Passionate little astronomers from all over the world, we have great news for you. Our jigsaw puzzle of the day this week is both fun and educational: it’s the solar system (8 puzzleballs) puzzle. Piece together each planet, then lay them out on their base stands across the matching solar system map or hang them up as a mobile with the fishing line included.
The solar system consists of the sun and the eight planets, which are bound to it by gravity. It was formed approximately 4.6 billion years ago. The smaller inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, are also called the terrestrial planets because they are made primarily of solid materials. The outer planets are larger, with Jupiter and Saturn made of gases and Uranus and Neptune of ice.
The Solar System Puzzleballs are a fantastic way to learn and practice facts about the solar system. Put them together with your middle-schooler while quizzing them on facts about each planet, then work together on the mobile or race to see who can arrange them in the correct order fastest. You may even learn something yourself, while you’re at it!