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How to make a Solar System Threading Game
This is my YouTube project video debut. :) I’m sharing how to make a Solar System threading game. Threading games are great for developing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, concentration, and patience. Inspiration for this project comes from my son. He is learning about planets and adores space. Watch the tutorial below and continue reading for the written version.
Quick safety warning: The project involves small pieces and a cord. This is a potential choking hazard for young children.
Tools and Supplies
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The following items are the tools and supplies you’ll need to make the solar system threading game.
- Saw (hand or power)
- Scroll saw (or jigsaw or coping saw)
- Drill (with a drill guide or preferably a drill press)
- 3/8″ Spade drill bit
- 1/16″ drill bit
- Vise (I used my JawHorse)
- Scrap lumber
- 1/4″ dowel
- Acrylic paints
- Sealer (I used Mod Podge)
- String (I used leather cord)
- Sand paper
- Strong adhesive (I used DAP Rapid Fuse)
Step 1: Sketch shapes of the sun and planets onto the scrap lumber
I wanted a very cartoony look for my solar system. I sketched lumpy circles for each planet and the sun. While the planets aren’t drawn to scale, I did try to size them such that Jupiter was the largest circle (after the sun) and Mercury was the smallest circle.
Step 2: Cut out each shape
I used my scroll equipped with a Flying Dutchman Ultra Reverse blade.
Step 3: Drill holes through each planet
Drill 3/8″ holes through each planet. I used a spade bit.
Step 4: Drill holes for the string
Drill a 1/16″ hole approximately a 1/4″ – 1/2″ deep in one end of the dowel and on one side of the sun.
Step 5: Prep planets for painting
Sand the surface of the planets and sun. Apply primer if necessary.
Step 6: Paint a base coat
Paint each planet and sun with a solid layer of the most predominate color.
Step 7: Paint details
Follow up with a new layer of paint capture details and features of each planet and the sun. Look at pictures of the solar system as a reference. I wanted a cartoony look for my solar system. Once I painted the details I went back and painted happy faces on each planet and the sun.
Step 8: Seal the paint
Protect the paint with a coat of sealer.
Step 9: Secure the string
Apply adhesive to each 1/16″ hole and insert the cord. I used a piece of leather cord that I had on hand.