Take fun to interstellar proportions with this solar system game!
Quiz students on the components of our solar system with exciting activities for two teams of aspiring astronomers. Using the play area available, create a starting line on one end. Place celestial-labeled buckets at random intervals from the starting line and divide students into two equal teams, red and blue. Each team gets 18 vinyl balls in their color.
The buckets represent celestial objects in six categories:
- Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors
- Dwarf Planets
- Inner Planets
- Outer Planets
- Sun and Stars
The instructor reads a question from the deck of CosmosCourse Cards while students discuss among their team and then race to place one of their balls in the bucket labeled with the answer they chose. The class discusses correct answers between questions. Points are awarded based on the difficulty of the question represented by red, yellow, and green cards. Play continues for a predetermined amount of time or until all balls have been used. The team with the most points/correct answers at the end, wins.
It’s easy to adapt game play using a subset of cards, playing as a relay race, or placing the buckets at scale with the real solar system scale. Includes everything required to play the game. Full contents list below. Recommended for Upper Elementary and up.
- 5-Gallon Buckets (Rainbow), Set of 6
- Stickers, Set of 6
- Question Cards (5" H x 3-1/2" W), Set of 50
- Vinyl Game Balls (3” dia), Set of 36 (18 ea red, blue)
- Lesson Direction