The Sun, moon, stars, and planets give us a glimpse of how perfect God’s creation is. All three things work together to make our planet the only one that can sustain life.
Space is such a fun subject so for day 4 in our Creation Story books, we did 2 crafts and a couple of simple experiments.
There are so many different activities you could do for this day, as numerous as the stars really. Here are a few that we did, plus you can find more resources for studying space here.
The first craft we did was a Sun Sun Catcher. Yes, real original, I know. They turned out beautiful though!
To make our suns, we used yellow, orange, red, and pink tissue paper. First I had the children cut the tissue paper up into little pieces, but that didn’t work out very well. So we ended up just tearing it into pieces. It was a lot funner that way too.
I cut a whole in the center of a piece of blue construction paper by folding it in half and cutting a half circle on the folded edge.
I helped the children place their construction paper onto contact paper and then they placed the tissue paper where they wanted it.
For our stars and moon, we made scrap paper collages again. This time, I had the kids glue a bunch of pieces of yellow paper, in different designs, on yellow construction paper.
We did the same with blue paper for the moon.
Then after they were dry, we cut the yellow paper into a star shape and the blue paper into a circle for the moon.
We glued them onto our copy-work page and practiced our handwriting. If we ever do this again, I might have the children paint the paper black before they put their star and moon on.
Experiments to Demonstrate Earth’s Orbit
Our galaxy is so unique, it is impossible to think that it happened through random chance. If any one thing was off you would have, extreme temperatures, low oxygen levels, drought, high radiation levels; life just would not be able to exist on earth. Click here to print off an experiment worksheet for this activity and record your findings.
First, I showed the children how the earth revolves around the sun and why that is important. First I took a round cake pan and put a piece of yellow paper in the middle for the sun. I drew a black dot on a marble to represent us on the earth. The kids took turns moving the earth around the sun by turning the pan.
They could visualize how the earth goes around the sun and gives us nights and days. Now, I should have put the sun a little bit off centered because that is what it is really like.
For our second experiment I wanted to show the kids what gravity is. I had the children take turns spinning a basket around with toys in it. They had to spin it fast enough to get the toys to stay in the basket. I told the kids how our whole solar system works together to help us stay put and not float around because it gives the earth it’s gravity. So gravity is basically a force that pulls things together.
The moon is very important to the earth because it’s gravity helps us stay in our orbit and gives the earth a constant tilt. If the moon disappeared one day, everything on the earth would change.
What if the Moon Disappeared?
To give the children an example of what would happen if something in our solar system changed or disappeared, we watched some of the video below.
Everything in our solar system was made so that life could exist on Earth. So, after I finished each activity, I reminded my children of God’s amazing power, wisdom and how He cares for us sooo much. Psalm 147:4-5 “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.”