Glowing Planets

As a busy parent, I’m trying to make the most of our creating time and have really focused on all aspects of the process: brainstorming, making a plan, following step by step instructions, and testing our designs. Now it’s time to put your brainstorming skills to use with a fun project: Glowing Planets.

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Prior to the activity, the adult cuts an X in the ping pong ball.

    Select a planet.

    Brainstorm every word you know about the planet in a semantic map, list, or sketch. Read or research online for more information about your selected planet if you want more information.

    Select the key ideas that you want to use in your glowing planets.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Marker and make your chosen planet.

    When the marker is dry, place the ball snugly over the plastic flame of the battery operated tea light.

    Turn the light on and enjoy.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Done!

    If you do not like the way your planet looks when it glows, go back to the brainstorming phase.

    How can you represent those words and ideas you generated in a different way?

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

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