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Solar System Game For Kids [Free Printables]

Looking for a creative way to introduce your little ones to the wonders of space? Get ready to blast off into a world of fun and learning with this solar system game for kids!

This exciting space flashcard game is designed to help kids explore the solar system and its planets. Each card features a vivid space-themed illustration, and kids can use the cheat sheet to learn more about each one. 

As your kids identify each image, they’ll collect the cards and build their own solar system! The aim of the game is to collect as many cards as possible – all while brushing up on their knowledge of planets and space in a fun way. 

Our downloadable template and instructions below make it easy to get started. Your little astronauts will be ready to explore the milky way galaxy and learn astronomy today with this game!

Solar System For Kids Game

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If your kids are brand new to the solar system and everything in it, it’s best to teach an introductory lesson about space and it’s celestial bodies or read some space books for kids.

If they’ve already studied space and the planets at school, you can use this game as a refresher.

Space Flashcard Game Supplies

  • Free printable space flashcards & worksheet (click the “click here to get this freebie” image at the end to open the form)
  • White cardstock
  • Tape
  • Laminator (optional but suggested for repeated use)
  • Laminating sheets (optional but suggested for repeated use)

To get set up, print out the flashcards on the white cardstock.

Next, laminate and cut out each flashcard. After laminating, I always round the corners so they aren’t so sharp for little hands.

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Solar System Game Directions

To play the strategy card game, all you need is 1 or more players and 1 tester (usually Mom or teacher).

If you’re playing with more than one player, the object is to have the most flashcards at the end of the game. A player earns a flashcard by correctly guessing the planet or space object on their flashcard.

If you’re only playing with one player, the child wins by earning 6 flashcards. You can always change the number of flashcards needed to win if your child is younger or having more difficulty learning the facts.

Before the game begins, tape one space flashcard onto each player’s back (not the tester). If you own the Hedbanz game (which is really fun btw), you can slip the flashcards into the headbands instead.

The youngest player gets to go first.

Players are allowed to ask 2 questions about their space flashcards on each turn. The question cannot be “Is my flashcard Jupiter?” or any other planet’s name. They must be questions related to the facts about their card.

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Some sample questions could be as follows:

  • Am I a red planet?
  • Am I a planet larger than Earth?
  • Am I a planet?
  • Do I have rings?
  • Am I one of the big ‘gas giants’?
  • Am I the biggest planet in our solar system?

If your child is having difficulty coming up with questions, have them look at the planet cheat sheet to see what questions they can come up with based on the facts. You can also add a timer for each round to create a fun but fast learning experience!

Once the 2 questions have been asked, let the child have one guess about which card is theirs.

If they get the answer correct, then they get to keep the card and add it to their own star system. If they’re incorrect, they have to wait until their next turn (if there is more than one player) to ask 2 more questions.

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Adapting For Younger Kids

There’s no need to call mission control if your child is young and doesn’t know facts about the solar system! Instead, have them ask questions based solely on the pictures like:

  • Is it the smallest planet?
  • Is it blue?
  • Is it a person?

Remember you can also print out two sets of these flashcards and make them into memory puzzles as we did with this free dinosaur memory game. Point out certain visuals on the cards like Saturn’s rings or any other features of solar system that they can look for as they play. 

This is such a fun way to learn about the solar system and teach your kids new planets!

If your kids love playing games, try this game out with them (and also check out the best preschool board games too!). There’s a huge range of immersive planet games to enjoy when you use these flashcards!

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Space Activities For Kids

The fun your kids can have as they gather information about space is out of this world! Kids are naturally curious, especially regarding the great unknowns of our universe. There’s just so much to explore and discover.

Keep reading to find some of the best space activities for kids – they’ll surely spark a lifelong interest in the stars and beyond!

Kids’ Books About Space

Books are a great way to get even further into a theme! On top of that, reading to kids helps them develop a stronger vocabulary and helps them learn to focus. It’s a win-win situation! Try out some of these cool books about space:

8 Little Planets is a fun space book for the youngest of kids. It has engaging rhyming words and cute illustrations!

On The Launchpad is a simple space-themed book for young children learning how to count! Read it nightly to help them learn!

My First Book of Planets is perfect for children who want to learn more about space.

Kids’ Space Crafts

Crafting with kids is not just a fun activity, but it also provides numerous benefits for their development. It fosters creativity and imagination, which are essential for children’s growth and learning.

Additionally, it can also enhance their cognitive and social-emotional skills, as they learn to follow instructions, work in teams, and express their feelings through art. Keep reading for some of our top space craft ideas for kids.

Earth Paper Craft – If your little astronaut is looking for a rocky planet to explore, let them make their own! With this craft, they can create an earthling from paper and pipe cleaners. It’ll be out-of-this-world fun and is also the perfect craft for Earth day! Kids will love using their fingers to twist and turn the pipe cleaners into arms and legs.

Rocket Ship Headband Craft – This is one of the best kids crafts for little ones who love pretend play. Let their imaginations soar as they decorate and design a rocket ship headband to wear during a future mission!

With our free template, kids can either color in or cut out colored cardstock for their masterpieces. After, they’ll be ready to explore galaxies near and far!

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Paper Plate Sun Craft: With a paper plate and some yellow paint, kids will be entertained creating this bright sunshine craft! Our paper plate sun craft will help get their creative juices flowing and improve their fine motor skills. It’s a guaranteed smile-producing project and will make a sunny addition to their classroom or home.

Rocket Puppet Craft: Kids can transform an ordinary paper bag into a rocket puppet with this craft. It’s the perfect project for a rainy afternoon, and they can choose whatever color cardstock they want. They’ll soar to the stars with their puppet, making up stories to tell as they go!

Space Activities For Kids

For some immersive galaxy learning, try our space pattern block mats! They’ll match the empty shapes with their block toys, learning about geometric shapes, colors, and patterns. This activity is a super fun and educational way to introduce kids to the world of space.

Download our interstellar space color by numbers sheets to help your kids learn colors and counting. With this activity, they can match the colors with the numbers to reveal a space-themed image.

It’s a great way to introduce them to the basics of coloring and math! Who knows, they might have so much fun they’ll forget they’re learning!

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Let your little astronauts explore the universe with our outer space do a dot printables. Kids can use dot markers, pom poms, or buttons to fill each gap in the images.

These activities will help give their academic performance a boost, work on fine motor skills, teach them new words, and develop critical thinking – and of course, have lots of fun!

These free printable space coloring pages for kids are great no-prep activities kids love. Each page features a planet from our solar system, providing an educational and entertaining experience. They’ll have a ton of fun coloring the inner and outer planets and learning more about our solar system.

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Fun Space Activities

Free Printable Solar System Flashcards For Kids

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Monday 8th of April 2024

Thank you for all your help with my library lesson for 2nd grade!!!


Monday 8th of April 2024

You're very welcome! Glad you can use some of the ideas ◡̈


Thursday 30th of November 2023

Excited to use this during a lesson!


Friday 1st of December 2023

Yay! Hope it goes great!


Sunday 12th of November 2023

The box to enter my email to receive the free solar system flash cards isn't letting me put in my email address. It won't put a cursor in the box so I can start typing.


Monday 13th of November 2023

Hmm, that's odd. I just tried and it's working for me. I wonder if you try doing it in an incognito window if it will work.


Monday 25th of September 2023

Would love to have the link to download this creative activity.


Tuesday 26th of September 2023

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you. Once you've been confirmed as an email subscriber (by clicking the link in the first email), you simply enter your email in any of the forms and it'll automatically redirect you to the download page.


Friday 4th of August 2023

I've tried to download the pictures that go on the headband but I'm receiving nothing. I've even tried multiple emails and I'm not getting it :(


Monday 7th of August 2023

Since you’re already an email subscriber, all you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of any post and it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page. It's only the first time that it's sent to your inbox.

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