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Scientific Explorer Our Amazing Solar System Model Kit

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  • Build, paint, construct and explore our solar system with (2) separate realistic scale planet models
  • Sky Set is designed to hang in your room and consists of a sun poster, models of all (9) planets and the (7) largest moons in the solar system
  • Desk Set includes the inner planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars) and the moon can be used for displays
  • 64-page activity guide features (20) experiments to conduct and help you understand how the solar system works
  • Recommended for children 8-years of age and older
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Product Description

The POOF-Slinky 7100 Scientific Explorer Our Amazing Solar System is a kit that lets you build, paint, construct and explore our solar system with (9) realistic scale planet models. This kit includes (2) sets of scientifically exact planet and moon models for you to create. The "Sky Set" is designed to hang in your room and consists of a sun poster, models of all (9) planets and the (7) largest moons in the solar system. All the planets and moons in the "Sky Set" are made to the same scale. Your kit also contains a "Desk Set" with larger models of the "Sky Set" planets. The "Desk Set" is for your desk or bookshelf and includes the inner planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars), the moon and stands and labels can be use for display purposes. The diameter of each model is exactly 5-times greater than the diameter of the same planet in the "Sky Set." In volume, each one is exactly 125-times larger. A 64-page activity guide features (20) experiments to conduct and help you understand how the solar system works, facts about the sun, planets and moons in your kit and step-by-step instructions on how to make, paint and display your models. This set includes (16) planet halves, Sun poster, 9-piece stand set, model gauge, sculpey modeling compound, sponge, (2) paintbrushes, painting guide, (10) sticker labels, (8) color paints, 9-piece accessory pack, 4-piece planet ring set and a 64-page activity guide. Scientific Explorer is the industry leader in science kits that help develop critical thinking skills, inspire imagination and encourage exploration through interactive experiments and activities that make learning fun. The POOF-Slinky 7100 Scientific Explorer Our Amazing Solar System Model Kit is recommended for children 8-years of age and older. POOF-Slinky is the manufacturer of the world famous Slinky and the top selling POOF foam sport balls in North America, both manufactured in Plymouth, MI and Hollidaysburg, PA. Ideal and Scientific Explorer are other well-known brands, rounding out the POOF-Slinky family. With roots in the toy industry for over 100-years, POOF-Slinky brands continue to grow and broaden. New generations of kids, their parents and grandparents have proven that classic toys never go out of style! Visit www.amazon.com/alex-brands for more information on Alex Brands and our best-selling line of educational and entertaining products for kids.

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A winner of the National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval, this educational kit teaches a broad range of lessons about astronomy. Scientifically inclined kids of all ages will enjoy constructing colorful scale models of all nine planets. They're relatively big, with Jupiter, the largest, 5 inches wide. The kit also features a big (36 by 12 inches) poster of the Sun, complete with sunspots. A 64-page solar system science book contains assembly and painting instructions, information about all the planets and their moons, and a score of suggestions for fun and educational science experiments. This kit makes a nifty companion to Educational Design's Our Amazing Planet Earth. --Rebecca Hughes

Product Information

Product Dimensions 14.1 x 10.9 x 3.5 inches
Item Weight 1.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.7 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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ASIN B00000IRTZ
Item model number 7100
Manufacturer recommended age 8 - 12 years
Best Sellers Rank #207,706 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#784 in Toys & Games > Hobbies > Models & Model Kits > Model Kits > Figure Kits
#2,717 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Science
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3.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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I bought this solar system to make a 3-D hands on solar system for my classroom. I painted all the planets which ended up being much easier then anticipated because all the planets have guide lines on them. They are stored in a basket and the children are encouraged to handle them. I was worried about them breaking but they have been drop and have held up nicely! The stands are cool but I have not used them yet. I do plan on using the moon and earth stand to demonstrate how the moon rotates around the earth. The book is filled with interesting facts and experiments, none are really age appropriate for the age group I am working with (3-6-year-olds) but I have thought about doing them with my 8-year-old. This is a great product, I highly recommend!
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There are five million solar system kits for kids out there, and our family has tried a couple. To be honest, none of them are that great! But this one is definitely lower on our list.

My nine year old got it for Christmas this year and had fun assembling it and painting it. It was worth a nice morning. But it is not very durable, nor were the planets' plastic the best material for painting. The paint doesn't soak in or dry very well.

There were a couple other upsetting things. First, our kit came with one wrong piece. That was probably just an oversight with our particular kit, but it did require us to get creative in sticking Neptune together... we had to use tape, which messed it up a little.

Second, there were no pieces included to hang the planets except string. Apparently you are supposed to string the planets across your ceiling, but there are no fasteners to hold it up there. It says to get them on your own. I am not that great with fasteners and screws in the ceiling, so we just duct taped it, which was kind of ugly. Also you are supposed to hang the planets in place with string and paper clips, but the clips slide down the string unless you knot them in place first, which is kind of tricky for a kid. Lastly, you are supposed to tie big knots inside the planets' spherical body so the string doesn't pop out when you hang them, but ours kept popping out anyway. We had to tape the strings to the planets which looked bad.

If you want to display the planets on your desk, only the first four planets come with bases. There are no bases for the larger planets, which kind of disqualifies that idea.

This leads to the biggest problem: on the box, the kit says it contains a desk set of planets and a hanging set.
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My five-year old grandson is always inquisitive. He became very interested in the solar system from a book he received for Christmas. He kept talking about the solar system and was constantly wanting me to log onto the internet for interactive kids' sites and was getting more and more obsessive about the facts and details. I decided something hands-on would work, so he and I got on Amazon and started looking for a project we both thought would be educational and fun! He didn't want any glow in the dark stuff or paper stuff, so I read the specs on this kit and it seemed perfect. I received the box the next day and was very surprised at the size and sturdiness of the planets! We got to work! He painted the tops of the "gas giants" and I painted the bottoms. He was excited that Uranus was tipped on its' side. That same evening, he had his dad hung the big ones up in his room. They look really cool! The smaller ones went on the display stands, but he needed the inner planets, too, so his dad made them from the clay and painted them and now he has the entire system hanging in his room! I have been telling everyone about our project and about this kit! I have pictures on my iphone we show everyone! Great product and great instructions. Everything you need is included!
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Good for school project but could use better color instructions. This was ok as it made my son actually have to research the planet colors to get them right. So he learned!
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By MLynnM88 on April 30, 2015
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I bought this for my daughter who has a school project due soon. She loved painting the planets and setting up her solar system! Great for fun but also for school!
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Literally the most complicated items I have ever seen. The instructions could not be more confusing. Seriously, the instruction manual is 64 pages long.
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My son loves this. The planets are a great size the sun is huge. He has so much fun putting this together. This is probably the best kit weve bought
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This is a great teaching tool and it was a great deal. My son love it so much every weekend he sets up planets etc. learning a lot of stuff :)
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