Lunar and Planetary Institute

Shaping the Planets

Welcome to Explore! Shaping the Planets

A variety of forces have given the planets the features we see on their surfaces today.  In the Shaping the Planets suite of activities, children create their own miniature versions of those forces!  In Make a Volcano!, children make repeated colorful “volcanic eruptions” using vinegar and baking soda and, by laying down a Play-Doh “lava flow” to record each eruption’s size and shape, develop a realistic volcano model.  Children model the formation of an impact crater in the Impacts! activity by dropping balls into a tray with layers of different colored powders.  The activities are suitable for children ages 8-13 unless otherwise noted in the “activities” section.  Discover links to additional games, activities, and information in the “further resources” section.

Last updated
May 27, 2009