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Solar System Sensory Bin

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What happens when you mix bouncy balls, black beans, and glow-in-the-dark stars? A sensory bin that takes you on a tour of the solar system! Experience the wonders of space and learn about the planets, the moon, stars, and the Sun!


The hypothesis is that a sensory bin with planets, stars, the moon and the Sun will help kids learn about the solar system in a fun way.

Method & Materials

Fill the container with black beans, place the planets, moon, Sun, and stars inside, and let the kids play and learn. At the end of the playtime, put the container in a dark room so the kids can see the stars glow in the dark.
You will need a container, black beans, bouncy balls representing the planets, a moon, the Sun, and glow-in-the-dark stars.


By playing with the solar system sensory bin, kids can learn about the solar system while having fun. The glowing stars add a magical touch, and the large bouncy Sun ball is always a favorite. This is a great way to spark their curiosity about space!

Why do this project?

This science project is unique because it allows kids to physically play with the planets and experience their sizes and distances from each other. It's a great way to introduce them to the vastness of space in a fun and engaging way.

Also Consider

Add a space shuttle or astronaut figure to introduce space exploration. Use wild rice instead of black beans for a different texture and color.

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