Making Planetary Artwork

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February 16, 2019

Planetary Artwork - finished artworkOne of the books we (my children and I) read was about the solar system. After reading a book, we like to have a hands on activity. Today's hands on activity is using watercolors to recreate some of the planets. We did Earth, Mars, Venus, and our moon. We used glittery watercolors and it's extra sparkly and pretty (according to my toddler girl).


If you don't want to make a solar system, instead you can use watercolor paint over the majority of a sheet of white paper, allow it to dry, and you'll have nice stationary paper.

Total Time: Varies on your child + drying time


  • watercolor paint + paintbrush
  • bowl of water
  • chalk
  • white paper
  • black construction paper
  • circular objects to use as templates
  • scissors
  • glue stick
Planetary Artwork - supplies


  1. Have your child paint lines in shades of blue and finish up swirling the colors in a circular motion. We used sparkly glitter watercolors.
  2. Planetary Artwork - painting lines in blues
    Planetary Artwork - more lines of paint
    Planetary Artwork - begin to swirl
    Planetary Artwork - lines and swirls of blue paint
  3. Continue this same concept with other colors to resemble the planets you want to make.
  4. Planetary Artwork - continue in other colors to create the planets

  5. Allow the art work to dry. *If you were doing this as stationary paper you would try to fill up all the white spaces.
  6. Planetary Artwork - allow to dry
  7. Trace the planets according to size using circular objects.
  8. Planetary Artwork - use different size circular objects to trace the planet shapes
    Planetary Artwork - three planets traced in the painted area
  9. Cut out the circlular planet shapes.
  10. Planetary Artwork - cut out the planets
  11. You are ready to glue them onto the construction paper. Then, for finishing touches have your child make a circle for the moon and dots for the stars.
  12. Planetary Artwork - glue down planets
    Planetary Artwork - Earth and second planet
    Planetary Artwork - Earth, Venus and Mars

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