Both of my girls love science, so I am always on the hunt for products to share with them that are not just fun but are educational at the same time. That is why I have become a fan of Learning Resources and have been buying toys and educational products from them since we welcomed Savannah back in 2010. Whenever a birthday or holiday rolls around, I am quick to order a few things from this website to surprise the girls with. And, now that I homeschool, I love finding products like the Primary Science Shining Stars Projector that I can incorporate into a lesson or theme we are learning, and make it more enjoyable
More about this projector:
"It’s a galaxy of stars in the palm of your hand! Young astronomers can explore early space science by beaming images of space onto any surface for a close-up view of stars, planets, and more! Just place the discs into the slot for quick and easy viewing. Features an easy-carry handle, automatic shut-off to conserve battery life, and a stand for projector mode. Includes 3 discs, with 8 images on each (24 images total). Requires 3 AAA batteries, not included. Projector in stand measures 7"H."
Recently, we completed a lesson on astronomy and took a field to Mystic Seaport for their planetarium show. The girls had a blast applying what they learned as they watched the different constellations appear and they could name or trace with their fingers. They thought the planetarium show was the coolest thing. I wanted to recreate this at home, and that is when I stumbled upon this cute shining stars projector.
Not only is this projector the perfect size for the little hands -- it is like a small ball, with a build in notch where kids can put hand in and hold, but it also made out of plastic, so I don't have to worry about an expensive piece of equipment, if they were drop it or bump it off the table. This projector takes 3 AAA batteries, and comes with 3 discs -- they look like ones you would put in a viewmaster. Each of the discs contains 8 images, so you have 24 images in total, making for a fun night under the stars...without having to lay out in the cold, or leave the house. :-)
This is perfect for star gazing who miss not being able to brave the cold fall/winter months, to check out the stars, planets and other wonders up in the sky.
My girls have been having a blast projecting the different images on their bedroom walls, and talking about what they see. They love giving my husband or I mini astronomy lessons based on the images they cast on the wall and what they have learned at school. :-) I love seeing them apply what they learned in school outside of the classroom (well in our case the dining room), and be excited each and every time they talk about things like the planets and astronomy.
When my girls are not having fun going through the different images, they love to choose their favorite and project it on the bedroom wall and fall asleep looking at it. The projector can protect up to 10 feet away, making it perfect for viewing in a child's bedroom. And, with a storage stand, the girls don't have to lay in bed holding the projector. They can set it in the stand and lay down and enjoy the stars, planets, etc.
In addition to the projector, stand and 3 discs of images, you will also find an activity guide in the box that includes fun space facts that you can share with your child. They can learn about outer space while also having fun. :-)
With the holidays fast approaching the Shining Stars Projector from Learning Resources would make a great gift idea for kids who love science of STEM toys especially. But, any child age 3+ would have a blast projecting fun space images on their bedroom walls, or around the house with this fun projector. My girls love it, and always put on shows for their friends who come to play.
Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.