If Your Child Is Excited About The NASA Crash, Here Are 20 Space Exploration Toys They’ll Love – WWLP

What are the best space exploration toys?

On September 26, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched the Double Asteroid Redirect Test spacecraft directly onto Dimorphos, an Earth-passing asteroid, to test its capabilities in the event of an imminent threat to the planet. It’s an exciting time for space fans and an even better time to introduce the concepts of space exploration to your children. Play is one of the best ways for children to learn. Even if the toy you choose isn’t meant to be educational, it can inspire a fascination that lasts a lifetime.

What to know before buying a space exploration toy

age range

All toys have suggested age ranges. You should always double check the suggested age range for safety reasons and to make sure you are not getting a toy that is too simple or too complex for your child. You can safely fake the numbers on some one or two year old toys if your child is more or less mature than other children.

Education factor

Some space exploration toys are explicitly intended as educational tools. These usually contain books with information about space or are “experiment kits” meant to teach various concepts such as rocketry. If you know your child wants to learn, save yourself the effort of Googling all the answers to their questions by grabbing one of these educational toys.

What are the best space exploration toys to buy?

Toysmith Green Science 4M Solar Rover

This toy gives your kids something to build, something to play with and something to learn all in one. It’s for ages 5 and up, and there are five other kits besides the solar rover.

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Best Ainolway Space Water Beads

A Water Pearls Espace Ainolway

There are 10,000 reusable, recyclable and non-toxic water beads included, plus three large squish balls, two medium squish balls, six small squish balls and two astronauts.

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Best ArtCreativity Saturn Rocket Plush Toy

ArtCreativity Saturn Rocket Plush Toy

This soft toy is ideal for young children as it can stimulate the imagination without being harmful if they fall or if they prick themselves or someone else. It measures 18.5 inches tall.

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Best Astro Venture Space Playset

Astro Venture Space Playset

This set includes a rocket and a moon rover, plus two small astronauts that can fit inside both. It has lights and sounds to keep young children occupied, and it includes the necessary batteries.

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Best BooTaa Dartboard

BooTaa Dartboard

This massive 29-inch space-themed dart board is just as much fun for kids as it is for adults. Because it uses plastic sticky balls, 12 of which are included in four colors, there’s no risk of damaging your walls if it fails.

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Best Gifts2U Magnetic Rocket Toy

Gifts2U Magnetic Rocket Toy

This magnetic set includes 33 pieces that kids can use to build four different rockets or one huge one. The parts are eco-friendly and washable. It comes with a storage container.

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Best iPlay, iLearn Solar System Floor Puzzle

Solar System Floor Puzzle iPlay, iLearn

This 48-piece puzzle is made of polished wood for durability and is intended for ages 3-8. It also includes a planetary exploration guide full of fun facts to help kids learn.

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Best Educational STEM Toy Jackinthebox Space

Educational STEM Toy Jackinthebox Space

This toy for ages 7-10 includes six activities: a space exploration board game, a rocket science experiment, an arts and crafts constellation, a solar system wind chime, a kaleidoscope to build and a recipe to make “moon phase cookies”.

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Best Joyin Rocket Ship Play Tent

Joyin Rocket Ship Play Tent

This play tent is the perfect place to let your child’s imagination soar to the stars. It’s even better when you buy other space-themed toys to fill it up. It measures 41.5 inches wide and 54 inches high in the center.

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Best Jsinma Space Shuttle Building Set

Jsinma Space Shuttle Building Set

This 807-piece set is for ages 6-12 and lets you build a space shuttle, lunar lander, and lunar rover. He also comes with four mini figures.

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Best Lego City Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control

Lego City Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control

This set includes 837 pieces and is intended for ages 7 and up. It comes in frustration-free packaging at an additional cost, and the rocket stands over 16 inches tall when built.

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Best Lego City Lunar Research Base

Lego City Lunar Research Base

This set includes 786 pieces, including six astronaut minifigures, and is aimed at ages 7 and up. It is inspired by real NASA equipment and comes with physical and digital instructions.

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Best Lego Creator Three-in-One Space Explorer

Lego Creator 3-in-1 Space Rover Explorer

This set includes 510 pieces that kids can use to make three different space-themed objects: a large rover, a space fighter and a base. It is intended for children 8 years and older.

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Best Lego Duplo Space Shuttle Mission

Lego Duplo space shuttle mission

This set is for ages 2+ and comes with 23 pieces with larger connectors than standard Legos so they won’t get frustrated.

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Best Small Experimenter Projector Telescope

Little Experimenter Projector Telescope

This telescope is the perfect toy to spark interest in space and astronomy. It comes with three discs with eight images each for 24 projections in total, plus each has a passage in an accompanying guide.

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Best Myriad365 Rocket Science Kit for Kids

Myriad365 Rocket Science Kit for Kids

This rocket building kit is for ages 8 and up and includes enough “fuel” to launch it up to five times and up to 50 feet high. The company is based in Austin, Texas.

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Best Remoking Space Adventure Toy Set

Remoking Space Adventure Playset

This 30-piece set is suitable for children as young as 3 years old and is perfect for households with multiple children. There are several rockets, vehicles and astronauts so that every child can play with a similar toy.

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Best Science Can Talking Astronomy Solar System Model Kit

Science Can Talking Astronomy Solar System Model Kit

It’s full of educational avenues that can keep kids as young as 3 engaged. There are three projection slides with a total of 24 images and the recording can be played in English or Spanish.

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Spooktacular Creations Best Astronaut Helmet

Spooktacular Creations Astronaut Helmet

There’s hardly a better way to help your child feel like a real astronaut than to give them the most important part of the uniform. The fully functional visor is the icing on the cake.

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Watinc Best Outer Space Storyboard

Watinc Outer Space History Chart

Your child can build their own solar system with this felt board and 39 planets and hook-and-loop figures. It also includes four hooks so you can hang it, but you can leave it on the floor.

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