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    By Bertie

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    I'm not sure if this is too young for your group, but here are two things I did. I bought some neat scrapbooking paper at the dollar store and got two planet shapes out of each page. We mounted that on dark blue and they could add moons or rings as desired. They could combine pieces from several different designs if they wanted to. Then they made up facts about this new planet - using the information we'd been studying about the real planets. So they made up the weather, how long a "day" lasted, the size, terrain, possible plant or animal life, and distance from the sun. We named it using their last names.

    Another thing we did was to start with a bright page folded in half and cut out a symmetrical shape which became an alien when unfolded. They added eyes, nose, ears and mouth cut from magazines, and I provided every thing I could find in the art room for embellishments - feathers, pipe cleaners, straws, pompoms, gllitter. We named the alien using their first name, spelled backwards. So mine would be EITREB from the Planet ALTA.

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