For much of the childrens' school careers I've been waiting for the solar system model. It hasn't come home yet, but Audrey's class is currently investigating eclipses and so I couldn't resist the opportunity to help her model this.
It simulates both lunar and solar eclipses (depending on where you hold the torch/sun). It was great as Audrey got really involved with making it and painted the earth and the moon and helped fix up the base. She also researched and put together a list of facts. For example did you know that the moon goes anti-clockwise round the earth.
|The model in all its glory|
|The sun's rays blocked by the moon.|
|The sun, earth and moon (with Mars in the background)|