In case you didn’t know already, today marks the start of World Space Week (4th-10th October) and what better way to celebrate than telling you guys about some really lovely space orientated toys.
World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth since its United Nations declaration in 1999. In 2015, more than 1,800 events took place in 73 countries across the globe. These events celebrate the benefits of space and the excitement surrounding space exploration. World Space Week 2016 aims to inspire more events across in the world with their new them of “Remote Sensing – Enabling Our Future”.
Jamie and I are incredibly lucky to share an interest in this area, although he much more than I, and he knows a lot more than me too. However, it’s a subject that we’d love for both boys to have a love of as it’s just so fascinating!
Learning Resources have been super lovely enough to send Toby and Teddy their Primary Science Telescope and their Primary Science Shining Stars Projector.
Learning Resources Primary Science Telescope
As excited as I was to get this open I was a little apprehensive about using it as I’d read some pretty rubbish reviews on it and was hoping I could prove them wrong. Luckily, I can! Obviously if you wanted to look at real stars in the sky this is lovely to be able to give to the children to look through but as it’s not a really strong telescope they’re never going to get a really good view and especially if they really know what they’re aiming for. I had a little look through and found it hard to focus at first, but once it was focused it was ok; obviously as I say, it won’t be the best as it’s a toy but it’s still really lovely to spark the interest.
I’ve used this more indoors, just because Toby is still that little bit young to use it, but also because having to wait for a clear night around here with no light pollution is almost impossible! I found that it was better to get Toby to find things in the kitchen or in the living room as you can detach the telescope from the tripod. It just encourages exploring and supports hands on science investigation and observation.
The telescope itself is well made and is bright and fun. It has a soft rubber eye piece with a big grip focus wheel to adjust the “zoom”; the magnification is around 20x. It’s the perfect starter telescope for anyone wanting to get their kids interested in outer space or science in general. Super toy, but it’s a little bit old for a three year old so it’s definitely worth waiting until they’re that little bit older I think.
At £17.00 I’d say it was a little bit expensive for what it is but it’s good fun nonetheless!
Learning Resources Primary Science Shining Stars Projector
I was really excited to get this out. I love anything that the boys might be able to “watch” rather than physically play with as they usually end up arguing over toys at the moment. The assembly was really minimal as it only consists of the projector, the circular slides and the base.
Each circular slide consists of eight images that you’re able to project on to any plain surface, although I would highly recommend doing it in as dark a room as you’ll get a better view. Night time is really good as you can choose to set the projector on its base or you can hold it in your hand if you wanted to, and all while talking about what image is being projected. This could be in place of a bed time story too!
The images are really interesting and engaging and range from images of outer space from asteroids, to the sun and even space walks. It’s lovely to be able to talk about each bit of space individually. Admittedly it didn’t really hold Teddy’s attention that much but he is only 16 months, whereas Toby who is 3 was a bit more interested, but mostly found it cool that there was something being projected onto his bedroom wall!
I love that this projector will come out time and again even when they’re growing up. If it comes up at school it’s a great way to harness their interest and encourage their learning at home. It certainly fascinated me. As it stands you can’t buy any more slides than the ones already included, although it would be a good idea if there were more images and if the images were able to be projected a little bigger so that there’s a bit more detail.
Overall, it’s good value for money and we’d happily pay the £20 price tag! Just don’t forget the batteries! If you fancy your chances, you’ve even got the chance to win your very own space projector – just enter below!
Terms and Conditions
- This competition will open on 4th October and will close on 21st October at 11.59pm
- One winner will be selected at random
- One winner will receive one Primary Science Shining Stars Projector
- UK entrants only
- No cash alternative will be offered
- The winners will be announced on Raising the Rings social media outlets, not the blog
- The winners will have 28 days to respond to their winner’s email
*I was sent these products in return for this review. All views and opinions are my own.