How the Earth Rotates Craft for Kids

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How the Earth Rotates Craft for Kids

Are you looking for a fun solar system or STEM-based activity for kids? Look no further!

Today on The Inspiration Edit we have a fantastic activity to help teach kids how the earth rotates around the sun. it’s simple and easy and a great fun learning activity. Enjoy!


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What You Will Need

  • Bright golf ball
  • Small blue bouncy ball
  • Marker
  • Metal pie tin
  • Hot glue, glue gun or super adhesive


Let’s Make It

Begin by finding the center of the pie tin.

This alone can be a lesson as you measure the width of the pan and locate the exact center point. Mark the point with your marker.

 You will be using your bright golf ball as the sun.

If you can only find a white golf ball, simply spray paint or brush on paint to give it some colour.


Use your marker to make a simple face on your bright golf ball.

You now have your sun!

Place a generous amount of hot glue or adhesive on your center point.

Press the sun to the glue and hold in place until secure.


Take the small blue bouncy ball (be sure to point out how the Earth is much smaller in size than the sun) and place it in the pie tin.

You will notice that it falls to the edge of the tin.


Simply hold both sides of the tin and gently move it back and forth.

The blue ball (Earth) will start to rotate around your bright golf ball (sun) giving a demonstration of how the Earth rotates around the sun.

Since children usually just see the sun come and go, they often have the impression that it is the sun that moves, not the Earth.

This activity can help better demonstrate not just the Earth’s movement, but its size in comparison to the sun.

Earth Rotates Craft

Should you wish to further this activity, learn more about the other planets and add additional bouncy balls to represent them.

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About Angela Milnes

Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!

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