Kids can ask many questions about the universe, and this build-your-own model will help them get answers. A fun do-together project for parents and younger children; older kids can assemble it themselves—science project, anyone?
Your astronomers can move the planets to make them revolve around the glowing sun. The unit also projects a map of the night sky onto the ceiling (projects in any location but best when placed in the center of the room).
Components: base station; nine plastic, painted planets; sun; nine orbit rods; transparent star map; 35 x 23-inch color poster; detailed instructions written by a Smithsonian curator.
Dimensions: 12 x 15 x 3 inches. Requires 4 AA batteries; not included.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—contains small parts and small balls. Not for children under 3 years.