REVIEW: Illuminated Solar System from Brainstorm Toys

This fascinating set, which perfectly supports KS2 science (it’s recommended for 6+), has everything a child needs (except batteries) to set up their very own solar system in their bedroom. The remote-controlled, motorised, 85cm diameter solar system mobile includes eight detailed colour planets which rotate on three independent orbits around the sun. No mains electricity is required, and it’s easy to fix the solar system onto the ceiling as all the required fixings are included; as it is battery operated there is no need to worry about connecting to the mains. It does need drilling into the ceiling, but we found that, with a little ingenuity (and a wire coat hanger) that there are viable options. At night, your child can have the fun of lying in bed and using the remote control to operate the light up sun and rotate the planets. The light in the sun isn’t very bright, making it best viewed in the dark, and ideal for use as a nightlight. During daytime, the solar system is an attractive addition to the room, and as children have so many toys, it’s great that this one doesn’t take up any wall/shelf space.

STEM subjects are high priority at the moment, and this educational toy, which includes a secret code to unlock fascinating online space facts, fits the bill perfectly. “Brainstorm Toys is a range of fun, educational and interactive STEM toys that brings together a host of fascinating items. STEM toys incorporate science, technology, engineering and maths and encourage children to explore and develop a passion for these subjects. The aim of Brainstorm Toys branded products is to entertain children but also to inspire them to learn more about their environment.”

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