Best Solar System Educational Toys

7 Solar System Educational Toys your Kids or Students will Love!

We’ve collected 7 of what we think are the best solar system educational toys and reviewed them so you can easily choose from the winners to keep your children happy while learning about the solar system.

Here they are: 7 educational toys that will get your kids or students learning about the solar system while having a blast!

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Are you looking for just the very best solar system educational toy?  Our #1 recommendation goes to the Space Themed Science 6 Activities-in-1 Kit.  With 6 different activities/games in one toy, it will keep your kids or students learning about the solar system (and having fun!) for a long time.

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What are the best solar system educational toys?

Here are the best educational toys that teach kids about the solar system:

  1. Space Themed Science 6 Activities-in-1 Kit
  2. Xtronaut: The Game of Solar System Exploration
  3. Qurious Space STEM Flash Card Game
  4. 4M 3D Glow-in-the-Dark Solar System Mobile Making Kit
  5. Discovery Kids Planetarium Projector for Children
  6. Educational Insights GeoSafari Motorized Solar System
  7. National Geographic Wooden Model Kit – DIY Solar-Powered Car

1) Space Themed Science 6 Activities-in-1 Kit

Space Themed Science 6 Activities-in-1 Kit. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.

This Space Explorer kit has 6 different activities: a make-your-own starry kaleidoscope; a do-it-yourself solar system mobile; a ‘lace the constellation’ activity to make a constellation streamer; a rocket science experiment for children to make and fuel their own rocket and watch it take off; a Space Explorer board game to travel with friends through the Milky Way; and a Phases of the Moon game using Oreo cookies (cookies not included) to lick off the cream and learn about the different phases that the moon goes through each month.

This kit will help children learn about the solar system while using arts and crafts and science, as well as play. Everything in the kit is safe, non-toxic and mess-free.

Users like this kit for teaching astronomy, and they like the simple instructions and colorful materials. They also like that once children can read, they can do all of the activities on their own.

More Details – Space Themed Science 6 Activities-in-1 Kit:
  • Product dimensions: 13.5 x 11.5 x 2.5 inches
  • Weight: 10 ounces
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 6 years and up.


2) Xtronaut: The Game of Solar System Exploration

Xtronaut: The Game of Solar System Exploration. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.

This game enables children to learn about science, engineering and technology through exploring rockets, space missions, and the challenges of space exploration. The game won the Good Housekeeping Award and was designed by the professor who led the NASA OSIRIS-Rex space mission to an asteroid.

Each player has their own board which represents an individual launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base or Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Players track their accumulated Delta-V and total points and collect the correct combination of rocket components, gravity assists and spacecraft in order to complete their mission.

Children will learn about how to plan and undertake a real space mission, how to build authentic rocket systems, and how to explore the solar system. There are 29 different solar system space missions.

The game is easy to learn and is great for 2-4 players aged 7+. A workbook about space missions is included.

Users love playing the game with their children – some staying up till 3 am to do so(!)

More Details – Xtronaut: The Game of Solar System Exploration:
  • Product dimensions: 11.5 x 10 x 1.6 inches
  • Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 7 years and up


3) Qurious Space STEM Flash Card Game

Qurious Space STEM Flash Card Game. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.

This double-sided card game teaches children about the history of human exploration of space. The kit includes 72 quiz cards, 72 match/explore cards, and 18 spin cards, all of which are double-sided and laminated. There are also 4 space stickers for each game.

The game can be played as a family and for all skill levels. As many as 18 players can play together, so the cards are perfect for parties and the classroom.

Players are helped to problem solve while learning space, science and NASA facts.

There is a Space speed matching game, a Challenge memory game, an Explorer matching pairs game, and a Photo trivia game. Basic and advanced versions are possible, depending on the rules you choose. All with the same deck of cards.

This lightweight game comes in a beautifully decorated space-style tin and is perfect to bring to school, camping, on car journeys, or on vacation.

Users love that the game is portable, fun, and suitable for all ages to play together, in all different kinds of settings. They also love that there are lots of variations of games to play with the same cards.

More Details – Qurious Space STEM Flash Card Game:
  • Product dimensions: 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Weight: 8 ounces
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 4 years and up


4) 4M 3D Glow-in-the-Dark Solar System Mobile Making Kit

4M 3D Glow-in-the-Dark Solar System Mobile Making Kit. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.

With this kit, children can create a glow in the dark mobile of the solar system that stretches 29.5 inches across. The kit includes a full set of snap-together planets (with ring plates for the sun and for Saturn), a hanging frame with string, two strips of paint in various colors, two glow paints, and a paint brush.

Mobile painting and assembly instructions are included, as well as a poster with fun facts about the solar system. The mobile can be hung up or used as a static display.

Children learn about the solar system while engaging in arts and crafts.

The glow paint is used to highlight the painted planets so that when exposed to the light for a minute, they will then glow in the dark.

Users love that this kit is fun and easy for children to put together, with some adult support for younger children. Some users hung theirs before painting so that they could paint as the planets spun.

Some users painted the hanging rack to match the color of the ceiling so that the planets appear to be hanging in the air.

More Details – 4M 3D Glow-in-the-Dark Solar System Mobile Making Kit:
  • Product dimensions: 2.5 x 14.75 x 11.5 inches
  • Item weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 – 15 years


5) Discovery Kids Planetarium Projector for Children

Discovery Kids Planetarium Projector for Children. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.

This projector enables children to have their own planetarium for viewing stars, galaxies, planets and spaceships. Children learn about science, NASA, and more.

The projector is double-sided and has two modes: stationary and moving. The moving mode features two translucent layered domes that slowly rotate to project moving stars onto any surface (best used in a dark room). The star rotation is 360 degrees.

There are 4 discs of 8 slides each, for 32 slides in total, 24 of which are photos. In stationary mode, you can insert a slide and project the image onto a wall. Rotate the reel manually to show the next slide.

The projector is designed to look like a real-life space station, and has an adjustable stand that is fully articulated so that you can adjust the angle of the projector. It comes with a double-sided color poster with information about the planets.

The projector is battery-operated, so no need to worry about cords or electrical sockets. There is a built-in focal ring for improved clarity in any size room.

Users love that the orange stand rotates 360 degrees so children can’t break it, and that one side of the projector has the stars that rotate while the other side has the slides with the pictures. They also like that it can be used all over the house and is child-friendly.

More Details – Discovery Kids Planetarium Projector for Children:
  • Product dimensions: 11.13 x 5 x 9.55 inches
  • Batteries: Requires 3 AA 1.5V batteries (not included)
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 4 years and up


6) Educational Insights GeoSafari Motorized Solar System

Educational Insights GeoSafari Motorized Solar System. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.

This motorized model of the solar system includes the sun, 8 planets, and the earth’s moon, enabling children to learn about the solar system while enjoying the movements of the planets.

The inner and outer planets move at different speeds to replicate in a more realistic way the planets’ movement around the sun. They are proportionally scaled to demonstrate the relative size of the planets.

The sun dome has a bright LED light with an auto shut-off night-light feature, and can be swapped with the star dome to turn the ceiling into a planetarium (lithium ion batteries are recommended for this product).

The model comes with a 28-page, full-color guide that explains the mythical origins of each constellation as well as fun facts about each of the planets.

Users love that this toy is easy for children to put together and that you can also turn the planets manually if you wish. Children enjoy the constellation dome cover to project the constellations onto their ceiling and to try to figure out which constellation is which.

They also love that the toy is educational as well as entertaining.

More Details – Educational Insights GeoSafari Motorized Solar System:
  • Product dimensions: 13.5 x 10 x 6.5 inches
  • Weight: 2.64 pounds
  • Batteries: Requires AA batteries (not included, and lithium batteries are recommended)
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 – 12 years


7) National Geographic Wooden Model Kit

National Geographic Wooden Model Kit Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.

This kit is both an archaeology toy and an affordable robot kit! It contains everything older children need to build a solar-powered Mars Rover. The kit includes laser-cut wooden components, full-color and illustrated instructions, the solar panel, sandpaper, and a learning guide with facts about the Moon and outer space. There are just over 300 pieces in total.

No need for tools for assembly. The wooden pieces fit together as a 3D puzzle. Children learn about science, engineering, model-building, solar energy, Mars, and space exploration. The kit also encourages critical thinking during construction, and imaginative play once it’s set up.

When in direct sunlight, the assembled Mars Rover will move by itself.

Users love the sturdiness of the wooden pieces and that they fit together well. They also appreciate the good instructions and the overall quality of the kit.

More Details – National Geographic Wooden Model Kit – DIY Solar-Powered Car:
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 x 2.17 x 10 inches
  • Mars Rover dimensions: 6 x 5 x 3.5 inches (when assembled)
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up


The Best Solar System Educational Toys Reviewed – Thanks For Reading!

Be sure to check out our other great educational toy and STEM guides, such as our review of the top telescopes for teens, or our picks for the best chemistry sets for children.


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