Solar System Floor Puzzle

We’ve been all about floor puzzles in my house lately, especially solar system floor puzzles. We have two different solar system puzzles and a coral reef puzzle. The reef puzzle is a little challenging for toddlers, but they had fun helping me put it together, and then they walked across it in their socks, pretending to walk in the shallow seas.

Our favorite puzzle seems to be the Melissa and Doug solar system floor puzzle, pictured below. We have put it together many times, and when it is complete, the astronomonsters like to roll around on it and say, “Space travel!” (We had recently watched a “Space Travel” episode of The Universe.) I’m glad to see they are using their imaginations, anyway.

The eldest astronomonster especially enjoys the puzzle. He is 3.5 years old now, about the recommended age for such a puzzle. The constant reassembling of such puzzles provides opportunities to talk to or quiz your child about the space objects pictured. For example, “Venus is a hot planet. Look at those thick clouds–they trap the Sun’s heat.” Or, “There is a nebula, a giant cloud in space. Stars are born in nebulae.” “What can you tell me about Saturn?” We also have some tiny astronaut and space shuttle figurine toys for which the puzzle becomes a play mat.

Do you have some favorite astronomy toys or floor puzzle activities in your home? Please share them in the comments!

The Solar System Floor Puzzle by Melissa & Doug. http://www.melissaanddoug.com/solar-system-space-learning-floor-puzzle

The Solar System Floor Puzzle by Melissa & Doug. http://www.melissaanddoug.com/solar-system-space-learning-floor-puzzle

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3 Responses to Solar System Floor Puzzle

  1. This must be a vastly popular puzzle, I know several families who own it. How fun!

  2. godmadeknown says:

    My boys love that puzzle, too! Target had some cheapo space puzzles (about 100 pieces) in they’re Dollar aisle that were also a hit. They’ve also enjoyed playing with the Mars Mud, Pluto Putty, Galactic Goo and Space Sand we picked up at the planetarium. But their favorite space toys are Lego’s which they use to make all kinds of crazy space travel gear with. Lego City also has a NASA themed set.

    • Astronomommy says:

      Sounds like some things I should look into. We’re still in the Mega Blocks stage though, so maybe Legos in a couple years. They do like Play-doh, and we make planets and galaxies out of it.

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