This activity requires the pupils to work in small groups of 2-3. They will follow the step-by-step instructions to create the planets of the Solar System to scale. This activity shows the pupils the differences in size between Earth and the other planets.
Each group will need:
- A printed copy of the worksheet (see below)
- 3 tubs of play-doh.
- A set of planet name cards (so the pupils can place their planets).
- A ruler or piece of stiff card to cut the play-doh.
The pupils should be told to roll the play-doh into a 'sausage' shape as this will be far easier to divide equally into 8, than a spherical ball of play-doh.
When done correctly Jupiter will be the largest planet by far. If you 'mush' up the other planets together (excluding Jupiter) they will still not be as big as Jupiter!