painted yellow, orange and brown wavy stripes-rings cut out of cardboard, covered with electric tape and painted rings of glue. We sprinkled used different colors of glitter for each ring.
Uranus- little rubber bouncy ball painted blue-rings cut out of cardboard, colored gray, painted with glue and sprinkled with glitter.
Neptune- foam ball, painted blue brushed with silver glitter and two darker spots of blue to represent the planet's dark, stormy spots.
Carter helped with all of this!
I used metal rods to attach the planets to the sun and our solar system was complete.
The other part of the project was to make a twinkling shade. Again, we created a much smaller version of this project and instead used what we already had. I had two pieces of dark blue card stock that we used to draw on our constellations. I poked the holes and Carter practiced connecting the dots. Since, it was already dark outside we placed the twinkling "shades" in front of his night light to illuminate the stars & constellations-Cassiopeia and the Big Dipper.
Now Carter has a solar system bedroom!