Planets Coloring Book

Our solar system is amazing.  Studying it with kids leads to limitless possibilities.   To get your solar system exploration started, here’s a planets coloring book for you: The Planets in Our Solar System Coloring Book.  It covers the eight planets of our solar system.  It includes a handwriting line to practice writing the planet’s name, and also some interesting facts about each one. Fabulous Facts About The Planets While kids are coloring, you can learn even more with these fabulous planets facts. Mercury  If you wanted to stay up for one Mercury day, you would have to stay up for 176 Earth days. Even though it’s very close to the sun, it may have ice at its north and south poles. Temperature varies a lot on Mercury, from 797 degrees F to -279 degrees F. The sun sometimes rises twice in the same day, due to Mercury’s slow rotation and … click to read more

Planet Ornaments

Every year my kids and I make ornaments.  They love making the glass ball ornaments that you swish paint and rubbing alcohol into for a marbled look. How To Make Paint Swished Ornaments Use any size of glass ball ornaments and remove the small toppers.  Put a drop or two of rubbing alcohol into each ornament, then squirt a bit of acrylic craft paint in.  Any more than 3 colors doesn’t work well.  I find that two paint colors usually looks the nicest.  Just swirl the paint, coating the inside of the glass ball.  Leave it out to dry overnight. The alcohol allows the paint to swish and flow more easily, and then it quickly evaporates out, allowing the paint to dry. When they are all dry, just reinsert the topper and your ornament will be ready to hang. Planet Ornaments This year my kids got the brilliant plan in … click to read more

Layers of Learning Unit 1-1

We think you’re going to love Unit 1-1 so we’re giving it away for free . . . scroll down.   History: Earliest Civilizations in the Fertile Crescent Geography: Maps and Globes Science: Planets The Arts: Cave Paintings Description Want to build a ziggurat?  Make your own balloon globe?  Experiment with Mars’ regressive orbit?  How about take an amazing virtual tour of one of the largest collections of cave art in the world?  Unit 1-1 includes all of this, plus a printable historical map, and tons of ideas to keep your kids learning with hands-on fun.  This is a PDF. In each unit you’ll find a recommended library list, important background information about each topic, lots of activities to choose from for kids of all ages, and sidebars with a bunch more ideas including Additional Layers, Fabulous Facts, On The Web, Writer’s Workshop, Famous Folks, and Teaching Tips.  Printable maps … click to read more