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Outer Space Adventure

Outer Space Adventure

Spring 2012 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: DuneCraft, Inc
Price: $24.99

What child doesn't like aliens and everything "outer space"? Well, there's no need to take a space-ship ride to find untamed alien terrain. With Outer Space Adventure, you can grow wild, out-of-this world plants right in your bedroom, right here on earth. The whole set is fairly easy to assemble, and kids will be excited to watch the seeds grow. The planter bucket is a little flimsy, especially for kids who like to touch it a little too much as they pretend it is a planet from outer space. However, this is a great tool to help teach patience, and how it may take a while for plants to grow (even in space). The instruction packet that comes with the set is full of fun facts, and the set prompts many questions about space, science, and how plants grow. The cover gives the set a greenhouse effect to help the plants grow into a beautiful, "spacey" terrarium that looks great in the kids' bedroom (and will look even better once they've all grown in). Once they grow in, the plants take on shapes of space ships, and (my kids' favorite part) the "moon rocks" even glow in the dark! If your kids love watching things grow, I would absolutely recommend this outer space terrarium!

Melissa Strunc   ©2012 Parents' Choice

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