When my hubby crushes on the coach in front of the TV space shows are among his favorites.I would say it’s a gender interest as guys seem to be more passionate about space. We have a neighbor who takes photos of stars and wakes up in the middle of the night (winter time in Minnesota!) to pursue his hobby and a friend who made his own telescope. I figure my boys may start showing an interest as well some day.
We have already visited a Space exhibition at the Science Museum in Minneapolis, MN and have been reading a bunch of books on the subject. I find it challenging to explain space concepts to my kiddos, as they are too little to understand, but I try to relate to things they are familiar with, like astronauts “fly” like Peter Pan.
This list of educational space gifts for kids has everything from rockets to puzzles and I’m sure it’s not only the kids who will enjoy them, but also their dads 🙂
Astronaut Suit. Price: $29.95
This astronaut suit will have your child ready to take flight. Your little space traveler will love dressing up in this top quality astronaut costume. Its official look and feel make it seem like the real thing! This astronaut suit features official NASA patches, including special commander patch and official embroidered NASA cap.
Water Rocket Kit by 4M. Price: $15.40
The 4M Water Rocket Kit is perfect for the budding mechanic or the science enthusiast. Everything is included that your children need to construct their very own water rocket while learning about the technology. Construct and then see how the rocket flies as you pump gas into it. Blasts over 30 feet!
1469 Tandem-X Launch Set by Estes. Price: $29.18
An ideal introduction to rocket building, this set contains two rocket kits. It also comes with a launch pad for easy launching, plus two plastic parachutes that ensure a gentle descent to the ground. Whether your child ia a new rocketeer or a seasoned veteran of the skies, the Tandem-X is sure to deliver plenty of high-altitude thrills.
Levitron Globe Ion by Fascinations. Price: $65.45
The Levitron Ion is an awe inspiring masterpiece. It consists of a 4″ Earth globe using NASA imagery levitating and rotating serenely above a stylish high tech domed mirrored base.
Moon In My Room by Uncle Milton. Price: $20.24
Your child will enjoy the shining beauty of the moon right at home with Uncle Milton’s Moon in My Room. This realistic moon model hangs on the wall and lights up to show the different phases of the moon. Recommended for children ages six and older, Moon in My Room lets you experience the awe-inspiring sight of our moon at any time.
Solar System Puzzle by Melissa & Doug. Price: $11.04
Your kid will need lots of “space” to assemble this beautifully illustrated 48-piece puzzle of our solar system. The large pieces have an easy-clean surface to keep them looking like new at all times.
3D solar system kit by 4M. Price: $17.02
Kids will learn about the nine planets as they build their very own hanging mobile of the Solar System! Snap together planets and then color them with the included paints — including two that glow-in-the-dark! An educational poster provides facts about each of the nine worlds.
Giant Mars Volcano by Thames & Kosmos. Price: $19.99
Erupt a model of the largest volcano in our solar system, Olympus Mons on Mars. It is three times taller than Mt. Everest. Using a special plaster mixture and iron oxide powder, the mega-volcano hardens after each eruption and slowly grows like a real volcano.