Connor has been really interested in outer space lately so we’ve been learning more about astronomy. With the help of National Geographic Kids, we dove into kid-friendly educational materials on planets and the solar system. After reading about outer space, we decided to paint our sun, along with some of the planets in our solar system.
We started by choosing our colors and pouring washable paint into our palettes. Connor wanted a few specifics shades so we decided to mix colors to achieve his vision. It was a great hands-on lesson in color mixing. Once our colors were ready, we began painting each styrofoam ball in a dabbing motion with a sponge. We painted half of each ball then sat them aside to dry. Once the first coat was fully applied and dry, we added a second coat using the same method with a new color or shade to create additional detail.
- We used Crayola washable paint
- Styrofoam balls
- We purchased 2.2 inch smooth foam balls from Hobby Lobby
- Sponges or foam daubers/stipplers
- Paint palette
- Apron or art smock
As with all of the projects I share, this general concept can be modified depending on the age and skill level of your child. For younger children, you may want to only apply a single coat of paint. However, for older children, you may wish to incorporate a variety of styrofoam ball sizes and paint color options to create a more realistic representation of our planets. Once your creations are complete, they can be used in a space themed sensory bin. I’ll be sharing ours later this week, so stay tuned.