Solar System in a Box

In science class, you have been learning about the solar system and everything that is a part of it. In this activity, you can create a model of the solar system in a box.

A shoe box with cut outs of the sun and planets.



Ask an adult to help you cover the inside of a shoebox using blue or black construction paper. Cover the outside of the box, too. Cut out paper shapes to represent the different objects in the solar system, such as the planets, the Sun, and the Moon. Hang the paper shapes from the box with string. Be sure that the planets are in the correct order in relation to the Sun.


How is your model of the solar system similar to the real solar system? What objects in the solar system are missing from your model? What might you do to add these other objects to your model?