A Flag for Your Planet

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In this activity, learners design a flag for a chosen or assigned planet. The instructions include information about flags on Earth, and a list of flag references. Learners can gather information about their planet online at www.nineplanets.org, which is similar to what's on the "Planet cards" sold by Family ASTRO. There is an extension discussion about whether the planets should become private property eventually, or perhaps be jointly owned by all of humanity. This activity targets families but can be adapted for any group of learners working together.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Planet cards from the Race to the Planets game OR
  • Just use similar information from www.nineplanets.org
  • Handout pages
  • 8-1/2 x 11 sheets of white paper and/or construction paper for the flags
  • Magic markers, colored pencils, or crayons
  • (Optional) Books about flags
  • (Optional) Some sticks and tape to attach the flags


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Solar System
      • The Planets
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Public Policy

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Fraknoi, Andrew

Source Collection

  • Science After School Consumer's Guide


  • All rights reserved, Project ASTRO, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2001