The concept of space is a lot for a small mind to comprehend but a toy rocket is a great introduction to both science and the universe as a whole, however small your child is or whatever their gender. They're also a fun way of introducing some new roleplay scenarios for your little astronaut to get involved with.
Send your child's imagination soaring into outer space and check out our rundown of the best toy rockets for all ages available to buy today.
Janod Wooden Magnetic Rocket
Made from FSC certified wood with water based paints, this rocket is great for helping your tot learn to stack and the magnets inside the pieces help them stay in place.
Review: "My two-year-old absolutely loves this rocket! We have since got some other toys of the series and they weren't as great but this rocket really is amazing! He builds it on his own so proudly great for them little skills."
Ben u0026 Holly "Little Kingdom Elf Rocket"
Got a Ben and Holly fan on your hands? They'll love this rocket which has take-off and landing sounds, four fun phrases, a torch light (with flashing u0026 steady modes), rotating magic jelly fuel and carry handle for fun on the go.
Review: "Little 2.5 year old boy absolutely loves it. He plays with it constantly. I was quite worried about some of the reviews that the rocket doesn't stand on its own but it does?! The sounds are great, the light is great, Ben elf is great. The only problem little one has is opening the door as it's quite difficult, easy to open for an adult with finger nail but not little one. Either way he loves it."
PLAYMOBIL Space Mars Mission Rocket
Suitable for children six and above, this realistic play figure set comes with 1 Mars rocket, 3 figures and 109 accessories. It's a great one to do together and has a genuine launch pad, movable maintenance platform and removable space capsule for lots of role-play fun.
Review: "Bought for 5 and a half year old - he absolutely loved it. Took just the right amount of time to put together - long enough to be interesting but not too long or complicated to get frustrated. Lots of bits and accessories to play with. He particularly liked putting people in the rocket. The sounds and lights are very good - quite realistic! A good toy."
Toomies Tomy Fountain Rocket Bath Shower
A brilliant way to help your child get used to getting their hair wet in the bath, dunk the rocket under water to fill it up to watch the starfish bobbing about inside as the level rises. Then as you hold the rocket aloft, the water escapes in a dome shape your little one will adore.
Review: "My grandson (toy bought when he was aged 18 months) has had endless fun with this lovely toy. He has played with it for over a year. The clever design makes it very versatile and there are no parts to come off. Playing with it helped my grandson get over his nervousness of having water splashed on his face. It gave him great scope to use his imagination because he could post various small toys inside it eg mini action heroes, plastic animals and rubber snakes."
Learning Resources Design u0026 Drill Bolt Buddies Rocket
Your younger will learn the basics of simple construction and engineering while building fine motor skills with this Design u0026 Drill designed especially for little hands. Build the rocket with the kid-safe toy drill, then pop the Bolt Buddy astronaut and puppy pal into the cockpit ready for blast off. And that's not all as the eco-friendly packaging unfold to become a fun play set too.
Review: "Good toy for my little one as he loves rockets and space ship good build quality not a cheap plastic."
Hape Four-Stage Wooden Rocket Ship
This impressive four-tier rocket ship is a sturdy wooden toy that your youngster will adore, coming with 20-pieces to build and play with. Although it's big, it's easy to set up, pack up and store away.
Review: "This spaceship is amazing! Hape toys are excellent quality, I'd buy their full range if money was no object. But for £45, this spaceship is an absolute bargain. I’d happily pay double. The attention to detail is fantastic, Hape really have thought of everything."
TOPTOY Rocket Launcher
Here's a rocket toy the whole family will enjoy, simply step on the pressure activated pump to send the rocket soaring into the sky. Suitable for both indoor and outdoors fun, the toy will help your child learn simple physics while having a blast.
Review: "I thought this would be a bit rubbish but they might get an hour of fun from it. I couldn't have been more wrong. My 9 year old has not stopped playing with it! It is safe to use in the house too because the end is squishy."
Classic World Play Rocket
This gorgeous wooden Play Rocket perfectly combines construction and role play in one with 12 different themed rooms including bedrooms, operation rooms, laboratories and more. Using the little wooden accessories and characters, your tot can let their imaginations run wild and close up the rooms ready for lift off by screwing the solid wooden screws into each panel.
Review: "My son has Christmas and a birthday wishing a week of each other so I wanted to get him something special for his birthday that would be set apart from his Christmas presents and this certainly fits the bill. I’m really pleased with the quality and style."
Indigo Jamm Rocket Ricky
Made from sustainable rubberwood, this eco-friendly toy will help your child enjoy some space-fuelled pretend play. With a fun, retro design that will look great on your child's bedroom shelf, the rocket has removable flames and comes with a couple of spacemen.
Review: "We needed a rocket for our two-year old and this was it. We looked at many rockets but this was the only one for us and so excited for her to play with it. Beautifully wrapped in paper inside the box and no plastic to be seen anywhere!"