Many thanks to Jim Allan, Accessibility Coordinator at TSBVI (and resident Space Geek) for this idea.
This is a good follow-up activity to an introduction of the solar system.
After students have learned the basic structure of the solar system. Students will gain a better understanding of the relative distances between the planets and how much greater these distances are the farther from the Sun planets are located.
Developing a concept of the size of the solar system is difficult for everyone! It is immense! In this activity students develop a sense of the vast distances among the planets in our solar system. During this activity students will name the planets and their order in the solar system and become aware of the vast distances among the planets of our solar system.