Make a Comet on a Stick

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In this activity, learners craft their own model of a comet on a stick to make it fly around the room. Using different color ribbons, tin foil, and other low cost materials, learners will create the coma, nucleolus, gas tail, and dust tail components of their comet. This activity includes step-by-step instructions with pictures, a diagram showing components of a comet, and a section with background information about comets.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Chopsticks or a popsicle stick
  • Metallic ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Tin foil


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
    • Solar System
      • Asteroids and Comets

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


Components that are part of this resource:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • Public domain, ,

Funding Source:

  • NASA