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Did you know that March is Global Astronomy Month? That means, it’s the perfect time to teach your kiddos all about outer space. These solar system worksheets will get you started!
These free printables can be added to your space-themed lesson plans. The activities included in this printable work best with kids in preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary.
Because all of the printables are print-and-go, they’re great for busy homeschool moms and teachers like you! Use them at home, in the classroom, and even in your library circle time sessions.
As the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to head outdoors and study the sky. Start by teaching your kids about the planets.
Teach them a mnemonic device – MVEMJSUN (My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos) to remember the proper order of the plants.
This worksheet pack is a simple and easy way to help children learn about the planets, the order of the planets, and some simple facts about the planets.
What’s included in these printable science worksheets?
These elementary science worksheets are a fun way to teach or practice the names of the planets in our solar system.
What’s in it?
This worksheet pack includes a gorgeous solar system poster featuring brightly colored planets and their names.
The black and white planet worksheet can be colored before labeling the planets from memory.
There is a matching page on which children will read a statement and match it to the correct planet. These facts should be easy to find in any nonfiction book about planets. If not, a quick (and safe) google search should reveal the answer.
The solar system maze and the rocket color by number worksheets are great for preschoolers who are tagging along with older siblings.
Older children can practice spelling the names of the planets with the word scramble.
Finally, there is a fun writing prompt. Kids of all ages can complete this activity. Younger children can dictate their story and have someone write it for them. Older kids can write it on their own.
Fun Ways to Use These Printables
This solar system printable is great just like it is, but there are so many ways you can work on additional skills with them!
Mnemonic devices can be used to memorize a series of words or names in a specific order. Learning the names of the planets in order from the sun out is easy when you teach your kids “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos”.
Kids can practice ABC order by putting the names of the planets in alphabetical order on the back of one page.
More Printable Solar System Activities
If your kids enjoyed these worksheets, they’ll love the addition of more printable solar system activities! Check out the engaging activities below.
- Outer Space Color by Numbers
- Space Letter Writing Mats
- Moon Worksheets for Kindergarten
- Outer Space Pom Pom Mats
- Solar System Notebook for Kids
Books About the Solar System
I love including picture books in all of my homeschool lessons. I find them to be a great way to introduce or reinforce what I’m teaching about.
Below, I’ve shared some of our favorite solar system picture books for kids. You should be able to find them at your local library or your local used bookstore.
• There’s No Place Like Space! – Learn about the solar system, planets, the constellations, and astronauts, and explore the wonders of space with the help of everyone’ favorite Cat in the Hat!
Perfect for aspiring astronauts, or any kid who loves learning and science.
• I Am the Solar System – In this simple Solar System book for kindergarten and first grade, kids are introduced to basic space concepts that are made easy to follow and remember.
Starting at the Sun and working outward through the planets and belts, children will discover space objects and follow the flow of the solar wind, taking a fun and informative tour of the Solar System.
• National Geographic Kids: Planets – This brilliantly illustrated book taps into children’s natural curiosity about the vast world of space.
This level 2 reader, written in simple language that is easy for young readers to understand, introduces children to our solar system, including all of the planets and dwarf planets, and lots of fascinating fun facts.
More Solar System Fun for Kids
Kids can practice planet name and recall their place on the table when they play this fun solar system memory matching game.
Add some felt planets, aliens, astronauts, and rocket ships to your pretend play area for hours of imaginative play.
Add some STEM to your solar system plans with this awesome water rocket kit for kids.