Creating the Solar System – School Project

On the last day of the Autumn Term in school, my youngest came out with a little slip of paper telling us all about the holiday homework. The youngest is in  Reception at school and the subject he will be learning about in the new term will be Space. So his homework is to produce a 3D object to do with space ie; an astronaut or a Rocket.

Living so close to London meant that we could board the underground and take a trip to the Science Museum. We had a day planned just before Christmas to visit Santa at Westfield ,White City, so we decided to extend our day out to visit the museum.

We had a lovely day at the museum and saw lots of interesting things but there wasn’t much for what we was looking for. We was hoping to see a model of the solar system and what planets are that make it up. But we didn’t find much, unfortunately. It was mostly about how we explore space but not what makes it up, so there were plenty of astronaut suits and rockets to look at. We did find a little display on the planets

Oliver wanted to make the Solar System, so after looking in the museum and on the internet at what the planets looked like and there names, he was ready to start making his project.

We bought some polystyrene balls in Hobbycraft, all different sizes, so these will represent the planets.

We found an unwanted box to present the solar system in and painted it black. We used blackboard paint as this worked far better than childrens paint

DSC_3232_optOliver painted all of the inside of the box, we left it to one side to dry. It dried pretty quickly as it was blackboard paint, it also gives it a matt look rather than a glossy one.

Whilst we waited for the box to dry, we researched the planets; their colours, size and where they were in the solar system. With our information at hand we was ready to paint the balls and make them into planets.

DSC_3226_optWe found that sticking a tooth pick in to the ball made it easier to hold onto and paint them. Once they were painted, we placed the other end of the tooth pick into some playdough for them to dry.


To make Saturn, I drew out a hoop onto a piece of card and Oliver cut it out

DSC_3227_optWe then pushed the ball through the hoop into place and then painted it

DSC_3228_optI had to mix up the colours for Oliver to paint the balls, but he is very good at following instructions and managed to paint them with no trouble.

Once all of the planets and box was dry, it was time to put it all together and create the Solar System. We had bought some glow in the dark stars in the sale from Debenhams and thought they would be perfect to add to the project. Oliver began sticking them in the box

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Using some black wire and strong super glue (only for adults) we attached the planets to the box. Oliver needed help with this as he couldn’t make the holes in the box and use the super glue. So using some wire cutters I cut the wire into different lengths. I stuck one end into the polystyrene planet ball using some glue and padding it out with blu tack. I pierced some holes at equal distances along the top of the box and then Oliver poked through the wire, to the outer box. We secured it on the outside with some sellotape.

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DSC_3258 - Copy_optThe project took just over a day to make and Oliver is so proud of what he has produced. Yes he had a little help from Mummy. I had to guide him in what to do and mix up the colours and stick the wire in the balls but he done the bulk of it. He now knows the planets that are in the solar system by looking at them and from the colours.

Thank you for stopping by and reading 🙂


CBeebies Sid Sloane ‘Sids Show’ Family Ticket Giveaway

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Winner @RedRoseMummy

Oscar Stardust Productions Presents the Tour of


Join Sid from CBeebies Live On Stage

CBeebies longest-serving presenter Sid Sloane is due to make the jump from screen to stage this autumn, when he embarks on a nationwide tour of his brand-new, fun-filled show which promises to knock audiences’ socks off! Receiving its official Premiere in Brighton on 30 October, the extensive tour will encompass over 30 venues across England and Wales.

Follow Sid as he sets out on an heroic quest to find out where in the world his favourite socks and shoes have gone… share in with the fun as Sid adventures to the bottom of the ocean, through the depths of the jungle and floating into outer space. Meet an array of funny characters and discover plenty of surprises along the way! This interactive 55 minute long show is crammed with games, songs, poems and magic guaranteed to put a smile on little faces.

Written by Rachel Barnett and directed by Dominique Gerrard, SID’s SHOW is a LIVE family-friendly adventure (suitable for ages 3+).

This new live-show comes on the cusp of launching a new televised children’s series, ‘Let’s Play’, to be presented by Sid. The series inspires pre-schoolers to discover the world through creative role-play and dressing-up. Due to air on CBeebies later this year, ‘Let’s Play’ will be co-presented by newcomer Rebecca Keatley.

SID’s SHOW will tour well into 2013. For further information about the show visit:

Tour Dates/2012

3 November Skegness – The Embassy
10 November Redhill – Harlequin
2 December Winchester – Discovery centre


2 February Fareham – Ferneham hall
3 February Catford – The Broadway
9 February Truro – The hall for cornwall
11 February Cardiff – St David’s Hall
15 February Bolton – The Albert Halls
16 February Barrow-in-Furness – Forum
17 February Lytham-St Annes – Lowther Pavilion
18 February Clitheroe- The Grand
19 February Ellesmere Port- Civic hall
20 February Tamworth – Assembly rooms
21 February Worthing – The Pavilion
22 February Burgess Hill – The Martlets hall
24 February Stevenage – Gordon Craig
2 March Basildon – The Mirren Studio
10 March Basingstoke – The Anvil
17 March Camberley – Camberley theatre
23 March Bishops Stortford- Rhodes Arts
30 March Embassy ball’ (Bunns Leisure)
6 April Warrington – The Parr Hall
7 April Shrewsbury – Theatre Seven
13 April Grays – Thameside theatre
21 April Clacton – Westcliff Theatre
27 April Solihull – Arts complex
28 April Weston-s-Mare Playhouse
5 May Tunbridge Wells
29 June Lichfield- The Garrick theatre
30 June Burnley- The mechanics theatre

The show is ideal for families with children aged between 3 and 7 years old.

I have been given One family ticket to give away on the blog comprising of either: 2 Adults & 2 Children or 1 Adult & 3 Children to any of the single performance on the UK Tour as seen above.

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Competition terms:

This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or over, except for those associated with the production company, their families or anyone else associated with this competition.

You must do all of the above to be in with a chance of winning, please leave an email or twitter name so i can contact you if you are the winner.

The competition will run for 2 weeks and will end on 3rd november at Midnight. The winner will be contacted the following day and your details will be passed on to the PR.

The winner may be required to take part in publicity

All prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives. The prize is subject to availablity.

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The winner will be drawn using Random Number Generator and my decision is final.

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