Space Toys for Kids & Toddlers
A Short History of Space Travel
How do we even begin to explain the wonders of space? Did you know the first living earthling to orbit the Earth was a two-year-old Russian dog called Laika? She was on the first-ever spaceflight in 1957 which paved the way for space exploration, as scientists didn't know if it was possible for living things to do so.
In 1969, the United States flew two astronauts to the moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who were the first-ever humans to do so. Five more manned missions then followed. NASA developed a reusable spacecraft to carry astronauts and satellites to orbit. The space shuttle leaves orbit at 16,465 miles per hour (26,498 km/hr) and comes to a halt on a runway without the need for an engine.
Even though NASA's shuttle program ended, a lot of private companies are ready to reach for the stars with their own space programs, such as Planetary Resources and SpaceX. SpaceX recently launched the first flight with a civilian only crew!
What Was The First Toy in Space?
Stargazer Lottie Doll floating in space
Astronauts aren't the only things that go into space. Toys have made it to outer space too. In 1985, the Discovery space shuttle took a Slinky, paddle ball, Yo-Yo and a toy car into space to conduct fun experiments. The first doll in space was Stargazer Lottie Doll.
What To Get a Child Who Loves Space?
Wondering what to get a space-mad child? A rocket toy is a great shout! Read our list of top space toys for toddlers and kids below to find the perfect rocket for a loved one.
Toys for Space Lovers
Space Toys for Toddlers
A super fun bath toy that can reach infinity and beyond, Tiger Tribe's Bath Rocket is the perfect first introduction to sensory play. Suitable for tots aged 18 months and above, immerse the rocket in the bathwater and watch as the water levels rise. When it's ready to launch, water gushes out and the rotating jets create a dome shape.
Wooden Space Puzzle
Piece together the rockets, planets and stars with this out of this world 16-piece Space puzzle. The image is printed on the baseplate, so that children are helped to make the puzzle. Suitable for 2 years +.
Space Toys for Kids
Sticker Poster - Astronomy
Complete this beautifully illustrated Poppik giant poster with 44 removable stickers all related to astronomy; from planets and rockets to famous astronauts, it really is every space fans perfect gift!
Follow the numbered code to find out where to stick each sticker.
This is lovely, calm and absorbing activity for kids. Once the poster is complete, it makes a super addition to a bedroom wall!
Colouring Set - Dinos in Space
Kids can launch into the galaxy and go on a prehistoric adventure through the stars, planets and asteroids in this quirky colouring set – Dinos in Space.
With sticker sheets to elevate every artwork, the high-contrast black backgrounds make colouring really pop.
Suitable for 5 Years+