The best space toys for toddlers

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by Emily Thorpe |

Houston, we have a problem. Stuck on what to buy a space-obsessed kid? We hear you loud and clear.

Let them be curious and learn about the world and beyond, with some of the best space toys for children. From imaginative play tents to telescopes, there’s so much to explore through toys and games.

Imaginative play is great for kids of all ages and keeps little ones entertained for hours, from alien invasions to space shuttle missions, there are endless possibilities that stretch further than the galaxies. We’ve got play tents perfect for gearing up for your next rescue mission and projectors that will bring your stories to life.

Struggling to keep the little ones entertained while you wait for your space-themed toys to arrive? We’ve got some great ideas and games you can do at home to pass the time.

6 space-themed activities you can do at home

• Build a model solar system – use your recycling waste and get creative!

• Make some galaxy-themed glittery slime, check out our article on how to make slime at home.

• Build a bottle rocket and launch it into space.

• Get creative with fairy lights and map out some constellations in a dark room.

• Join the NASA Kids’ Club.

Send your name to Mars with NASA and get your boarding pass ready for the next flight.

The best space toys for toddlers

LEGO 10944 DUPLO Space Shuttle Toy

LEGO 10944 DUPLO Space Shuttle Toy
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This educational space rocket toy for toddlers by Lego is perfect for kids that love to construct and build. Great for developing fine motor skills, cognitive thinking and spatial reasoning.

Suitable for: 2+

Review: "Kids love it. Many hours of fun and involves the use of loads of imagination."

My Discovery Telescope

My Discovery Telescope

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Scientific fun doesn’t get any better than a telescope! This child's first telescope has a 12x optical magnification and a soft-shell ocular lens cover (eyepiece) for greater comfort. Young researchers can view the stars at night, watch wildlife, or become seagoing pirates.

Suitable for: 6+

Shmily Foldable Space Play Tent

Shmily Foldable Space Play Tent
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This space-themed playhouse is a dreamy escape for toddlers. Play pretend, read books, nap or even indulge in a good game of hide and seek, this is the perfect private small place, kids can call their own.

Suitable for: 2+

Review: "My son loves this rocket house. It’s really easy to put up and take down and it’s really big. He loves the shape and that he can put lots of things in it with him."

Rocket Jitter Toy

Rocket Jitter Toy

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Out-of-this-world, this Rocket Jitter will keep little ones entertained when you’re on the move. The soft toy features 3D rocket details and a small wooden ring – perfect for babies who are teething. It also has a Velcro fastening at the top, so it can be attached to buggies, prams, cots and more.

Suitable for: all ages

PLAYMOBIL Space 9489 Mars Research Vehicle

PLAYMOBIL Space 9489 Mars Research Vehicle
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Unbeatable fun for little astronauts! The PLAYMOBIL Space Mars Research Vehicle comes with numerous accessories, a cool light and sound effects. Suitable for: 6+

Review: "Just got it today & am very impressed as a toy collector. The quality of the plastic is good. Have glued the yellow hub caps on. Reminds me of the old Major Matt Mason toy of the '60s, love it!"

Space Lab Science Kit for Kids

Space Lab Science Kit for Kids

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A young science kit to encourage early STEM learning and scientific thinking while having fun. Make glow-in-the-dark constellation models, build a telescope and launch your very own rocket. Experiment with shadows, mix up galaxy slime and let your children create a solar system in their room.

Suitable for: 6+

Review: "Really good value toy/learning kit. I am a scientist so this is definitely the kind of toy I would have loved as a kid. I also wanted a chemistry set and a Meccano set but I never got them either! I am so happy to go through this kit with my 7 and 9-year-old nephews."

Melissa and Doug Astronaut Children's Costume

Melissa and Doug Astronaut Childrenu0026#039;s Costume

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Houston, we have a costume. Kids will be over the moon when they get to step into the jumpsuit, slip on the stretchy silver gloves, and top it all off with the shiny helmet!

Suitable for: 3-6Y

Review: "My grandson loves this suit, especially the helmet and that his name can be written on the front."

Orchard Toys Outer Space Sticker Colouring Book

Orchard Toys Outer Space Sticker Colouring Book
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Explore out of space with this sticker colouring book, with activities and a space fact file, this educational colouring book is great for home learning and play.

Suitable for: 3+

Review: "My 4-year-old loved this activity book, completed most of it whilst waiting for our tea in the pub. Good mix of puzzles to keep them entertained and also a good variety of difficulty of puzzles, some easy ones mixed in which was great to keep my sons attention. Lots of stickers included too which children generally love!"

Rocket Book Cart

Rocket Book Cart

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This super cool rocket cart will have children racing around at supersonic speed to tidy away their toys at the end of the day (fingers crossed). It's also a fantastic way for little ones to move their favourite books from room to room when they're looking for the best spot to snuggle up and read.

Suitable for: 3+

Multi Activity Rocket

Multi Activity Rocket

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A beautiful activity toy for little ones; it will help them develop colour recognition and hand/eye co-ordination. It's full of colourful beads, levers and gears to push and pull, as well as a tinkly bell, a safety mirror and a clock with moving hands.

Suitable for: 18mths+

Brainstorm Toys E2008 Space Torch u0026 Projector

Brainstorm Toys E2008 Space Torch u0026amp; Projector
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This fun Space Torch projects 24 fascinating coloured space images onto walls and ceilings in dark rooms – a great way for children to immerse themselves in outer space!

Suitable for: 3+

Review: "It is very impressive torch! At the beginning, I thought it was a very blurry image but the front of the torch can be rotated to focus the image. My kids are happy! And I'm happy."

LEGO 60226 City Mars Research Shuttle

LEGO 60226 City Mars Research Shuttle

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Another great offering from LEGO, this building set features a space research shuttle with an opening cockpit, 2 large opening doors and space inside for a storage drone. This set makes a great gift for any curious child.

Suitable for: 5+

Review: "Fantastic Lego set that always delivers great fun. My grandson loves anything to do with the solar system so this was a no brainier, he loves it."

Crochet Educational Planet Space Toy Set

Crochet Educational Planet Space Toy Set

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This planet set will inspire children to learn about the solar system and each planet in it. Use them to talk about size differences, special features on each planet, and colour differences. There are so many fun ways these can assist with learning about the solar system and the planets.This set comes with 10 pieces, but all are available to buy individually.

Suitable for: all ages

Review: "Adorable!! My 3-year-old son loves to play with planets and there aren’t too many options out there for actual planet TOYS. Lots of decor, but when your kid wants to take a nap with a planet, the options are few! This little guy will be the perfect cuddle buddy."

Space Themed Craft Kit

Space Themed Craft Kit

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A fun 'decorate your own' Space themed craft packs for children to paint and display their very own masterpiece on their bedroom wall.

Suitable for: 3+

Funtime Retro Space Hopper

Funtime Retro Space Hopper
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Bounce yourself out of this world, with this retro Space Hopper. Equally as fun for adults as it is children, this toy is a crowd-pleaser all round.

Suitable for: 5+

Review: "Bought as a Christmas present for my 5-year-old nephew! His parents loved the retro design. He loved bouncing around on his space hopper!"

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