Check out this great range of space themed books and toys, with items suitable for babies, older kids and all those in-between. All shops featured on this page have received the Let Toys Be Toys ‘Toymark award’ – our good practice award for the retailers marketing inclusively to all kids, minus the gender stereotypes.
A colourful crochet cotton fair trade flying saucer baby rattle. Easy to grasp, soft to touch and with a tactile texture, it is machine washable.
Suitable from birth
£14.99 from Best Years
With bright colours and striking silhouettes, these handmade, Fairtrade felt mobiles from Global Affairs are perfect for developing your baby’s focus and tracking abilities from day one!
Suitable from birth
£8.50 from Peaches & Eaches
Accurate enough to satisfy an expert and simple enough for the rest of us to comprehend, this brainy board book tackles the basics of flight from birds to planes to rockets–and ties it all to baby’s world. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder.
£5.99 in store from Wellcome Shop at Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE
The Special Edition ‘Gold Collection’ ‘Stargazer’ Lottie doll is a collaboration with the European Space Agency. Find out more at ESA Space for Kids: A kid-friendly website from the European Space Agency offering space-related information, games, quizzes and photos. www.esa.int/kids
Doll dressed in dark blue velvet bomber jacket, cerise-coloured dungarees, long sleeve t-shirt with pale blue arms, spotty scarf, brown hat, sturdy brown boots and comes with telescope and tripod, solar system collector cards and a Notable women in astronomy additional sheet.
Recommended age 3+
£22.00 from Lottie Dolls
In this colourful book, a group of children blast off into space in a multicoloured rocket, discovering the solar system, shooting stars and meteors along the way. A celebration of space travel with a cumulative text and a jolly chorus for children to join in on. Comes with a watch and sing along CD and plenty of fascinating backnotes on astronauts and space explorations. By Sunny Scribes, Illustrated by David Sim
Recommended ages 3-6
£7.99 from Letterbox Library
A metal replica NASA Space Shuttle with the NASA logo and USA flag on the body, moving wheels and a hatch which opens to reveal shuttle equipment. 19cm long, 14cm wingspan.
Age 3 and over
£11 from Museum of Liverpool
This portable magnetic dress up and play set is designed to inspire children to dream big and shine bright! Each set includes two scenes and more than 25 pieces for hours of imaginative adventure. Dimensions: 32 × 89 × 203 mm
Ages 3 & up
£10.00 from Buttercup
A great gift for children aged 3 – 11 who love space! Colour in the t-shirt with pink, blue, orange, red, green and yellow pens and start all over again when you wash it. The t-shirt is 100% cotton and designed and printed in the UK. Each T-shirt comes with 6 non-toxic, washable magic splat pens.
Sizes 3 – 11
Spacegirl is getting ready to blast off into outer space, but she starts to feel queasy. Bleurg! Spacegirl is sick! Will her mission be cancelled? Will Spacegirl ever reach the stars? What a good thing both her mummies are there to look after her. A perfect tale for reading with young children, this new edition has returned to Vanda Carter’s original illustrations to accompany Katy Watson’s hilarious story.
Available in store at Gay’s The Word bookshop, 66 Marchmont St, London W1 (near Russell Sq Tube) or £8.99 online at Letterbox Library
Packed with information, this book by Arthur John L’Hommedieu opens before us like a tunnel through space, enabling us to make a fascinating tour of the planets in our solar system. Revised and updated, the new edition of this three-dimensional information book encourages children to study interesting data about each of the planets.
£7.99 fromChild’s Play Books
From small steps to giant leaps, A Galaxy of Her Own tells fifty stories of inspirational women who have been fundamental to the story of humans in space, from scientists to astronauts to some surprising roles in between. Written by Libby Jackson, a leading UK expert in human space flight, and illustrated with bold and beautiful artwork from the students of London College of Communication, this is a book to delight and inspire trailblazers of all ages.
£16.99 from Bookmarks Bookshop
Let your stories blast off into the unknown!
This is a set of 9 wooden space story cubes, each with an extraterrestrial theme. The idea is that you use the pictures to tell stories together. However, which order will they arrive in and what difference will that make? These are wonderful story telling games. You can start off with just a few and build up to make really complex stories. The pictures are interesting and can be interpreted in many different ways. Everyone can join in and they make a great addition to any journey.
Recommended for 5+
£9.99 from Whirligig Toys
Blast a rocket across the room, design the perfect landing gear for an egg, create a cosmic view of what you might see in space and create a lung powered launcher!
The Jumbo Box contains 3-4 hands-on activities around a super sciency theme from magnets to microbeasts to music and magic. Make potions, build stuff, get creative and curious about the science, maths, engineering and tech in the world around us! The jumbo box is a great way to dip in and out of Curiosity Box and a brilliant gift that ticks all the boxes for kids and grown ups alike.
£22.95 from The Curiosity Box
Mosaic pieces that will adhere like magic to most smooth surfaces, make colourful, glow in the dark mosaic space pictures.
During the day, enjoy the beautiful colours of the mosaic picture, at night watch it glow.
Measurements: w.280 x h.270 x d.30mm
£12.95 from Toys Will Be Toys
Pack your backpack and prepare for launch! Blasting on the shuttle to outer space? The jetpack backpack is great for flying around wherever you go, from docking at the shop, to orbiting the park. The backpack has plenty of space for all your missions and for storing the essentials for launch-time. Remember to fill the rear rocket pockets with pencils or drinks to stay fuelled. The sky really is the limit! Dimensions: H45 x W35 x D15cm, approx 426g
£30.00 fromJodrell Bank Discovery Centre
Welcome to Planetarium. This museum is open all hours. It houses an incredible collection of astronomical objects, from small, icy moons to huge swirling galaxies. So how big is the Universe? How did it begin and what mysteries does it hold? With specially written text for younger readers, step inside to explore the Universe in all its glory. Written by Raman Prinja, and illustrated by Chris Wormell.
£10.99 fromNews From Nowhere Bookshop
Have you got a small scientist or an aspiring astronaut in the house? Make their Christmas out of this world with a personalised framed OKIDO Alphabet Print, read to put straight up on the wall.
In the OKIDO universe, all children are scientists, while A is for astronaut, B for black hole and C is for comet of course! This personalised, ethically produced wall art comes ready to hang in a white 15mm frame, unmounted with MDF and shatterproof perspex sheet. Measures 45.5cm x 33cm
£20.00 from Okido
Race your opponents to explore the planets and moons of our solar system and then return safely back to Earth. Explore Mars, the moons of Jupiter, Saturn’s rings, Neptune, the Kuiper Belt and more as you slingshot your way from planet to planet and use your booster rocket and hyperspace to speed your safe return. The further out you go the more points you get but the more difficult it becomes to return, so beware getting stuck in Deep Outer Space. Avoid the Asteroids, beware of the Black Hole, watch out for the Wormhole and survive the Super Nova, whilst you try not to get stuck in the grip of Jupiter’s massive gravity.
Recommended Age 9+
£11.50 from Rachel’s Toy Shop