How to Make a Pop-Up Book About the Solar System

There are eight planets in our solar system.
There are eight planets in our solar system. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Pop-up books are fun for children to make and to read. A pop-up book about the solar system is a great book report idea or can be done as a project in science class. The secret to creating an easy pop-up book is to keep the cuts simple and focus on creating bright, colorful pop-up images.

Things You'll Need

  • 10 8 1/2-by-11-inch pieces of white cardstock
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn

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Cut the pop-up fold in your first piece of cardstock by folding your cardstock in half, horizontally.

With the folded edge facing you, draw two vertical parellel lines in the center of the paper, about three inches apart and each about two inches high.

Cut along these lines, then fold the cut part away from you and press it down making a crease.

Fold the cut part back down to its original position and open up your cardstock so it is standing like a peaked roof.

Punch the cut part in with your fingers so that the crease can be creased the opposite way, making an upside down tent.

Fold the card shut and press it down so the creases are defined.

When you open the cardstock, the cutout part will pop up. This is where you can glue your pop-up images. Repeat the entire process for the remaining pieces of cardstock.

Draw the planets, the sun and the moon on construction paper and cut them out individually. Make each object colorful and large enough to stand out on the page.

Glue one planet, sun or moon to each page on the area that pops up. Write the name of the planet and a few simple facts about it on the page.

Stack finished pages together. Use a hole puch to make holes along the left hand side of the pages of your book. Secure the pages together by tying yarn through the holes.

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