Explore the Solar System! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Explore the Solar System! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments

Explore the Solar System! introduces kids ages 6-9 to the planets, moons, and other celestial bodies that surround our star, the sun, as well as the universe beyond. Combining a hands-on element with history and science, kids investigate solar eclipses, phases of the moon, Jupiter’s rings, and what astronauts wear. Who named the stars? What is the Milky Way? Why is there night? By combining a hands-on element with riddles, jokes, fun facts, and comic cartoons, kids Explore the Solar System!, and have a blast along the way.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $12.95
  • eBook, $9.95

Grade Level 3–4

Ages 7–10

GRL R

Subjects

  • Earth/Space Science
  • Engineering & Technology
  • STEM - STEAM

Author
 

Illustrator
Bryan Stone 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • black and white interior
  • 96 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781934670361

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Explore the Solar System! introduces kids ages 6-9 to the planets, moons, and other celestial bodies that surround our star, the sun, as well as the universe beyond. Combining a hands-on element with history and science, kids investigate solar eclipses, phases of the moon, Jupiter’s rings, and what astronauts wear. Who named the stars? What is the Milky Way? Why is there night? By combining a hands-on element with riddles, jokes, fun facts, and comic cartoons, kids Explore the Solar System!, and have a blast along the way.


Reviews

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA.org)
“The inviting cover of this science book will attract the attention of young readers right from the start. Part of a series of Explorer books for readers in grades 1 through 4, the book focuses on all the interesting bodies that make up our solar system. It includes eight chapters, each packed with information, great illustrations, projects kids can do with available household products, stories about people with a connection to space, and a section on words to know. A lengthy glossary supports the text’s vocabulary. This is a great book to entice young readers to read more and learn a little science along the way. It would make an attractive addition to a school library.”

CM Magazine (Manitoba Library Association) Highly Recommended. 4 out of 4 Stars!
Explore the Solar System! provides young readers with a book that arouses curiosity about the world of space though an attractive format that includes facts with fun-filled activities. Elementary teachers will appreciate the variety of hands-on activities, games and experiments that will assist their students in understanding the different science concepts of the solar system . . . a great resource to share and enjoy with children. It is a useful addition to a home or school library.”

In the Hills Magazine, A Year in Books
“Building your own space shuttle (complete with Canadarm) and making a delicious, Stonehenge-style solar observatory from Rice Krispie squares are just a few of the activities in this fact-packed, fun-filled children’s book. Projects, games and experiments as well as terminology, mini-biographies of early astronomers, descriptions of major constellations and important space “firsts” are sure to delight budding sky-watchers aged six to ten.”

Children’s Literature Review
“Basic information about our solar system is easily absorbed through the text, inset boxes that highlight words to know, and a variety of activities. There are even a few jokes scattered here and there. Readers learn that although the Greeks believed in an Earth centric system, today we know that the Sun not the Earth is the center of our solar system. The book presents a clever way to remember the planets. A game called The Galaxy Scavenger Hunt provides a chance to learn more about our solar system. The game can be expanded to include astronomers, astronauts and anything space related. Another interesting project is the creation of an origami solar system mobile. After reading this book kids will have obtained lots of facts, trivia to amuse family and friends, and projects for rainy or lazy summer days. An added bonus is an opportunity to increase vocabularies because in addition to the words called out in the text there is a glossary at the end of the book. For those who love computer resources there are web sites and for others there is a list of science museums and planetariums. The index identifies all the activities as well as other topics addressed in the book. It is a title that could be used by teachers in the elementary grades, scout leaders and homeschoolers.”

Kahani Literary Magazine
“Kahani regular Anita Yasuda’s non-fiction book—and her first book for children—Explore the Solar System! combines hands-on science, fun facts, and easy-to-follow projects that use common household products and recycled supplies. This book covers a lot of ground: readers will learn about our solar system, space travel and exploration, and the universe beyond. The whimsically-illustrated book is full of short biographies of famous scientists, space-related vocabulary words, even jokes! Explore the Solar System answers every question a space-explorer-in-training might have.”


Look Inside

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Projects

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Origami Solar System Mobile

All the members of our solar system travel around the sun. The route they travel is called an orbit. Each planet’s orbit is different. Like runners at the Olympics, each has a separate lane. The planets do not switch lanes because the sun’s gravity keeps them in their place. If there was no gravity the planets would simply spin off into space like bumper cars. Imagine that!

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

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For More Information
bryan-stone.com

Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.



More Details

Grade Level: 3–4
Ages: 7–10
GRL: R
Subjects: Earth/Space Science, Engineering & Technology, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 96 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA.org)
“The inviting cover of this science book will attract the attention of young readers right from the start. Part of a series of Explorer books for readers in grades 1 through 4, the book focuses on all the interesting bodies that make up our solar system. It includes eight chapters, each packed with information, great illustrations, projects kids can do with available household products, stories about people with a connection to space, and a section on words to know. A lengthy glossary supports the text’s vocabulary. This is a great book to entice young readers to read more and learn a little science along the way. It would make an attractive addition to a school library.”

CM Magazine (Manitoba Library Association) Highly Recommended. 4 out of 4 Stars!
Explore the Solar System! provides young readers with a book that arouses curiosity about the world of space though an attractive format that includes facts with fun-filled activities. Elementary teachers will appreciate the variety of hands-on activities, games and experiments that will assist their students in understanding the different science concepts of the solar system . . . a great resource to share and enjoy with children. It is a useful addition to a home or school library.”

In the Hills Magazine, A Year in Books
“Building your own space shuttle (complete with Canadarm) and making a delicious, Stonehenge-style solar observatory from Rice Krispie squares are just a few of the activities in this fact-packed, fun-filled children’s book. Projects, games and experiments as well as terminology, mini-biographies of early astronomers, descriptions of major constellations and important space “firsts” are sure to delight budding sky-watchers aged six to ten.”

Children’s Literature Review
“Basic information about our solar system is easily absorbed through the text, inset boxes that highlight words to know, and a variety of activities. There are even a few jokes scattered here and there. Readers learn that although the Greeks believed in an Earth centric system, today we know that the Sun not the Earth is the center of our solar system. The book presents a clever way to remember the planets. A game called The Galaxy Scavenger Hunt provides a chance to learn more about our solar system. The game can be expanded to include astronomers, astronauts and anything space related. Another interesting project is the creation of an origami solar system mobile. After reading this book kids will have obtained lots of facts, trivia to amuse family and friends, and projects for rainy or lazy summer days. An added bonus is an opportunity to increase vocabularies because in addition to the words called out in the text there is a glossary at the end of the book. For those who love computer resources there are web sites and for others there is a list of science museums and planetariums. The index identifies all the activities as well as other topics addressed in the book. It is a title that could be used by teachers in the elementary grades, scout leaders and homeschoolers.”

Kahani Literary Magazine
“Kahani regular Anita Yasuda’s non-fiction book—and her first book for children—Explore the Solar System! combines hands-on science, fun facts, and easy-to-follow projects that use common household products and recycled supplies. This book covers a lot of ground: readers will learn about our solar system, space travel and exploration, and the universe beyond. The whimsically-illustrated book is full of short biographies of famous scientists, space-related vocabulary words, even jokes! Explore the Solar System answers every question a space-explorer-in-training might have.”


Projects

project image

Origami Solar System Mobile

All the members of our solar system travel around the sun. The route they travel is called an orbit. Each planet’s orbit is different. Like runners at the Olympics, each has a separate lane. The planets do not switch lanes because the sun’s gravity keeps them in their place. If there was no gravity the planets would simply spin off into space like bumper cars. Imagine that!


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

author image
For More Information
bryan-stone.com

Bryan Stone

Bryan Stone is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who lives in West Fairlee, Vermont with his wife and daughter. Bryan is an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has illustrated nearly 20 books for Nomad Press and done illustration work for clients such as Dartmouth College, Docomo USA, and many more. His comics work has appeared in numerous anthologies and newspapers.