Saturn's Brilliant Rings
Rocket into space! Create a compelling dimensional picture of what you are learning about Saturn and the fascinating rings that surround it.
1. Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and the second largest in the solar system. It is the only planet with beautiful gas rings surrounding it. Find out more about this fascinating celestial body. Here’s one way to create a dramatic representation of the planet.
2. Draw a circle with a diameter of about 3 inches (7.6 cm) on the back of Crayola Color Explosion™ paper with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Flatten the circle slightly on the bottom edge so that it will look like the rings are in front of the planet. Cut out the planet with Crayola Scissors. Draw another circle slightly larger than the first, flatten the bottom, and cut it out.
3. On both planets, create interesting texture by using the Color Explosion color-reveal marker to draw sketchy lines following the circular shape. Insert a small circle of foam core between the planets. Attach the smaller one to the larger one with a Crayola Glue Stick. Glue another piece of foam core to the back.
4. Set your planets near the top center of a full sheet of Color Explosion paper. Use the color-reveal marker to trace around the larger one.
5. Saturn has three rings (named A, B, and C), although one is very faint and hard to see from Earth. The gap that is most noticeable is called the Cassini Division, so that is what this model shows. On white paper, make patterns for the rings. Draw two concentric, partial rings with tapered ends as shown in the picture. Make them wide enough to fit around your planet. Cut out your patterns. Trace them on the background with color-reveal markers. To make the rings look most real, draw thin lines inside each band to follow the ring shape.
6. Trace your ring patterns on another sheet of Color Explosion. Decorate and cut them out. Glue small pieces of foam on the back of the rings. Glue rings to your background on top of the ones you drew. This will give your picture dimension. Saturn and its rings pop out at you!
Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.
Color Explosion™ Black—Wash hands well with soap and water after use.
Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.
Sponges and Foam—Sponges, foam, and other expandable materials should not be used with children 3 years old and younger.
- Work in groups. Each student researches and depict a different planet in the solar system. Display the planets as a whole.
- Expand the project to include the sun, planets, dwarf planets, stars, meteors, and other bodies in the solar system.
- Assessment: Students will be successful if they depict a layered, 3-dimensional facsimile of the planet Saturn with its surrounding rings.