Best space toys and gifts for kids, Christmas 2020

Searching for a Christmas present for a young astro enthusiast? Our guide to the best space toys and gifts for kids may have exactly what you're looking for.

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Lego Apollo 11 moon lander

So many kids love space and astronomy, and it’s not difficult to fathom why. The Universe is an incredible place filled with awe-inspiring phenomena in the shape of galaxies, black holes, asteroids and strange planets orbiting distant stars.

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Children are great at absorbing knowledge about space: facts about the Solar System, the history of spaceflight and the Apollo missions, the vastness of the cosmos.

This makes space-themed toys and astronomy gifts a great source of Christmas presents for inspiring young minds and – who knows – encouraging the next generation of astronomers, astrophysicists and astronauts.

If you’re on the hunt for space gifts and toys for children and young astronomers for Christmas 2020, take inspiration from our kids’ gift guide below.

And if you’re specifically looking for a telescope for a young astronomer, read our guide to the best telescopes for kids.

Looking for a gift for older space fans? Read our guide to the best space gifts.

21 of the best space toys and gifts for kids

1

Mars glass marble

Mars Marble

Price £4.99

Keep the Red Planet in your pocket with this mini Mars marble. The tiny globe measures 1 an inch across and depicts the Martian mountains and icecaps.

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Moon Trumps

Moon Trumps

Price £7

Which of our Solar System’s moons is the biggest? Takes the longest time to orbit? Has the highest potential for life? Find out by using these cards to pit 36 moons against each other in a game of top trumps.

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Animals in the Sky

Animals In The Sky book

Price £8.95

Help the little astronomer in your life learn the constellations. Each page of this book shows a star pattern alongside a clue of what it might depict, then unfolds to show which animal the stars are said to make.

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4

Space Swirl Colour Pencils

Space Swirl pencils

Price £9.10

Kids will love these two-tone colouring pencils emblazoned with beautiful NASA images of space. Use them to sketch your favourite galaxies or exoplanets, or recreate the etheral beauty of deep-sky nebulae.

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BrainBox Space Game

BrainBox Space Game

Price £12

Put your knowledge of all things cosmic to the test with this card-based game. Study a fact card for 10 seconds then answer a question based on the roll of the die. Topics include the Apollo missions, celestial objects and constellations.

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Kidz Labs Solar System Planetarium

Kidz Labs Solar System Planetarium

Price £12.99

This build-your-own model of the Solar System is great for kids who are fascinated by the planets and who are also up for a bit of crafty DIY. The model is 30cm wide and is glow-in-the-dark, so if your child loves gazing at those glowing star stickers on their wall at night, this may the perfect gift.

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7

NASA jigsaws

NASA 1000 piece jigsaw

Price £14.99

These officially licensed 1,000-piece NASA jigsaws are for kids who love jugsaws but also like a challenge. They come in three different designs, each depicting a nebula images using the Hubble Space Telescope.

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8

Star globe

Star Globe

Price £17.95

This nifty star globe enables young astronomers to see the stars and constellations every night, regardless of the weather. Once the lights have been switched off, the black and white design glows in the dark.

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9

Ravensburger Map of the Universe jigsaw

Ravensburger Map of the Universe jigsaw

Price £17.99

This jigsaw depicting a map of the observable Universe is aimed at kids aged 12 and over, and it’s not difficult to see why. A 1,500-piece puzzle, it depicts the intricacies of the cosmos and the end result is something surely worth framing for a bedroom wall. Who knows, it could end up inspiring the next Stephen Hawking…

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10

Laika cuddly toy dog

Laika Toy dog

Price £18

Street dog Laika (‘little barker’ in Russian) helped pave the way for human spaceflight when she flew onboard Sputnik-2 in 1957. Indeed, she was one of many animals in space who paved the way for human spaceflight. Though Laika didn’t make it back to Earth, you can continue her legacy by giving this toy to the next generation of spacefarers.

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Storklings Spaceman Soft Toy

Storklings Spaceman Soft Toy

Price £18

This 32cm-tall cuddly spaceman is perfect for young, budding astronauts and is made from soft fabric, making it an ideal bedtime companion for small children.

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12

JackInTheBox Space Explorer DIY Box

JackInTheBox Space Explorer DIY Box

This craft box aimed at kids aged 5 and above includes 6 different craft activities including a rocket experiment, creating Solar System wind chime, a cosmic kaleidoscope and learning the phases of the Moon.

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Build your own telescope kit

Build your own Telescope

Price £19.99

This cardboard telescope kit is a great project for kids to get involved in and features all the lenses, mirrors and parts needed to build your own telescope for observing the night sky. Plus, its build-your-own design is a great way of teaching young astronomers how telescopes work.

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Space Racers: Make Your Own Paper Rockets

Space Racers: Make Your Own Paper Rockets

Price £22.50

So you’ve made your own cardboard telescope, now how about making your own paper rockets? This paper rocket kit is ideal for the young or young at heart and includes such iconic rocket designs as the Vostok K, the Space Shuttle and even a 60cm-tall Saturn V.

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15

Deep Space Home Planetarium & Projector

Deep Space Home Planetarium & Projector

Price £29.99

Turn off the lights, draw the curtains and turn your bedroom into a planetarium. This planetary projector has two domes and projects 24 different colour NASA images. It includes rotating star patterns and had its own stand.

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16

Playmobil Mars Research Vehicle

Playmobil Mars Research Vehicle

Price £36.99

If you know a young, budding rover operator or planetary scientist, this toy Mars research vehicle may be just the thing. It comes with a grippler, drill bit and functioning lights and sounds.

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17

Exqline Kids Space Play Tent

Exqline Kids Space Play Tent

Price £50

This kids play tent features illustrations of the planets and spacecraft and is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, making it a great play den for a bedroom or living room, or a fun way of camping in the back garden under the stars.

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18

LEGO International Space Station

LEGO International Space Station

Price £64.99

Build your own International Space Station with this 864-piece LEGO set. The set has posable solar panels and comes with a mini Space shuttle, three cargo spacecraft and two astronaut microfigures.

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LEGO Apollo 11 Moon lander

Lego Apollo 11 moon lander

Price £84.99

Recreate Armstrong and Aldrin’s legendary moonwalk using LEGO’s new Apollo 11 lunar lander set. The 1,087-piece set features a detailed replica of the Eagle lander on the Moon’s surface, complete with mini-footprints and US flag.

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20

Homestar Original Planetarium

Homestar Original Planetarium

Price £98

Bring the Milky Way to your home with this planetarium projector. Swap the image disc to change the view or enjoy your own personal meteor shower with the shooting star function.

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21

Saturn V Lego Set

Saturn V Lego

Price £109.99

Construct your own Saturn V rocket, complete with lunar lander and command capsule. The kit uses an apt 1,969 pieces and the finished rocket stands over 1m tall.

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