Need to find a gift for a kid who loves to build, explore or read great stories? From telescopes to building kits to illustrated books, we've has you covered. Here are our spaced-out shopping suggestions and stellar gift ideas.
littleBits Space Rover Inventor Kit
This littleBits robot kit includes the electronic building blocks to build their own space rovers. Customers on Amazon don't just include parents; elementary teachers also use these kits in their classrooms to teach STEM in an engaging way.
Why We Love It: This toy allows kids to customize their space robot with various features like a robotic arm and a sample-collecting scoop. And in addition to building and customizing the rover, kids can drive the robot using an app.
Playmobil Mars Space Station
Playmobil has created this Mars base set for ages 6 to 10. It features an illuminated base and two docking stations, and the set includes two astronauts, one robot, computer, tools, food supplies, space crystals, telescope, video recorder, and other accessories. Keep in mind that like many such toys, some parts could be choking hazards for kids younger than 3 years of age.
Why We Love It: Customers on Amazon say their children love the variety of missions their imaginations can take them on with this kit. The set is also very detailed, such as including sleeping compartments for the astronauts.
Levenhuk Telescope, Binoculars & Microscope Set
This affordable science introductory kit comes with a microscope, telescope and binoculars. It also includes 20 accessories and is ideal for kids aged 3 to 7.
Why We Love It: These are kid-sized versions of the instruments, made for little hands and faces.
Celestron Cometron 7x50 Binocular
This binocular is great for general and astronomical use. The light-gathering ability of the Celestron Cometron binoculars allows users to enjoy plenty of backyard astronomy, whether it's moon gazing or star spotting.
Why We Love It: Kids will have an easy time keeping a hold of these lightweight binoculars. And included in the gift is a carrying case, objective covers, eyepiece covers, lens cloth, and instruction manual. This binocular is also designed to be water resistant for use in damp conditions.
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
This illustrated book by Brian Floca first came out in 2009, for Apollo 11's 40th anniversary. The new 2019 edition expands on the details of the mission and includes parts about the diverse team members who helped from the ground so that Apollo 11 could reach the moon.
Why We Love It: Many customers have commented that they like the writing very much. The words read like poetry, according to one Amazon customer, making reading aloud to children very enjoyable.