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The Best Solar System Toys of 2020


Children are often fascinated by space, astronauts, our planet, and the solar system. We live in an incredible time where we have access to so many facts and knowledge about our solar system. No matter where on the earth you live, gazing up into the night sky can be calming. 

If you have noticed that your child loves the stars or is asking you a lot of questions about our planet and solar system, then you’ve come to the right place to find great resources for your child. 

Best Solar System ToyWhy It's BestMom Rating
Melissa & Doug Solar System Floor PuzzleDevelops fine motor skills♥♥♥♥♥
MerchSource Discovery Kids Planetarium Projector for Children Variety of slides that make your child feel like they are in space♥♥♥♥♥
DECOWALL The Solar System Wall Stickers Hands on learning as you place each planet on the wall♥♥♥♥
Floracraft FloraCraft Solar System Kit Build your own Solar system♥♥♥♥
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of SpaceBeautiful pictures and easy to read text♥♥♥♥♥

Best Solar System Toys

Melissa and Doug Solar System Floor Puzzle

Image of the Melissa & Doug Solar System Floor Puzzle (Floor Puzzles, Easy-Clean Surface, 48 Pieces, 36 L x 24 W, Great Gift for Girls and Boys - Best for 3, 4, 5, and 6 Year Olds)

The Melissa & Doug Solar System Floor Puzzle comes in 48 pieces and is made from extra-thick cardboard that makes it easy for kids to put together. Puzzles promote hand-eye coordination and this puzzle will teach your child the different planets in our solar system, while also helping your child to learn problem-solving skills. 

This puzzle was designed with kids ages 3-6 years old in mind, but I think that kids a little younger and older will also enjoy this puzzle. It is made from an easy to clean surface so it will be easy for you to wipe it if there is an accidental spill.

Petit Collage Magnetic Play Scene, Outer Space

Petit Collage Magnetic Play Scene, Outer Space, Ages 4+ Years

The Petit Collage Magnetic Play Scene, Outer Space is a perfect way to explore outer space on a rainy day or even on a road trip. It’s a magnetic set with built in storage and kids can chang the scene as often as they like with 54 magnetic pictures. 

Children ages 3 and up can enjoy the sturdy construction and long-lasting fun. It comes with two scenes with an easel style box with elastic closures. All this from a fabulous brand made with quality in mind. 

4M Solar System Planetarium

Image of the 4M Solar System Planetarium - DIY Glow In The Dark Astronomy Planet Model Stem Toys Gift for Kids & Teens, Girls & Boys
This 4M Solar System Planetarium is a great hands-on toy for your child to build, paint and interact with our solar system. Everything your child will need to build the solar system is included in this set. Plus, it comes with a wall chart with solar systems facts and kids quiz questions.

This hands-on toy will not only teach your child problem-solving skills as they work to build the solar system, but it will also build their creativity and be a fun way for them to learn. This toy is recommended for a child 8 years and up. 

Great Explorations 3-D Solar System

Image of the Great Explorations 3-D Solar System Glow In The Dark Ceiling Hanging Kit 3D Planets and Star Stickers Create the Milky Way Teach Science STEM

The Great Explorations 3-D Solar System will immerse your child into our solar system as they visualize it in a new way. With this kit, your child can hang the entire milky way galaxy in their room. The kit comes with a planetary guide that has lots of facts about our solar system. 

Wooden Peg Puzzle, Planets Theme

Image of Gleeporte Wooden Peg Puzzle, Planets Theme - Learning Educational Pegged Puzzle for Toddler & Kids (12 pcs)

The Gleeporte Wooden Peg Planet Puzzle is the perfect puzzle for younger children who love space and our solar system. This puzzle shows our solar system in its correct order and it includes the name of each planet. Your child will also build fine motor skills as they learn to do this puzzle.

Discovery Kids Planetarium Projector 

Image of the Discovery Kids Planetarium Projector for Children with Rotating Stars Night Sky Mode and Stationary Slides Mode with Planet, Constellation, Solar System, Nebula, Spaceship, and Star Slides

The Discovery Kids Planetarium Projector has tons of options for your child to play with and learn about our solar system. It has several different modes and 32 different slides to enjoy. The space station design is unique and the stand was designed to be adjusted so that your child can use the projector to their liking.

I would suggest this for a child 4 years and up since there are small slides. This toy will encourage independent playtime as your child can work through the slides and learn about the different planets and galaxy. 

Find more great toys for 4-year-old boys.

Learning Resources Inflatable Solar System

Image of the Learning Resources Giant Inflatable Solar System, 12 Pieces, 8 Planets, Grades K+/Ages 5+

The Learning Resources Giant Inflatable Solar System is an inflatable solar system and it is a great way for your child to be able to learn with their hands. They can touch, rotate, and learn the different sizes for the planets in our solar system.

This kit comes with an activity guide that will give you some tips on how to use this kit. Each planet has a loop on it so that it can be hung from the ceiling. This kit is recommended for a child 5 years old and up. 

Motorized Solar System Science Kit

Image of the Educational Insights Geosafari Motorized Solar System Science Kit

The Motorized Solar System Science Kit will encourage your little learning to explore the solar system as they watch it rotate. It is motorized and has 2 speeds that will give your child a realistic idea of how the planets rotate around the sun. The sun dome also serves as a night light and it can also be used to project constellations onto the ceiling. 

This kit includes a guide that has planetary facts and riddles in it. This toy is not recommended for children 3 and under because of its small parts. 

There’s No Place Like Space

Image of the There's No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)

There’s No Place Like Space is a great place to start if you are wanting to teach your child more about the Solar System in a fun and memorable way and it allows you the opportunity to read to your child. Reading to your child is a great way to grow your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the topic you are reading. 

Solar System Wall Stickers

Image of the DECOWALL The Solar System Kids Wall Stickers Wall Decals Peel and Stick Removable Wall Stickers for Kids Nursery Bedroom Living Room (1501/S 8018)

These Solar System Wall Stickers would be a big hit for a child who is interested in the solar system because it will bring the solar system to life as they place each planet and star system on the wall. Putting these removable wall decals on the wall is also a great way to redecorate your child’s room without having to paint.

Each planet’s name is listed under it so that your child can work on memorizing the names and it also serves as a way to help your child sound out words if they are learning to read.

Space: A Visual Encyclopedia

Image of the Space: A Visual Encyclopedia

Space: A Visual Encyclopedia is would be ideal for a child who is between 7-10 years old. One who is reading on their own and already has some knowledge and interest in space.

With this visual encyclopedia, they will learn the galaxy and its planets. As well as the history of astronomy and what space travel is like. This encyclopedia will fuel their understanding and grow their knowledge of our solar system.

FloraCraft Solar System Kit

Image of the FloraCraft B00265CQ2M 5.125 x 5.125 x 14.25 MULTIPLE COLORS

The FloraCraft Solar System Kit would be a great toy for a child who is ready to build a solar system model. It’s made from foam and has been pre-painted. They are just solid colors so your child could use their creativity to customize the planets more.

It will provide your child with an opportunity to learn with their hands as they put the model together. It would be great for a school project or a summer activity.

We’ve found more educational craft kits for your child here at Experienced Mommy!

Little Kids First Big Book of Space

Image of the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)

This Little Kids First Big Book of Space would be the perfect place to start if your child is just starting to show interest in the solar system or if you are wanting to spark their interest in it. The colorful pictures and easy text is great for children who are learning to read, and it is going to teach them basic concepts of space. 

How We Selected Solar System Toys

Interest Level of Child

When looking at the best solar system toys for children, the interest level of the child was important. We wanted to have toys that were designed to spark your child’s interest in the solar system. 

We also included toys that are for children who already have an interest in the Solar System and are wanting to learn and grow their knowledge of it. 

Price

We know that toys can get expensive! And the older the child, the more expensive the toy. So we tried to find options for this toy list that were affordable, but still high quality and interesting. That way, no matter your budget, you can pick a winning toy (or even two or three!). 

FAQs About Solar System Toys

What is considered an educational toy? 

An educational toy is any toy that assists your child in learning while they are using the toy. All of the solar system that are on this list would provide your child with a learning opportunity. 

When should I introduce educational toys to my child?

I would recommend introducing educational toys to your child around 3 months old. The toys relevant to your child will change over time.

Providing your child with an educational toy will help them to develop several skills, such as sensory skills, fine motor skills, problem-solving skills, and logic-based skills. 

Final Thoughts

Our Solar System is a vast and wonderful place. Developing an interest in it for your child will open them up to a large world of learning.

My favorite Solar System Toy is the Discovery Kids Planetarium Projector. I love that this projector has lots of slide options. I also love that it gives you and your children the feeling of being in space. 

Learning about our solar system will spark learning and conversations with your child. Allowing you to engage with them and learn with them as their interest in space and our solar system grows. 

Anna Crowder
Anna Crowder
Anna has been married to her husband for 11 years and together they have 3 children who are 6 and under. Anna loves her full-time role of staying home with her children. In her free time, she enjoys writing and doing social media management.

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