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

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Things You'll Need

  • 10 8 1/2-by-11-inch pieces of white cardstock

  • Construction paper

  • Scissors

  • Markers

  • Glue

  • Hole punch

  • Yarn

There are eight planets in our solar system.

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.


Step 1

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

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Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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


Step 5

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

Step 6

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


Step 7

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.

Step 8

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.


Step 9

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.

Step 10

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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