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3D Solar System

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  • With the 3D Solar System from Great Explorations, you can watch the glowing universe in your own room
  • This beautiful set comes with a host of fascinating planetary facts
  • Includes over 200 glow-in-the-dark planets and stars with our Lifetime Glow Guarantee
  • All Great Explorations products include the Lifetime Glow Guarantee
  • Great Explorations products encourage kids to imagine and create as they explore the world around them
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Product Description

Product Description

Hang the planets from your ceiling and re-create the captivating cosmos right in your bedroom.

From the Manufacturer

Experience the wonders of the universe in your own room, with the 3-D Solar System from Great Explorations. Nine colorful glow-in-the-dark planets, over 200 adhesive stars and a Solar System Guide are included to help you recreate the solar system. Simply hang the glowing 3-D Solar System from the ceiling, turn out the lights and watch the universe come alive. This beautiful set comes with fascinating facts to teach kids about the solar system. Includes over 200 glow-in-the-dark planets and stars, all with our Lifetime Glow Guarantee. Great Explorations products encourage kids to imagine and create as they explore the world around them. Great Explorations has been the glow-in-the-dark leader for over a decade, helping children discover the wonders of planets, stars and outer space. Our products are the highest quality, so we offer a Lifetime Glow Guarantee that ensures they will continue to glow and glow. Great Explorations is all about fun and the joy of learning.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 3 x 9.8 inches ; 15.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000066HSN
  • Item model number: 19862
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 5 - 11 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,419 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
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239 of 251 people found the following review helpful By S. Crane on June 16, 2003
We wish the "planets" included glowed brighter and longer, and that the "200 adhesive stars" weren't just a strip of variously-shaped stickers (some so tiny they had to be removed with tweezers!), but all-in-all you get what you pay for and it is at least teaching our son about the solar system. The planets are also expected to be hung from the ceiling using fishing line and what amount to thumbtacks, so I recommend having some good nails or hooks at your disposal or you will probably be frustrated by bent tacks and hammered fingers. I will add that there are much brighter and longer-lasting plastic glow-stars out there. We found some and have made our son's room much more impressive since this purchase. We just tell him the dimmer stars are the ones further away. :-) Put stars up in your kid's room! It's really cool. Just get a lot and get good ones.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By J. Chiavetta on March 12, 2005
My son recently finished a study of the solar system in his preschool class and was very excited about what he had learned. I searched for several items that I could purchase to both educated him further and that would add a decorative touch to his room. This item did both. I was rather put off by most reviews on the ease, or in most cases lack of ease, of installation. It took me 10 minutes to string up the planets, afix the fish line to the little star tacks and place them in my ceiling. . . a breeze. If the planets are near a light source they glow brightly and into the night. Infact we awoke this morning and they were still faintly glowing. Impressive. As for the stickers, well they are what they are...tiny. I used them on some left over spiderweb from halloween to create the milky way around the planets and the paper mache sun we created and they work fine. I didn't even need a tweezer. Great product!

Tip for installation - tie the string to the planet first in a knot, then tie a loop knot at the other end. Take that and slip it around the nail of the tack and tighten. The star head will keep the knot from sliding off the nail and it will be secure to hold the planets up. If you actually try to tie the fish line around/across the star head it will take hours and will make for a frustrating installation...
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Micole Roy on January 8, 2004
The educational value of having the planets hang from our son's room is great. At 4 years-old, he could name the nine planets thanks in large part to this "toy". So I give it the highest marks in educational value. A little tid-bit about each of the planets is provided on a panthlet in this set and I read it to our son as my husband hung the set. Our son actually memorized much of what I read to him and when the set was new he asked me to reread the panthlet to him several times to fill in the pieces of information that he had forgotten.
It's also fun in that our son enjoys showing it to our guests and telling them about the planets. However, I rate the set as 4 out of 5 stars in the fun category simply because it is more like decoration. This set hangs from the ceiling, so you never play with it or even touch it once it is hung. You simply enjoy looking at it and talking about it.
The downside of this set is that the stars are really small stickers so you will want to purchase some larger glow-in-the-dark stars. Also it is a pain to hang this set since you have to tie fishing line to each of the planets and then use tack-like objects to connect them to the ceiling. But once you have it all set up your child will probably be pleased.
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By DS on July 15, 2002
Bought this for my 2-yr old son, who has been asking for planets for some time now (I think he picked up planets from one of his baby einstein videos). When I first showed him the box, his eyes lit up and would not let it go. Putting it together, all he wanted to do was hold the strings (that the planets were attached to) and kick the planets; it takes quite a bit of patience to tie the fishing line to the planets, while keeping the little ones at bay. We finally got them hung on the ceiling, along with the accompanied glow in the dark stars/moons/shapes. When we turned off the lights, the planets came alive! He loved it! He just layed in bed, looking up at his solar ceiling. And he now asks for the planets by name ... especially Jupiter and Earth. Well worth the...investment.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By kc on December 5, 2003
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My 5 year old is interested in the planets so I bought 3 different versions of this concept at roughly the same price point to try out. This was the best of the lot. The 3D spheres hanging from the cieling in his room are very cool and give real perspective to how the planets work. We used is centerally located cieling light as the sun.
Downside is they're a pain to hang up -- tying fishing line around a thumbtack 9 times is a challenge. We also taped the heavier planets because the tacks look like they'll come out.
But still, overall, this beats the 2D mobile type competitors hands down -- I'd recommend it but set aside an hour or two to hang them up.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 18, 2013
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I bought this 3D Solar System on a whim. It was on sale, and I thought the glow in the dark aspect might help cure my 3 year old boy of his fear of the dark. It arrived in the mail two days later and he was so excited to hang the planets up above his bed. Even my one year old was excited, chanting "Moon!" and "Ball!" over and over again. The kit comes with clear string and star shaped thumbtacks to push into the ceiling. It also comes with glow in the dark star stickers. The planets come with two labels each. We attached one label on the bottom of the planet, and one on the side. The labels peel off a pit over the months, and you'll have to press them back down every few months. My Son immediately started learning the names of each of the planets. I cut out a section of the back of the box that told a bit about each planet. For the next few weeks, he fell asleep every night with that piece of box clutched in his hand.

Since then, we've added to the planets. It includes pluto so we added four more dwarf planets: Ceres, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris; and we added a comet, space shuttle and asteroid belt.

Pros: Develops an interest in the Solar System. Everything you need to install is included. Durable, Educational, and Fun.

Cons: The stickers don't stick well. Pluto could be confusing. It's the only dwarf planet included, they should either take it out or add the other dwarf planets. The colors are a little off. Saturn is not that green, and neptune is more of a blue purple than a pink purple. There is no sun included, so you'll have to get creative with arranging the planets. We put a yellow circle on the wall, but I've heard of others arranging the planets around a ceiling light.
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