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What do you buy teens who Love Space and Astronomy?

Space, the final frontier…..what do you buy a child who wants to be an astronaut? We asked some young space enthusiasts what they wanted.

“It’s impossible to look down on Earth from space and not be mesmerised by the fragile beauty of our planet “- Tim Peake

Just a note – most of these recommendations are for older kids who love Space (except the last two which are suitable for ANY age)!

Hello, is this planet Earth?: My View from the International Space Station

what do you buy a space enthusiast - Tim Peake

This is the first official Tim Peake book from 2016. An excellent book for anyone, with a mesmerising collection of over 150 photographs taken by Tim, on board the International Space Station. It really is a fabulous book and a must-have for all space enthusiasts. (The proceeds received from the book are donated to The Prince’s Trust).

Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space (Tim Peake)

what do you buy a Space enthusiast? - Ask an astronaut

This is Tim Peake’s latest book from October last year. It is also brilliant but is aimed at an older reader (or as a book to read with an adult). It is Tim’s personal guide to life in space and answers the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth. Beautiful illustrations, chatty responses from Tim and exclusive new photographs.

  • How does it feel to orbit the earth ten times faster than a speeding bullet?
  • What’s it like to eat, sleep and go to the toilet in space?
  • And where to next – the Moon, Mars or beyond?

LEGO® NASA Apollo Saturn V

What do you buy a Space enthusiast? - Lego Nasa Apollo Saturn V

Build the first rocket to land people on the Moon! A very popular, although expensive, gift for teens who love Space and astronomy. It is a pretty incredible set which features a metre-high model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V
and includes over 1,900 pieces.
It has received the most amazing reviews from expert Lego lovers.
It comes under the Lego rating of ‘Challenging’ but there are many awesome models for younger astronauts in the ‘Space’ category on the LEGO WEBSITE.

International Space Station Manual: Haynes

What do you buy a Space enthusiast? - Haynes Space manual

I have learned a lot from the astronauts of the future (thank you, Skylar). This is a Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manuals for ISS – wow!
The author is Dr David Baker who worked with NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programmes between 1965 and 1990. It is full of background information, with lots of illustrations. Also worth looking at the Haynes manual on the space shuttle. The manuals give an insight into the history, development, and role of the permanently manned earth-orbiting complex.
Such a brilliant idea for an older child who is genuinely interested in Space.

Constellation Jewellery

What do you buy a Space enthusiast? - Space necklace

If you are looking for some alternative ideas for kids who love Space then there are some really attractive pieces of jewelry to consider (notonthehighstreet.co.uk have a lovely selection). I particularly like this gold, double space necklace with a choice of asteroid, star or planet for your second chain (J&S Jewellery). My 16-year-old daughter tells me planets are very ‘in’ this season so would make the ideal gift for teens who love Space.

Glow in the Dark Moon – wall sticker

What do you buy a Space enthusiast? - Glow moon

This is a wonderful glow-in-the-dark moon sticker which is repositionable and shows DETAILS of the moon! You simply stick it on the wall and watch it glow at night. Great for a teen Space lovers bedroom.

Glow-in-the-Dark Stars

 Gift ideas for a Space enthusiast

Of course, there are also the classic Glow-in-the-Dark Stars for a Space lovers bedroom. My children had these when they were younger, but I am told that when it comes to teens who love Space they are AlWAYS a good present. So if you are after gifts for  Space fanatics then these will allow them to visit Space in the comfort of their own bedrooms.
(Top tip: Put the sheets of stickers under a desk lamp for about 5 minutes each to “activate” them before you stick them on the wall/ceiling).

And finally…something for young astronauts to make at home:

Make a simple telescope

This video shows you how to make a simple telescope using ONLY two convex lenses, blu-tac, and a metre ruler!

Useful links:

HubbleSite  A fantastic NASA website featuring information and images from the Hubble Telescope

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