In 2019, I became a very happy father for the first time (yay!)
What I cannot wait to do is share my passion for all things astronomy. In reality, that means I get to use my kid as an excuse to buy a load of cool space toys!
If you are looking for space toys for kids then I hope that you find something good from the 17 ideas below.
Space gifts for children
1. LEGO City Space Mars Research Shuttle
LEGO sell some of the best kids’ space toys that you can purchase.
I’ve picked out this Mars research shuttle as I think it’s cool and good value for money, but there are loads of great rocket and space products from LEGO available (see here for some more options).
This set is suitable for children of 5 years and above (the small parts make it a choking hazard for children younger than that).
2. Constructive Playthings rocket ship
This is a great space toy for 3-year-olds and above.
It’s a nice big rocket ship made of plastic that comes with five figures, including astronauts and aliens.
3. Wooden Rocket Construction Toy Set
This is a set of 18 wooden pieces that can be made into 3 rocket ships.
It’s a great space toy for a younger kid (3+ years) as it is both an educational puzzle and a rocket toy.
The wooden construction is also slightly classier looking than some bright plastic toys and it boasts that it is sustainable as it made from renewable rubber tree wood.
4. Glow-in-the-dark stars for kids bedrooms
This is something that I’ve done in my kid’s room.
It’s a cheap and easy way to add a nice touch and you can turn the lights off and look at the glowing stars on the ceiling or wall together.
5. Solar system mobile
Great science gifts for kids. This is another nice thing that a space-loving parent can buy as a nice way to indoctrinate your child into an interest in astronomy.
The toy planets of the Solar System rotate in order and hang above your child’s cot.
There are cheaper options to be found but this is a high-quality model that will last.
6. A kid’s telescope
If you are after a child’s first telescope, then check out the Celestron Cometron FirstScope telescope.
It is a tabletop telescope, and so is relatively small and portable, as well as being easy to use.
You’ll be able to see the moon clearly, as well as planets like Saturn with a bit of work.
It can also be bought with accessories like a smartphone adapter so that you can take pictures of what you see through the telescope with your phone, which is great for memories (and you could even print the images of what you see and put them up on your child’s walls).
If you’d like some more information about how to select a telescope for a child, see our article on the best telescopes for kids.
7. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space
A great educational book for young kids to start getting them in space – and for adults to read with them.
This book from National Geographic is fantastic – full of great pictures and just enough text for a young reader looking to learn.
8. Space backpack
Send your space-loving child off to school with this cool backpack.
It features images of astronauts and is fun but also practical for carrying all the necessary items.
9. Space posters for bedroom or nursery
If you are looking for something inspirational to decorate your kid’s room with then this set of nine cool posters might fit the bill.
They are playful pictures of 8 x 10 inches and can be framed or just put up as posters.
10. Solar System playmat
This hardy and fun mat for your child to play on features the planets of the solar system. Perfect for a playroom.
Like virtually all of the ideas on this page, it is gender-neutral.
The size is 3 feet 3 inches by 4 feet 7 inches.
11. Star projector nightlight
This is something that I love and is a great sensory experience for babies and kids.
It projects a starry sky scene onto the walls and ceiling of your bedroom or nursery. It’s great fun to do with your kid in their room and you can feel their sense of awe at looking around at the display.
It’s a kind of nightlight combined with a home planetarium, but can also be used as a regular nightlight without the starry lights.
12. Moon nightlight
An alternative nightlight is this ‘Moon In My Room’ light that you attach to your wall.
It can be lit according to the different phases of the moon (full moon, crescent etc.) and so is educational too.
13. Astronaut play tent
A great outdoor space toy for toddlers and above. It’s a 3-piece playhouse decorated with images of astronauts, the planets and a rocket ship.
Recommended for 6-months and above, it’s just under ten feet long.
14. Solar System floor puzzle
This is a giant jigsaw puzzle with 48 pieces featuring the planets of the solar system.
Aimed at children 3 to 6 years old. It’s 36 by 24 inches in size.
15. Giant inflatable Solar System
Another educational solar system toy that would make a great gift.
This one has a kit of 8 different inflatable planets and can be used for games in the house, backyard or classroom.
16. Astronomy binoculars
Astronomy binoculars make a great alternative to a telescope. They are a bit easier to just grab and go, and use in the backyard or take on trips.
This pair from Celestron is perfect for beginners. They are light and the price is relatively cheap.
They are perfect for going out and trying to view a meteor shower, to look at a full moon, or search for other sights. For other binoculars, see our article on the best astronomy binoculars.
17. Space Team game
Space team is a cool card game where you have work out how to repair your spaceship.
It’s adapted from a popular mobile app game and created independently with Kickstarter fundraising.
It’s a chaotic and shouty and so good a good game for family and friends.
Suitable for children ages 10 and above.
Over to you
I hope you have found something that works for you on this list to help your search.
Please share in the comment section below if you have any other good recommendations as I’ll be looking out for good ideas for myself and others.