12 of the best space toys and toy rockets

The greatest rockets, puzzles, and space-themed toys the universe has to offer, for girls and boys aged 0 - 12 years

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Whether your child’s still a baby, has just started to ask questions about the world around them, or has developed a real aptitude for science at school – there’s always a good reason to introduce space into their toy box.

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Our rundown of the best space toys offers a real mix of many different elements of space: rockets, astronauts and space travel, planets, solar systems, stars, and more.

They’re great learning toys, perfect for kids with big imaginations, as well as just being, well, loads and loads of fun ?

Plus, you can find a space connection in pretty much every type of toy. We’ve found all sorts from baby play mats and jigsaws, to build-your-own rockets and virtual reality games for pre-teens. It’s official – space is one of our favourite toy frontiers…

Here are the best space toys and toy rockets…

1. Petit Collage Magnetic Outer Space Play Scene Toy, £18

petit collage space toy

Age: 3+

What is it: 54 magnetic pieces that join together to make lots of different space scenes. Pieces include 2 backgrounds, 2 astronauts, space rockets and the planets in our solar system.

Why we love it: We like that kids can use this set to create their own idea of a space scene, because it promotes imagination. Putting all the pieces in the right places also requires a bit of hand-eye co-ordination.

There’s a storage box, too, which also doubles up as a background for your child’s creative scene. Lovely.

Available from: Hurn & Hurn

2. Hape Playscapes E3021 Rocket Ship, £79.99

hape rocket

Age: 3+

What is it: A 4-tier rocket ship with detachable parts, an alien figure, an astronaut figure, and plenty of accessories.

Why we love it: Hape’s sturdy wooden toy rocket is ideal for children with big imaginations, who love creating adventures and stories inside pretend worlds.

The 20-piece set is also easy to set up and then detach, so though it’s quite big, it can easily be stored away.

Available from: Amazon

3. LEGO Mars Research Shuttle, £24.99

LEGO Mars Research Shuttle

Age: 5 years +

What is it: A 273 piece set comprising of a research shuttle, rover toy with gripping arm, storage drone, helidrone and 2 jet pack wearing astronaut figures. Download the Lego Life app to zoom into 2 different levels of building instructions dependant on age and ability.

Why we love it: As you’d expect from LEGO, so much intricate detail has gone into the pieces, making imaginative play oh-so realistic. The smaller rover toy alone is fantastic. It has tilting laser and solar panels and looks more than ready to tackle the unexplored terrains of Mars.

Available from: LEGO

4. Magformers Space Travel Construction Set, £34.99

magformers travel construction set

Age: 3+

What is it: 35 magnetic Magformers pieces (squares and triangles), an alien figure, and a book full of ideas for how our space mate’s gonna travel the galaxy.

Why we love it: The Magformers construction set is a great way to encourage active play – getting them to use the magnetic pieces to create spaceships and rockets for their alien to travel the universe in.

It’s educational, too, in a very subtle way – introducing 3D mathematical shapes and more of the STEM subjects without shoving it in your face.

Available from: John Lewis and Magformers official website

5. Galt Toys Space Lab, £12.99

Galt Toys Space Lab

Age: 5 years +

What it is: A space focused STEM learning lab. The included kit makes up 12 experiments – all guided by a 24 page booklet. There a chance to launch a rocket, make a telescope and so much more. Requires adult supervision and ideal for 7 – 8 year olds.

Why we love it: All the experiments are compatible with the National Curriculum – great for expanding learning at home in fun way. The instructions are easy to follow and adults have a chance to get stuck in too.

Available from: Amazon

6. DJECO The Rocket Puzzle, £8

djeco

Age: 3+

What is it: A 16-piece puzzle that arrives inside a yellow and green rocket box.

Why we love it: We can’t get over how funky this simple, chunky jigsaw is – and how rewarding it is to see the happy scene featuring a family of aliens pieced together, upon completion.

A fun (and not too tricky) puzzle for little ones, likely pre-school age. An ideal stocking filler for budding space fans.

Available from: Crafts4Kids

7. Orchard Toys Rocket Game, £8.00

rocket game

Age: 4 to 7

What is it: An educational matching and counting game – with a space theme, of course!

Why we love it: It’s straightforward as board games go. You simply spin the wheel, pick a card and build what Orchard Toys call a ‘vapour trail’. Whoever has the most loops in their trail wins.

It’s simple, fun, and a great way to introduce talking about different planets (and even the concept of aliens) with your little one.

Available from: Orchard Toys and Amazon

8. Learning Resources Inflatable Solar System Set, £39.20

solar system

Age: 4 to 5

What is it: It is what it says it is – a set of inflatable planets perfect for learning about the solar system.

Why we love it: Part toy, part bedroom decoration, part learning apparatus – these 9 floating planets are a fun, quirky way to bring the universe to life for your little ones. Comes with all you need to keep the solar system in working order (an air pump, and a repair kit).

We quite like that they’re big (the largest planet is about 60cm long) but you will need a bit of room in the house to make the most of them.

Available from: Learning Resources and Amazon

9. Janod Wooden Magnetic Rocket, £14

janod rocket

Age: 2 to 6

What it is: A 5-piece wooden rocket, with a movable propellor, that fits together with magnets.

Why we love it: A brightly-coloured but simple toy, but one you’ll want to keep long after it’s come out of the toy box.

We think this is a great space-themed option for young children, especially toddlers who like to grab on to chunky pieces and put things together.

Available from: Amazon

10. Brainstorm Toys Rocket Projector and Room Guard, £25.99

rocket projector

Age: 6 to 10

What is it: A 18 x 17 x 37 cm box that contains a projector, and 3 discs containing 24 1m-wide projectable images – including planets, astronauts and space ships.

Why we love it: The projector is certainly fun, but this toy comes to life as a ‘room guard’, omitting a noise when its motion sensor picks up any unexpected movement.

Available from: Amazon

11. BinaryBots UFO Coding Kit, £40

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Age: 8+

What is it: A 19 x 19 x 16cm UFO-shaped bot that helps over 8’s learn the basics of coding.

Why we love it: A toy that makes sounds and lights up and uses lots of different sensors, but does its job when plugged into your computer – once plugged, the bot can help your child get to grips with the world of code, thanks to the in-built BBC micro:bit computer.

This toy is really educational, and perfect for children who love their technology and like developing new skills.

Available from: Science Museum

12. Great Little Trading Co Multi Activity Rocket, £87

gltc rocket

Age:18 months+

What is it: A wooden rocket/activity centre, designed to help toddlers learn colours and hand eye co-ordination.

Why we love it: This toddler toy from GLTC is no doubt a pricey purchase, but comes with all the bells and whistles like push-and-pull levers, a mirror, and a working clock. Also, literally, there’s a bell.

We also like that it’s a little bit different from the plastic and metal toys you’d expect to see in the space age.

Available from: Great Little Trading Co and Amazon

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