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With this astronomy kit for kids, build and construct a planetarium to explore the night sky and see how it changes throughout the year. Wire up your planetarium to model the motion of the stars and observe how the night sky changes.

Includes a step-by-step video tutorial link, illustrated blueprint instructions, all the materials, and a special-edition Tinker Zine magazine to learn more!


  • Build the dome
  • Build the stand
  • Put it all together!

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    MMOm09, Jul 12, 2020

    he loved it

    The kit was fantastic, and he loved putting it together. He LOVED going into a dark room to run a star show . There are several things that should be improved: 1 - the foam stickers barely held on, and the planetarium pieces constantly threatened to come off the ring - I ended up using scotch tape to tape them all down while he moved on to building the other pieces. 2 - the kit is great, but he could not find information on which constellations were which anywhere, not even on the tinkerzine (I checked - nada)- and I tried to find a printable, but it hasn't been so easy (still haven't succeeded) - it would be great if a one-pager with labeled constellations (just the ones on the planetarium) were provided, so he could identify the constellations in his 'star show'.

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    Norma, Jun 19, 2020

    Loved it

    This was a fun kit and we used it as a nightlight for a while afterwards.

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    Aly, Mar 5, 2020

    Stargazing family time!

    This crate led to a lot more family time once we decided to start star gazing at night! We did more research on th concepts we learned and went outside to explore more.

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    Brett, Feb 12, 2020

    Tinkering on

    Being a Tinkerer myself, I found this crate to be a great hands-on learning experience for my child. She was able to see how the sky changes throughout the night!

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    Amber, Feb 4, 2020

    Easy astronomy

    Another great activity from Tinker Crate! Astronomy is a subject that has so many topics, but being able to specify how the sky changes throughout the year through specific niche topics was excuted very well.

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    Patty, Feb 2, 2020

    Solar System facts

    Not only did he get to work his engineering skills while building, but he also got to explore space and learn about the sky and solar system.

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    Izzy, Dec 4, 2019

    Kid-friendly science

    Tinker Crate is able to take complicated, grown up concepts and explain it easily to kids. He was able to fully explain latitude and longitude plus star navigation to me afterwards.

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    Cassidy, Oct 10, 2019

    Jaw dropping

    The way the planetarium lit up was such a cool and jaw dropping experience for my kid. He was so happy to see it come together and learn more about space!

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    Danielle, Sep 30, 2019

    latitude and longitude

    Learning about Latitude and Longitude was her favorite part to learn about in this crate. We did a lot more research about it after we were done building.

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    Trenton, Sep 3, 2019

    Out of this world

    This crate is "out of this world". Seeing my daughter build the planetarium and learn the different astronomical concepts was absolutely amazing! She loved the space theme.

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    Moore, Aug 14, 2019

    Lights up the room!

    We loved seeing the finished project and how it was able to light up the room! THe planetarium was an awesome project.

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    Julie, Aug 8, 2019

    Instructional video was very helpful

    The planetarium was such a fun build. The step by step tutorial helped her ensure along the way that she was building it correctly.

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