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Galaxy of Paper Planets for kids

Making toys, Paper crafts  |  September 7th 2011  |  0 Comment

We needed another rainy afternoon craft so we decided to whip up a galaxy of paper planets…It seems that every time we have a rainy afternoon we have a space project… aliens and space ships and so on… so here is our galaxy…

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Here we go in Se7en Steps:

    1. Begin with a piece of card… split it in half.

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    1. On the one half draw a circle and the other an oval, fill the paper with your oval… and then cut them out…

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    1. Pop your circle on top of the oval and mark with a ruler two inch marks on either side of your circle. Make dots on your oval, to mark the edge of the circle. Then join the dots on your oval…
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    2. Now snip along the dotted lines… an inch or so on the edge of the circle and leave the same amount unsnipped along the line on your oval…

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    1. At this stage have a decorating frenzy, we did watercolors – quick and easy because I was actually making dinner at the time, but you will have so much more time… and I think tissue paper stuck on, and bits of foil and heaps of glitter… seriously this is one of those projects that can be as easy or as hard as you like!!!! And once your kids know how to make them they will quickly lurch from making a planet to a galaxy without even blinking!!!

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    1. Then pop your planet and it’s rings together…

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And you will have a pile of planets…

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    1. Finally pop a piece of wire through your planet, you can use string to hang it up but it’s fiddley and awkward and my kids are so much better at wire.DSC_0489DSC_0490

And the Se7en + 1th Step:

    1. Make a hook in the end of your wire… and hang your planet up in all it’s spacey glory!!!

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And you are done!!!

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Source: @se7en.org.za