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Free Printable Solar System Model for Kids


I wanted to create a printable solar system model, something that I could print and put together easily to show my son what planets are in the solar system, which ones are closer or further from the sun and from us and which one is the biggest or the smallest. I chose not to use an actual scale, otherwise it would have been hard to make it printable, but I still tried to give an idea of the different sizes. I also tried to replicate as much as possible the actual colors of the planets as we see them from the earth, to create a realistic effect without using the actual pictures. Here is the result:

Here is how to recreate this simple solar system model:

1) print the free hi-res jpg on cardstock with a color printer (click here for the planets and the arms);

2) cut out the planets and the arms;

3) with a pointy knife or the tip of the scissors make a hole in the center of the sun and on one end of the arms; if you want you can also make a hole on the other hand of the arms and in the center of every single planet, but this is optional;

4) place a metal brad in the middle of the sun and connect all the arms to it before opening it;

5) place the planets at the end of every arm with tape, or with their own brad if you made the holes for it in step 3;



22 Comments to

“Free Printable Solar System Model for Kids”

  1. On December 22nd, 2012 at 6:23 pm Sarah Thomas Says:

    i love your stuff here!

  2. On January 14th, 2013 at 11:57 am Tina Says:

    Thank you so much for this! This is exactly what I needed!!!!

  3. On January 15th, 2013 at 3:28 pm Ida Mendez Says:

    Thank you!

  4. On May 15th, 2013 at 7:43 am Hanna Says:

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  5. On June 19th, 2013 at 11:29 am Conny Says:

    thank you, I have used this with my son

  6. On July 23rd, 2013 at 10:55 am julia torgbor Says:

    i really love this. its very simple to handle

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  8. On February 5th, 2014 at 1:38 pm Keesha Says:

    Thank you!

  9. On May 4th, 2014 at 10:09 pm humaira Says:

    I am teaching a small KG homeschool group about the planets and needed a quick and easy craft. The only change I made in photoshop was to put nice big block letters on the ‘sticks’ so that they can recognize the words and read it more easily. Otherwise this was amazing and a wonderful resource. Thank you!!!

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  11. On June 5th, 2014 at 9:27 am Tania Dorman Says:

    Great! I love it. Many thanks 🙂

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  13. On February 12th, 2015 at 2:46 am Pauline Says:

    just stumbled across your page…. Thank You!!!! Love it….

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  16. On May 12th, 2015 at 12:15 pm Linda Sam Says:

    Thank you!! I needed this for my 6 years old school project.

  17. On August 14th, 2015 at 8:01 pm Sabiha Says:

    Thank you so much for this craft, kids love it and its easy and simple.

  18. On December 14th, 2015 at 12:10 am Daniela Says:

    Thank you! I love it!

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  20. On July 11th, 2016 at 10:42 pm ajeng Says:

    thank you!

  21. On September 13th, 2016 at 8:30 am Krystal L. Smith Says:

    I plan to use this an seat work for my students tomorrow morning! Thank you for creating this and sharing this with the masses! What a wonderful and crafty idea! I am sure the students will enjoy creating these models in their journals! 🙂

    Happy Teaching!

  22. On November 2nd, 2016 at 3:18 pm Amanda Says:

    Thank you for sharing this! Just finished cutting out 9 sets! Whew!

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