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Space activities for kids – Active learning Planet Match game

What's included?

Four-page PDF with instructions and activity cards, plus teacher notes

Key Stage

KS1, KS2, KS3


Years 1-9


These space activities for kids are suitable for KS1-KS3. They involve identifying key facts about the planets in our solar system. This will develop pupils’ listening skills, as well as getting them moving.

The four-page PDF contains the cards needed for the activity, plus instructions. It’s the perfect activity for groups of three or four. You’ll need sufficient space for each group to travel between two hoops (5-10m apart). It touches on geography, science and English skills.

Space activities for kids

Space Solar System: Solar System Sorter

Groups of up to 9

Travel around the learning space as planets and creating an accurate heliocentric solar system with your bodies. Change the way pupils travel to support the development of agility, i.e. hopping, skipping, tiptoeing.

Space Travel: Planet Match

Small group activity

Match planets to key facts across the learning space. Pupils can also create their own to add to the resource.

Spread the cards across the learning area to encourage as much movement as possible. This activity supports the development of agility and object manipulation skills.

Making it easier

Play with a smaller selection of cards and read through as a class before starting the activity. Match the planet names with planet images instead of planet facts.

Making it harder

Produce the fact cards with fewer facts to increase the complexity of matching.

Find out more about Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. Browse more resources for World Space Week.

Space activities for kids – Planet Match game
Space activities for kids – Active learning Planet Match game
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