Planetary Blocks makes child's play out of solar system exploration
A new collaboration with The Planetary Society is making space exploration the stuff of child's play.
Planetary Blocks, from Philadelphia design house Chop Shop, collects "20 intriguing bodies from our local celestial neighborhood" and transfers them onto wooden blocks. The solar system set includes eight planets, eight moons, three dwarf planets and one star.
"We hesitate to call these toy blocks because they're designed for more than just kids," writes Chop Shop on its crowdfunding campaign page on the Kickstarter website. "While toddlers will be drawn in by the art of each world, an older child will understand the relative sizes to one another and the vast distances between these worlds."
"But we hope the new data considerations on each block will have curious people of all ages contemplating our celestial neighborhood," writes Chop Shop.