This activity uses touch boxes to illustrate some important characteristics of some Solar System objects and the differences between them. Children will be able to sense the differences in materials between several solar system bodies using everyday items as an analogy. This activity uses simple, easy to source materials, but the boxes do need to be assembled in advance.
Long ago, in the time before there was a country called Mexico, the people who lived in that land were called the Maya. They lived high in the mountains and deep in the rainforest that spread across the land, we now call Mexico. And, in the edge of the rainforest, there was a village, and in that village, there was a house, And in that house, there lived a family.
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, are the islands that we now call the Islands of Polynesia…
Long ago, on one of those islands there lived a King.
And he had one child, a daughter, whom he loved more than anything.
The Sun is a star powered by nuclear reactions and is incredibly powerful. It is vital for life on Earth, providing the heat and light we need in order to survive and for the food chain to operate, but it is so powerful that it must be viewed very carefully in order to avoid damage to the human eye.
Long ago, when the world began, according to the people of China, the Sun, and the Moon and the Earth were created in the Sky. On the Earth, lived all the different people, in their different countries around the world.
On the Sun, there lived a Prince, in a golden palace, and on the Moon, there lived two Princesses, in a silver palace.