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Discovery 3D Solar System by Horizon Group USA
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- Build a scale model of our solar system with this 30-piece set
- The perfect way to spend time with your child, while educating them about the planets, space and beyond
- The fun doesn't stop when the lights go out; turn them out and watch the planets and stars glow!
- Learn fun facts with the colorful, illustrated poster
- Age range: 8 years & up
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Create and display your own custom universe!
|Discovery: 3-in-1 Space Adventures||Discovery: Crystal Aquarium||Discovery: Propulsion Rocket||Discovery: Gemstone Dig|
|Check out all the other great Discovery science kits.||Explore three hands-on activities to learn about space & beyond.||Watch colorful crystals grow before your very eyes.||Build, decorate & launch a rocket 30 feet into the air.||Unearth 11 precious gemstones, including turquoise & amethyst.|
Explore space and beyond with the Discovery solar system model! introduce your child to the planets, stars and galaxies through the act of building then discussing the different features of each Planet and where it belongs in our universe. Build it together and create a three-dimensional mobile or build diorama to display in their bedroom or playroom. Glow-In-The-Dark stars and paints are included, so the fun doesn’t stop when the lights go out! this kit is recommended for scientific explorers ages 8 and up.
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You can’t reasonably expect that the sun will be in scale, but the rest really isn’t, It’s easy to set them up in order if you line them up, but that isn’t quite the way it works. I think that what really bothers me is that I can’t find a way to make a mobile out of it. So far, dowels are the best. Embroidery hoops were a failure. I’m not about to poke holes in the ceiling or paste stars on the wall. (Especially since the stars are so fake-looking.) The solar system could realistically hang from a sheet of black foam core, but then I have to decide how and where to attach the foam core without damaging anything. It just seems that, if you go to the trouble of building a solar system (although it’s so pre-digested it isn’t that much trouble) and you like what you’ve created, you should be able to display it.
None of this doesn’t bother my grandson who devours Science channel space programs. He’s not bothered by the exclusion of poor Pluto but he is bothered that there is no way we can insert a Planet 9 on the other side of the sun. He has ruled out the glow-in-the-dark paints. There is a very generic poster, attractive, but uninspiring.
So, on the whole, it is a well-built kit. It comes with everything you need (except a viable display option), it’s colorful, and reasonably impressive-looking. The price is reasonable.
I should note in this review that my box is similar but not exactly like the one pictured. I don’t know if packaging is the only difference. As far as I can tell, all the items look the same. But it’s possible the newer version might have some display alternatives that mine doesn’t.
The Amazon info says you can build a scale model of the solar system, but the sun is way too small to be in scale. That's kinda expected since the sun's diameter should be 100 times the size of the Earth's diameter. I did expect the planets be somewhat in scale to each other. If we're really to scale, Jupiter should be more a little over 10 times the diameter of Earth. It would be hard to have Jupiter that much bigger, but even the general sizes are wrong. The Earth should be close to twice the size of Mars but they're the same size. With these toy planets, Venus is larger than the Earth. Venus should be slightly smaller (really the same size is close enough at this size).
Where the description says scale, it can't be talking about distance between the planets. If the Earth is an inch diameter the Sun will be almost 1000 feet away so they can't mean distance between the planets will be to scale!
It's a fun toy. The glow in the dark paint is kinda cool. The planets are fun too. I just wish they wouldn't sell it so much on the science and I wish they would explain the differences between these toys and the real planets. Even the poster could give all sorts of cool information but it gives the same tired basic facts that are the first things anyone learns about the planets.
My son and I don't agree on Pluto. I am a Pluto lover and my son is a Pluto troll. I really took offense that the kit misrepresents stars and the moon, but can't add Pluto. I tried to make the planets scale in distance along the wall, but when I tried to explain it to my grandson, well, he's no Sheldon. He liked that the moon and stars glowed in the dark when he went to bed and I heard him talking to my dog about it before he went to sleep. I got a kick out of the kit. I did send the poster home with my grandson for his wall.
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