The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon by Neil Armstrong in 1969

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children
That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

No prizes for guessing who said that (it was astronaut Neil Armstrong, by the way). The immortal line spoken on 20th July 1969 as the first human stepped onto the Moon. This was 50 years ago! We know, can you believe it?

Followed by Buzz Aldrin who became the second man to land on the moon that historic day. We now know the actual first word’s said on the moon were “the Eagle has landed” but, the above infamous line was then said when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon’s surface. They explored the moon for less than three hours, collecting 22 kilograms of rocks for study back on earth. When they returned to earth (in a command module spacecraft powered by Michael Collins) they were all welcomed home as celebrities, and international heroes.

To celebrate this monumental day we’ve rounded up 50 – yes 50 – gorgeous, out-of-this-stratophere gorgeous space themed fashion pieces, interior buys, cool toys and interstellar books for babies and children.

Ready? 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….Blast off!

1. A great biography packed with little-known trivia, fascinating facts and lively illustrations ideal for children aged 8-10 years. >> Trailblazers: Neil Armstrong by Alex Woolf  £6.99 (Stripes Publishing)

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2. Prepare for take-off… with this cool fuelled backpack, ideal for any mini mission. >> JetPack Backpack £30 Science Museum Shop

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3. To infinity and beyond! Create an amazing space scene in bedrooms and playrooms with these eco-friendly space rocket wall stickers. >> KOKO KIDS Space Rockets Fabric Wall Stickers £36 Not On The High Street

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4. When space (sorry) is of a premium this quick, handy toy storage bags can bring a bedroom back down to earth in a jiffy. >> PLAY & GO ‘Mini’ Toy Storage Bag in Space print £14.95 Bobby Rabbit

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5. A cool biodegradable bamboo fibre space printed dinner set that will ensure little ones clean their plates in record time. >> Space Age Bamboo Tableware (set Of 5) £15.95 Rex London

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6. Get them ready for training with this logo sweat. >> Fabric Flavours Grey NASA Logo Sweatshirt £32 Alex & Alexa

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7. An innovative activity board book  with press-out pieces can be simply slotted together to create a host of intergalactic characters. Also ideas to make asteroid cakes and crafts, including blast-off rocket and space wrapping paper. >>Make and Play: Space by Joey Chou £7.75 (Nosy Crow)

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8. Babies don’t have to miss out on all the action with these space themed teethers. >> Loullou Teething rinsg in wood from £21 each Smallable

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9. A stylish astronaut print for any space-mad kids room. >> Dreaming of Space by Tracie Andrews Framed Print from £40 Next

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10. Budding astronauts can decorate both the inside and outside of this eco cardboard rocket before zooming off for a mini (earth-friendly) adventure. >> 3WM LTD Paperpod Rocket Brown £24.95 Not on the High Street

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11. Send babies off into a dreamy slumber with this cute retro printed bodysuit. >> Powell Craft Baby White Space Bodyvest, £15 Childrensalon

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12.  A school bag that will help any kid reach for the (gold) stars. >> Jeune Premier It Bag – Midi phosphorescent Space Rainbow £112 Melijoe

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The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

13. Perfect for budding astronaut’s bedrooms, this duvet set is printed with a photographic rocket design that will rocket them off to sleep in no time… >> Snurk Rocket Duvet Set from £49 Amara

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

14. Or, if being an Astronaut is more their thing then this alternative design will ensure they are ready to launch…into a sleepy state! >> Snurk Astronaut Duvet Set from £49 Amara

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

15. A wonderful anniversary book telling the story of the Apollo Missions. From the 1969 first moon landing to the amazing rescue of Apollo 13, each chapter tells the story of a different mission. Perfect title for any child who has ever looked up at the moon and wondered what it might be like to go there. Recommend for age 7+. >> When We Walked on the Moon: Discover the Dangers, Disasters, and Triumphs of Every Moon Mission by David Long and Sam Kalda, £15 (Wide Eyed Editions)

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

16. Little astronauts will love this eco wooden space station play set to helps encourage interest for astrology and science, as well as endless fun and creative role play. >> Life on Mars Set £54.95 ThreadBear Design

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

17. The cutest little jumper to buy now and save for colder days. >> Stella McCartney  Space Shuttle Jumper £82 Liberty London

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

18. Fun temporary tattoos with added sparkle. >> Space tattoos £2 Meri Meri

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

19. A cute little plastic-free craft for boys and girls. >> Make Your Own Rocket wand £2.65 Cotton Twist

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

20. What child doesn’t love some fun socks? These space ones get our seal of approval. >> Boys’ Space Socks, Pack of 5, from £6 John Lewis & Partners

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

21. Ready for lift off? They will be with this cute little wooden rocket with strong, embedded magnets making it easy to assemble and pull apart the 5 chunky pieces. Includes a jolly little man ready for blast off! >> Janod magnetic Rocket £16.99, Mulberry Bush

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

22. A beautiful moon and stars print for nurseries or playrooms by Rory and The Bean >>Moon in Space A3 Print £25 Bobby Rabbit

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

23. Take meals up a notch with this cool compartment style dinner tray >> DOIY Design Space Dinner Set, from a select at Amazon 

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

24. Kids will love this kit that includes making glow-in-the-dark constellation models, building a telescope, experimenting with shadows and creating their own solar system. >> Galt STEM Space Lab, £12.99 

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

25. Head for the stars with this stationery kit including a spaceship eraser, two pencils, a four colour pen and a countdown 15cm ruler.>> SUCK Space Stationery Set £7.50 John Lewis

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

26.  Designed to help young children develop their counting, observation and pen control skills, and the durable wipe-clean pages means this activity book can be enjoyed again and again. >> Usborne Wipe-Clean Space Activities £5.99 Amazon

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

27. A cute reusable bottle for every adventure. >> Space Age Kids Water Bottle £6.95 Rex London

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

28. What else are you going to step on the moon in? >> MOON BOOT Sequined fur-lined ankle boots – Moon Boot Pulse Z rom £67 Melijoe

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29. A portable little magnetic dress up and play tin set with two scenes and more than 25 pieces for hours of imaginative adventure on the move. >> Petit Collage Space Bound Magnetic Dress Up £12 Wild & Wolf

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

30. A truly out-of -this world unisex sweater – we love! >> Fabric Flavours Black Out Of This World Space Sweatshirt £50 Alex and Alexa

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

31. A small, chunky push and pull book for mini space explorers. >> Science Museum First Explorers Astronauts £4.99 Science Museum Shop

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

32. Young or old – this NASA-inspired rocket launch set containing 837 pieces will supply hours of fun and learning. >> LEGO City 60228 Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control £87.99 John Lewis

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

33. Let them explore the galaxy … if only in their dreams! This cute cushion will liven up any bed. >> Space Cushion £19.50 Marks & Spencer

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

34. Perfect for school trips, weekend away… and any other out-of-this-world adventures. >> Rocket Bag £19 Next

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

35.  A baby essential in a gorgeous galactic print. >> Silky Soft Swaddle in Stargaze – Orbit £17 aden + anais

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36. Kids will have hours of fun riding their own jet plane. A groovy, step-into silver costume that comes with an adjustable harness and two detachable red torpedoes. >> Dress Up by Design Ride-In Silver Jet Costume £30 Childrensalon

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

37. Somewhere over the rainbow way up high… you’ll find Miss Moon, gently snoozing amongst the stars (or, safely on your wall). >> Rose in April Miss Moon Wall Light, £42 Bobby Rabbit

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38. Bring out their inner artist with this creative and entertaining space craft kit. >> Mould & Paint Glow In The Dark Space Kit £10.99 John Lewis

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

39. This print is a collaboration between Mado and Soft Gallery, and for all space lovers – big and small. >> Mado Space Traveller Print £26 Smallable

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

40. When they need to come back down to earth – this calming puzzle set becomes their very own 3D solar system. >>Ravenburger Solar System – Eight 3D Puzzles Jigsaw Puzzle £44.99 Jigsaw Puzzles Direct

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41. A gorgeous large rug that means they can literally step on the moon. >> Space Rug £140 Great Little Trading Co.

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

42. Will liven up those scooter trips in no time. >> Retro Rocket Patterned Bell £7.95 Micro Scooter

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

43. Add a professional touch to those space suits with these space themed iron-on patches. >> Space Voyager Patches £6.25 for pack of 2 Meri Meri

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

44. Lighten up those missions to mars… or the stars! >> Space Age Rocket Night Light £5.95 Rex London

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45. Little space explorers will adore this fabulous ride-on rocket – made of pearly white metal with black rubber tyres for speedy missions. >> Ride on Rocket £57 The Little White Company 

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

46.  A great little game to enhance those fine motor skills. >> Djeco Skill Game Tap Tap Space £23 Smallable

The Space Race: 50 out of this world buys for children

47. Meet hilarious, science-mad chatterbox, Rocket – she’s going to be the greatest astronaut, star-catcher, space-traveller that has ever lived! But… can she convince her big brother to stop looking down at his phone and start LOOKING UP at the stars? >> Look Up! £5.65 by Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola (Puffin Books) Amazon

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48. This luxury kids astronaut suit will transform any budding star gazer into a fully fledged space explorer. >> Kids Astronaut Costume – Cosmonaut Space Explorer Suit from £214 Atelier Spatz

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49. Dreaming of faraway lunar landings? This luminous set of glow-in-the-dark pyjamas will light them all the way home! Glow-In-The-Dark Space Pyjamas Multi Lunar Landing from £22 Boden

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50. And, if you made it all the way to the end of this list, then something just for you! Relax, drift off and reach for the stars with these ultimate in pampering – self-heating masks>> Spacemask £15 for box of 5

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