Swirling Solar System

solarsystem Hang swirling BioColor® planets on a hoop for hands-on learning about the solar system!


  • To investigate color blending
  • To learn about the planets in our solar system

Before You Start: Gather materials needed: BioColor® Clear Ball Ornaments, BioColor® paint, a hoop, foam sheets (for planet rings) and yarn or string.

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Locate a book or Web page with pictures of the planets to use as a reference.

Step 2. Add 1-2 tablespoons of BioColor® paint to each ball, using colors that resemble each respective planet. Close the ball tightly and swirl the paint around to cover the inside.

Step 3. Optional: Use tape to attach foam rings to Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.

Step 4. Hang the planets from a hoop and have them orbit the Sun in the center.

Furthermore: Discuss the different attributes of the planets, such as size, composition and whether or not they have rings. View pictures from the Mars Rover Curiosity and discuss how the surface of Mars compares to the surface of Earth.

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