Alphabet Wall: Making…u for universe

Pop quiz! Quick, can you remember the order of the eight (remember Pluto’s been demoted to a dwarf planet! 😉 ) planets in our solar system?  😛

You will need the following materials: black or midnight blue coloured paper, white and yellow paint, paintbrush, old toothbrush, old magazines, scissors, glue.  

Part 1: Universe backdrop (5 minutes)
1. Prepare the paints in colours of your choice on your palette.
2. Run the toothbrush bristles against your paintbrush and spatter paint across the sheet of black or midnight blue coloured paper.
3. Let dry.

Shower the paint off the kids and the bathroom floor.

Part 2: Solar system (10 minutes)
4. Cut out a sun and eight planets.

5. Paste these on your universe background (in random order if you want this to just be an art activity, in proper order, sizing, colour, etc if you want it to be educational).

Tip: I used the leftover painted tissue paper saved from our s for seahorse craft to cut out the planets in different sizes and colours. Love the effect!  (Click on the link if you’d like to know how we made the painted tissue!)

And…the order in direction away from the sun is:  Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.

DS's universe piece

DD's universe piece

I was trying to remember the names of the planets that I’d learned in Malay back in school but my memory fails me (and my textbooks are long gone…). Any Malaysians reading this blog, who remember?  😉


Related Bible lesson: God made the universe.

Hebrews 11:3 – “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”

Lord of all creation
Of water, earth, and sky
The heavens are Your tabernacle
Glory to the Lord on High

God of wonders, beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe declares Your majesty
You are holy, holy
Lord of heaven and earth

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