Ages 5+

Astronaut Starter Kit


Blast off into STEM learning with this astronaut starter kit! Build and launch a pair of model orbiter spaceships using the power of pumps. Paint a set of model planets, then construct a miniature solar system that really spins. Explore the ins-and-outs of space travel — from the history of space exploration, to the challenges of astronaut training, to amazing facts about life on the International Space Station. Ready for a space adventure that's truly out of this world?

Why it’s awesome

  1. kid launching pretend rocket

    3, 2, 1, blastoff

    Set up a shuttle launch competition and see who can fly higher.

  2. solar system diorama

    Hands-on science

    Explore our solar system through art + engineering.

  3. solar system poster

    Planetary poster

    Discover the size of (and distance to) our closest neighbors.

What’s included?

  • 2 sets of orbiter pieces

  • launch pad set

  • 5 foam sheets

  • 6 straws

  • silicone tube

  • hand pump

  • elbow connector

  • 2 foam tubes

  • base & platform

  • pole

  • 9 spacers

  • plastic ball

  • paint set & paintbrush

  • mess mat

  • 8 foam balls

  • 8 sticks

  • 2 black rings

  • 8 spinners

  • 2 illustrated instruction booklets

  • folder of astronaut information

  • poster

Topics explored

  1. Space flight

  2. Solar system

  3. STEM professions

Additional details

From the desk of the product designer:

Behind the design

Any kid who dreams of becoming an astronaut should start with this kit!

- KiwiCo Product Designer

By the numbers


Mini-shuttle constructions tested


KiwiCo employees who wanted to be astronauts when they were kids

10 ft.

Record for highest mini-shuttle launch



2 reviews



    This was fun for everyone. We all enjoyed painting the planets. My 3 year old likes putting it together in the right order and learning the planets.



    So fun! My son loves space and really enjoyed the activities in this kit.

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