Solar System Memory Game: Galactic Fun for Young Explorers

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Looking for a fun and educational way to teach your kids about the solar system? Our engaging (and low prep!) printable solar system memory game offers an exciting way for kids to explore the planets, moons, and stars in a unique and interactive way!

As a public school teacher, I would always prioritize interactive activities in my classroom so it’s no surprise that, as a homeschooling mom, I’m doing the same with my own kids! Learning should be meaningful, memorable, and fun…and hands-on, immersive activities help homeschooling to be just that!

Whether you’re planning a solar system unit study or “just” encouraging your outer space enthusiast to keep learning, learning, learning (please tell me you sang that a la the Finding Nemo song just like I did), it’s always important to include as many opportunities for hands-on learning as possible. Not only are hands-on activities super fun, but they actually provide a number of educational benefits.

It may take a bit more effort to plan an interactive activity for the kids. And it may take a bit more time to complete a lesson than if it were “just” read aloud from a book, but, I’m telling you…the effort is 100% worth it!

As you’re planning your solar system lessons & activities, you should definitely consider including my Solar System Memory Game in your homeschool plans. Not only is is super low prep, but it’s my favorite price (free), and the kids really will have a great time!

Think your kids are “too old” to play memory games? Um, no. I bet they’re not! Check out these 25 brain boosting & fun ways to play memory games and I guarantee your mind will be changed! (disclaimer: not an actual guarantee, but still…)

Ok, how about I tell you a bit more about my solar system memory game?

About the Solar System Memory Game

So this space games comes in the form of a PDF file. I’ve already put in the work to create and organize the game, so you just need to download, print, and play!

To make this solar system memory game appropriate for all ages and levels to play, I’ve included a number of different types of cards within the game…allowing for varying levels of difficulty including:

  • 1 complete set of cards with images only, no words
  • 1 complete set of cards with both images and words
  • 1 complete set of cards with words only, no images
image of the solar system

So, you know how memory games are typically played by matching an image to it’s exact match? Well, since I provided three different card design options, the kids could play by utilizing a variety of card designs in one game like:

  • matching an “image only” card with a “word only” card (example: image of Earth card with the word “Earth” card)
  • matching an “image and word” card with a “word only” card (example: image & word “Earth” card with word “Earth” card)
  • matching an “image only” card with an “image and word” card (example: image of Earth card with image & word “Earth” card)

I know I’m probably making this more confusing than it needs to be, but hopefully this image (below) can help!

image of the different cards included in the solar system memory card game

And, while the solar system is super huge (technical term, there), I opted to not include every single part of the galaxy because, you know, I’d likely still be sitting here making the set if I wanted to include everything. In an effort to save myself some time and save your kids some confusion, the following parts of the solar system have been included in this game:

  • All the planets (Yes, I even include Pluto even though it’s now considered a “dwarf planet.” I was born in the late 1900s when Pluto was still considered a full-blown planet, so I feel bad not including it. Whether you include Pluto in your game play…well, that’s up to you.)
  • The Moon
  • The Sun
  • A Comet
  • A Black Hole (Take this as an opportunity to introduce your kids to “Black Hole Sun” if you haven’t already)
  • A Star
  • Haumea (This was the first I’d ever heard of this unusual dwarf planet!)
  • A Galaxy
  • An Asteroid

There are 16 different cards in total, so you can totally pick and choose which ones the kids will use to play the game. Perhaps start with the planets and then include the other cards as they master the planets? That’s what I would do!

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The PDF includes suggestions for prep, but just so there are no surprises…I like to print game cards on cardstock paper instead of “regular” printer paper because it’s more sturdy and will ensure the game is durable enough for many uses. To make the game pieces even more durable, I like to laminate the cardstock print outs before I cut out each individual playing piece. (I have the older version of this Scotch-brand laminator and find that these Nuova laminating sheets work great)

I use these mesh zipper pouch bags to store the game pieces (and have even used them to switch board games from bulky box packaging to save on space!).

Go ahead and grab the free solar system memory game printable set now! Just fill out the form below and it’ll be sent straight to your inbox!

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Enjoy your Solar System Unit Study!

Including solar system games in your space unit study will certainly make it as meaningful, memorable, and fun as possible! Even when the study is over, I bet the kids will still reach for the games you’ve shared because, well, they enjoyed them!

I love creating resources for my kids and definitely love that I get to share them with you guys! What resources should I create next? What will help you in your experience as a homeschooling parent? Leave a comment to let me know! Or…if your idea is top-secret, go ahead and send me an email.

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy quality time with your family,

- Elizabeth (and the kids. and the husband. even the dog.)

Elizabeth Dukart is a proud Georgia-based born and raised Jersey Girl, wife, and mom of 2 human boys & 1 canine boy.

Created in 2021, Elizabeth owns and publishes That Homeschool Family: a free resource for homeschooling parents and beyond! A seasoned blogger, Elizabeth previously published a popular location-specific family resource blog, but decided to “Pivot!” her blogging focus after she started homeschooling her two boys in 2020. In addition to this blog, you can follow Elizabeth’s homeschooling and family adventures on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. She can also be found in her Facebook Group: That Homeschool Family Hangout.

When she’s not busy taking over the world or homeschooling, Elizabeth can be found listening to music (especially The Beatles & Harry Styles!), being silly with her boys, watching movies with family, shopping, or traveling!

Have a question or want to work with Elizabeth? Send her an email!

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