Liam and Lance are pretty proud of their planets in their room. It is fun. We need to get some glow in the dark stars and they will be set! Let me tell you how we finished the project....
We used children's tempera paint.
First of all I made the mistake of popping the balloons before they started painting them. Oops. I did not realize that once the paint was applied the paper mache would soften up and so it was difficult for the planets to keep their shape. The balloons would have helped support the softened newspaper. So some of the planets look slightly "deflated." Of course the paper mache hardened right up again as the paint dried. Kinda funny.
From what I could find on the internet these are the colors of the planets:
Venus: yellowish - white
Earth: blue and green
Mars: red - orange
Jupiter: orange and white bands
Saturn: pale yellow, blue, and white haze
Uranus: light blue, and lots of clouds
Neptune: a little darker blue that Uranus
Once all the planets were dry I threaded clear thread through the top of the planets where the balloon ties used to be. There was a little hole left by the balloon tie and I wanted that to be hidden so I hung them from that spot.
After thinking over the many possibilities we decided to simply wrap Saturn with red pipe cleaners to create the rings. We attached about 15 pipe cleaners to each other by twisting their ends together and making one long pipe cleaner.
Then I used my hot glue gun to attach the rings to the planet every so often as we twisted it around the planet. If you were even more creative than us you could figure out a way to make the rings float further away from the planet. I think it turned out pretty good though.
I hung the planets with the "Command 3M mini sticky clips." Since the planets are so light, the clips hold them up just great and there are no holes on the walls.
Oh and check out this adorable astronaut dress-up. My son begged me to get it when we were at the planetarium. It took some convincing but he promised he wanted to be an astronaut for Halloween so here is hoping he does not change his mind. Either way I am sure it will get a lot of use with three boys!
I hope you have a great July 4th weekend!