The solar system may be millions of miles wide, but Bayville Primary School first-graders recently had the planets at their fingertips. Culminating their unit of study on the solar system, students created jumbo papier-mâché replicas of each planet and the sun. The youngsters used paper, paintbrushes and sponges to create realistic-looking colorful planets that had texture and depth.

The first-graders are in Carolyn Sumcizk’s class and learned all about the solar system prior to the project. “They knew the facts about the solar system from our lessons,” Ms. Sumcizk said. “Having fun recreating the planets helped reinforce those lessons.” She explained that a creative, hands-on project creates excitement about the curriculum and the children have a much easier time remembering the details.