have great fun with this song in my concerts; you can see my
activity suggestions below the lyrics. I don’t try to do all
eight planets due to space restrictions, and finish with the
moon going around earth. But you certainly can keep it going!
Using the traditional tune makes it easy for everyone to join in
the singing making it totally interactive. This song introduces
the most basic concepts of our solar system, and is a great
refresher for older children and adults as well.
Also check out “In Our Solar
Hi Ho, To
Space We Go
The Sun is our daytime star,
the Sun is our daytime star
Hi, ho, to space we go, the Sun is our daytime star
Mercury’s number one, Mercury’s number one
Hi, ho, to space we go, Mercury’s number one.
Venus is number two, Venus is number two
Hi, ho, to space we go, Venus is number two.
The Earth is third around, the Earth is third around
Hi, ho, to space we go, the Earth is third around.
The Moon goes round the Earth, the Moon goes round the Earth
Hi, ho, to space we go, the Moon goes round the Earth.
Make props to represent the
Sun, Mercury, Venus, the Earth, and the Moon. These can be as
simple as decorated paper plates, or as elaborate as paper mache
globes, or large pieces of poster board which children can wear
like a sandwich board.
Begin the song with one child
who is the sun.
Add other children as the song indicates, and have them walk
slowly in concentric circles around the sun. They will discover
that Mercury will have to walk very slowly, for as the other
planets are added, and the circle becomes larger, those children
will have to walk faster to keep the planets lined up.
Finish with the child who is
That child will have to walk around the earth while the earth is
walking around the sun. This is not easy, but is very
entertaining! A teacher or parent can be Mother Nature, and help
keep everyone going.
TIP: make sure to sing slowly so children keep the “orbits” in
place as they walk.
1. The sun is a star!
2. We see it during the day
because it is closer to the
earth than the other starts.
3. The sun is the center of
our solar system, and the
planets orbit around it.
4. The moon orbits
around the earth.