Category Archives: Toys/Parties/Fun Stuff

Space Games

Educational space board games! The Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s shop has an assortment of space games like Moon Mission (“Learn about conditions on the Moon and teach your children teamwork with this cooperative family board game”); Race to the … Continue reading

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Glow-in-the-dark planets puzzle, flashlights, and “darkoscopes”

The astronomonsters’ favorite Christmas gift this year was their Glow-in-the-Dark Space puzzle. It’s a 2×3 feet floor puzzle with 100 pieces. The backside is a black-line drawing of the planets so kids can color it if they want. The colored … Continue reading

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Rainbow Peepholes as holiday treat for kids

Everyone likes rainbows, right? So how about treating folks to the gift of rainbows? Two years ago I ordered a batch of diffraction grating glasses to share with the kids in our lives. This year, I ordered a batch of … Continue reading

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Rocket Cake

Astronomonster #2 is turning 3! Since he enjoys pretending he has rockets lifting off, including a countdown–er, countup?–that no one could synchronize with, I wanted to make him a rocket cake. It’s nowhere near as cool as the Earth cake that’s … Continue reading

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Magnetic Solar System Attractive to Astronomonsters

One of my astronomonsters’ favorite toys this week is the Magnetic Solar System by Smethport. It folds open like a book. Inside, the Sun is on the top left corner, and orbit lines are drawn so kids can place their … Continue reading

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Commission: Earth Structural Layer Cake

Amazing Earth cake found here:  Commission: Earth Structural Layer Cake. The Cakecrumbs blogger also has an amazing Jupiter Structural Layer Cake with more commentary on making such a cake, and a Spherical Concentric Layer Cake Tutorial. Great work, Rhiannon!

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Toy Galaxies

There is an appalling lack of toy galaxies on the market. Astronomonster #1 turned 3 this summer, and I wanted to get him a toy galaxy. He has inflatable planets, but we don’t have any galaxies he can carry around. … Continue reading

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Travels with Astronomonsters: Balloon Planets

We took our first long road trip this summer with our toddler astronomonsters. If we were to drive straight through, it would be five hours to get to our destination. With toddlers, we couldn’t exactly drive straight through for five … Continue reading

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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Towel Day

Friday, May 25, is Towel Day. This is an annual celebration in tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001) on which fans around the universe carry a towel in his honor. There is a website devoted to the promotion … Continue reading

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Inflatable Solar System

When you’ve already given your astronomonster the world and the moon, what’s next? How about the Solar System? I got my astronomonsters an inflatable solar system for Christmas, and they are loving it to a slow, leaky death–at least in … Continue reading

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