Christmas 2009 Astronomy Gift Ideas for Children

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When kids are younger, astronomy can definitely be a subject of great wonder. Looking up at the sky at night can be a lot of fun as kids look at the moon, stars, and any other celestial bodies that happen to be in view. Of course, finding certain objects in the sky can be a challenge for young people, which is why adult guidance is often helpful. If a child is interested in astronomy, it can be a wonderful subject to encourage, as it may lead to further curiosity as the child grows older. Granted, it may be difficult and rather expensive to equip a child for exploration of deep space. Therefore, buying gifts should be done with a certain amount of practicality. Here are a few ideas on astronomy Christmas gifts for children.

Looking to the skies

If a child does not have something to look through when they are inspecting the night sky, people may think about purchasing them a telescope. This can be a fun gift, and it can give the child a real sense of science and astronomy. What people have to keep in mind is that quality telescopes can be very expensive. Therefore, people should usually think twice before spending too much on a telescope, particularly if the child shows some interest, but not necessarily a deep passion. If people buy a more affordable telescope, they should realize that the child may not be able to see a lot of objects with great clarity.

Pretty pictures

Books are often a good gift when it comes to the subject of astronomy. Oftentimes, large bookstores will have discounted coffee table books that include brilliant pictures of objects in space. Quality picture books are often a great way from astronomy to come alive to a child and in many cases they will also learn facts and information about the bodies that they are looking at in the book. Books are also something that children can continue to enjoy as they get older.


Finally, a good gift for the astronomy-minded student might be tickets to a location where astronomy is featured. This might include a science museum or a planetarium. Granted, this type of gift might be limited to certain urban centers that have those types of locations. If people are a bit farther away, it may be worth a car ride in order to visit this sort of institution. Sometimes a museum or planetarium can really capture the imagination of a child and spur them on to further study.

When children are interested in astronomy, there are a number of gifts that can encourage that interest. What people should keep in mind is that astronomy is a complex science, which includes a lot of mathematics and patient study for those who pursue it as a career. When kids are young, people should give gifts that keep them excited, but also provide opportunities to explore and wonder about the amazing things that they see up in the sky.

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