Intergalactic Play Scene

How to make your own intergalactic play scene from a cardboard box.

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    • A selection of paints-  Black, white, purple, green, yellow, red orange acrylic is best
    • Paint pallet
    • Paint brushes
    • water
    • PVA glue or a glue gun
    • Coloured Card
    • Scissors
    • Styrofoam balls 8- of both small and large
    • Wire
    • Tape
    • Gliiter  (optional)
    • Skewers
    • Shiny paper
    • 1 cardboard box
  1. Make sure you have all the parts you need around you, it saves a lot of time if you know where everything is.
  2. Tape one end of the cardboard box together (if it is flat packed)
  3. Cut the top part off (make sure a parent/guardian does this part),
  4. Paint the inside of the box black all over then leave it to dry fully
  5. While waiting you can get on with making your planets
  6. Grab a picture of the solar system form a book or online
  7. Put them in colour and size order
  8. Next use your paint pallet to mix the right colours you will need for each planet
  9. The easiest way to do it would be to use skewers so you can get all the angles and it makes less mess
  10. Once they are all painted leave them to dry, use the styrofoam block to wedge each planet filled skewer
  11. Next focus on making the background, which is where the coloured card comes in handy- if you have plain card then you can just paint over it
  12. Get some inspiration by looking at pictures of space
  13. Use a mix of colours to create a space themed background
  14. When your box has finally dried, create a planet floor- we used a mixture of silver and red glitter
  15. As that is drying use the pointy end of the skewer to make holes into the top of the box (make sure a parent/guardian does this part), one for each planet
  16. Later on you can make bigger holes at the back and stick little fairy lights through!
  17. Dont forget to add saturn’s rings, using a bit of shiny paper or painted paper, cut a circle out and glue it to saturn’s planet
  18. Make sure they have enough space in between them
  19. We are using glow in the dark stars for the sides of the box, but you don’t have to!
  20. Stick on stars to make it a little brighter in there.
  21. Once all the planets are dry you can use the invisible thread to go through each end
  22. Now that the background is dry you can stick it to the back of the box
  23. Make sure one end is knotted to that the planets can hang from it
  24. Cut the thread to how low you want the planets hanging
  25. Then using a bit of tape on the top, stick them down
  26. Once they are all in place, you can have a play around with adding more stars or fairy lights
  27. Now that everything is in place and all dry, your pace box is ready to go
  28. Enjoy!

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