Learning about space is so fun at any age. I have put together these free planet coloring pages for you to enjoy.
Within these free kids coloring pages, you will find delightful illustrations of all eight planets, accompanied by brief and informative descriptions of each planet’s characteristics and unique features.
As we will be studying astronomy in our homeschool next year, I have also shared the best astronomy curriculum we have found too. Including even more free resources (from NASA).
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My son received a telescope for Christmas, which gave us the push needed to start studying the planets.
Solar System Coloring Pages
I was convinced there were more planets, so I looked into it and Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet in 2006.
These are the following planets in our solar system and are included in the planet coloring pack.
Mars is the fourth planet from the sun. It is the second smallest planet in the Solar System and is half the size of Earth. It has two moons and is red in color due to its iron minerals.
Neptune is the furthest planet from the sun and is called an “ice giant”. It does not have a solid surface because it is made up of gases. Neptune has 14 moons and is blue in color.
Earth is the third planet from the sun. It is the largest of the planets in the Solar System and has one moon. “Earth” means “the ground”.
Earth has water, sun, and food meaning that life is sustainable.
Download our free phases of the moon worksheets and learn about the 8 different stages.
Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and is called a ‘gas giant’. It has 79 moons and is the largest planet in the Solar System. It is as big as 317 Earths!
Younger kids will also enjoy creating their own sun handprint with our free template.
Saturn is the second-largest planet in the Solar System and the sixth furthest from the sun. It is called a ‘gas giant’ and is made up of the same gases as the sun and Jupiter.
Saturn has 62 moons. White spots on the planet are actually storms.
Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun. It is a gas giant within the Solar System and is made up of a lot of ice. Uranus is the coldest of the planets.
It has 27 moons and can be seen from Earth.
Mercury is the planet closest to the sun and does not have any moons. It has craters on the surface, similar to Earth’s moon. It can be both extremely hot and cold on Mercury.
Mercury is the smallest planet.
Venus is the second planet from the sun and does not have any moons. It is too hot on Venus to explore and has the most volcanoes in the whole Solar System.
Venus is Earth’s closest neighbor.
Check out this super cool space torch and let them have fun in the dark in their bedrooms projecting cool space images.
Have fun while learning about the planet, with our free planet memory game. See who can match the planets first.
Astronomy Homeschool Curriculum
If you are wanting to study astronomy in your homeroom these resources and curriculums are the best ones we have found.
If you are looking for more free resources though, the wonderful people at NASA have put together LOADS of fantastic resources for kids of all ages.
Apart from the telescope, our next favorite purchase was this star and planet locator (at less than $6). It will show you where 200 of the stars and planets are to be found in the sky.
If you are wanting to study astronomy in your homeschool (we are going to next year, in grade 7) these are the best astronomy curriculums we could find.
Real Science Odyssey Astronomy 1 for Elementary grades
Additional planet resources
Have even more outer space fun with these:
- Phases of the moon word search
- Planet word search
- Coffee filter planets from Fun A Day
- Planets flip book printable from Living Life and Learning
Download the free planet coloring worksheets
Last Updated on 3 August 2023 by homeschoolof1