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Incorporate Planetary and Space Themes
For those interested in learning about the astronomical objects in orbit, you’ll love these solar system coloring sheets. Created nearly 4.6 billion years ago, the solar system consists of the Sun (average yellow star) and four inner terrestrial planets including Venus, Mercury, Earth (which has one moon), and Mars (which has two smaller moons). Next, you will find the main asteroid belt, followed by four gas planets. These include Saturn (which has 62 known moons), Jupiter (which has 63 known moons), Neptune (which has 13 known moons), and Uranus (which has 27 known moons).
Between the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt, you will find five dwarf objects known as Pluto (with the Charon moon), Haumea, Ceres, Makemake, and Eris. These planets and moons make up the solar system, as well as comets, shooting stars, solar wind, cosmic rays and dust, and balls of ice that hurtle through the solar system.
The following resources will provide coloring sheets that feature the above planets, moons, and other orbiting objects in space. Parents can incorporate these solar system coloring pages into their desktop publishing projects, scrapbooks, posters, or invitations for solar system themed parties. Print out extra images for the kids to color, cut-out and use in their favorite project or to decorate their room.
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Coloring Castle: Planet, Solar System Coloring Pages
The Coloring Castle website provides four realistic pictures of the solar system. These include each of the planets, one with and one without Pluto, and their location in the solar system. Click the small image of the coloring sheet to enlarge it as a preview before printing or downloading the image to your computer.
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Educational Learning: Solar System Coloring Pages
At the Educational Learning website, you will find several categories of objects in orbit that will lead you to a page of colo ring sheets. Find a large picture of the entire solar system, the inner planets, the Sun, the asteroid belt, the outer plants, and the planets with their moons. Print out these solar system pictures by choosing the “Print" command from the File menu on your browser.
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Windows to the Universe: Solar System Coloring Book
The Windows to the Universe page not only provides coloring sheets for each of the planets and surrounding orbiting objects, but also has informative information that is educational for children learning about the solar system. Find a coloring page and additional information on the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Asteroids, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and comets.
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Coloring Fun: Free Solar System Coloring Pages
Experience the wonder of the universe through the Coloring Fun website. Print or download images from this wide collection of coloring pages of the solar system. These true-to-life images respectfully show the order of the planets in the solar system and vivid aspects, from the craters on the moon to the rings around Saturn. Click each small coloring page to open to a PDF file for print or download to your computer.
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Free Coloring: Solar System Coloring for Children
At the Free Coloring website, you’ll find printable coloring pages of the solar systems or images to use in your DTP project, scrapbook, or other assignment or activity. The planets are all named to teach children about the planets and how they look. You will also find several pictures of the sun, earth, and even an astronaut and rocket in space. Children can develop their fine motor skills, such as hand-eye coordination while enhancing their creativity through coloring.
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