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Home-Grown Are Always Best

We’d start with triops, lovely little crustacean-ettes with compound eyes that have been around since Triassic days. You pick the Ghost Triops, see-through honeys, or the larger Gigantic Triops, the biggest of the triops which is gigantic among lesser beasts. In both cases you get eggs, baby and adult food, and a pipette. You add a bright light source, bottled natural spring water and a small tank. They hatch in a day or three, are full grown in a month or so, and have a life-cycle of up to 90 days.  Ages 8+.

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GIGANTIC TRIOPS

Home-Grown Are Always Best

We’d start with triops, lovely little crustacean-ettes with compound eyes that have been around since Triassic days. You pick the Ghost Triops, see-through honeys, or the larger Gigantic Triops, the biggest of the triops which is gigantic among lesser beasts. In both cases you get eggs, baby and adult food, and a pipette. You add a bright light source, bottled natural spring water and a small tank. They hatch in a day or three, are full grown in a month or so, and have a life-cycle of up to 90 days.  Ages 8+.

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$6.95 EACH

Lay Siege To The Doghouse!

Right after you build your own working medieval catapult or trebuchet. All you’ll need is glue, scissors and a steady hand (plus a small bag of marbles or rocks or something as a counterweight for the trebuchet) to construct these wooden, Canadian-made siege engine kits. The catapult stands 6” tall x 5” wide x 10” long and will toss assorted stuff 15 feet or farther, depending upon the stuff. The finished trebuchet will be 26” long x 18” wide x 24” tall and will propel small objects (meatballs?) 20 feet or more. Both include detailed instructions and are great resources for STEM activities. For ages 9+. Note: Please don’t propel small mammals, and please don’t put anyone’s eye out.

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WOODEN MODEL TREBUCHET KIT

Lay Siege To The Doghouse!

Right after you build your own working medieval catapult or trebuchet. All you’ll need is glue, scissors and a steady hand (plus a small bag of marbles or rocks or something as a counterweight for the trebuchet) to construct these wooden, Canadian-made siege engine kits. The catapult stands 6” tall x 5” wide x 10” long and will toss assorted stuff 15 feet or farther, depending upon the stuff. The finished trebuchet will be 26” long x 18” wide x 24” tall and will propel small objects (meatballs?) 20 feet or more. Both include detailed instructions and are great resources for STEM activities. For ages 9+. Note: Please don’t propel small mammals, and please don’t put anyone’s eye out.

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KEEP YOUR ANTS DOWN ON THE FARM

A Classic 6" x 8-1/2" x 3/8" Ant Farm. The ants will live between two parallel sheets of clear plastic and you will be able to watch them build their tunnels and chambers. Complete with sand and instruction booklet on the care, feeding watering and watching of your pet ants. Stands upright on its own base and includes an escape proof cover. Assuming you want live pets, you just order them online using the included code and weather permitting, the ant man will ship a small vial of the little critters straight to you. Comes with clear plastic tubing to create your own runways or buy multiples and connect them for your very own ant city. 

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CLASSIC ANT FARM

KEEP YOUR ANTS DOWN ON THE FARM

A Classic 6" x 8-1/2" x 3/8" Ant Farm. The ants will live between two parallel sheets of clear plastic and you will be able to watch them build their tunnels and chambers. Complete with sand and instruction booklet on the care, feeding watering and watching of your pet ants. Stands upright on its own base and includes an escape proof cover. Assuming you want live pets, you just order them online using the included code and weather permitting, the ant man will ship a small vial of the little critters straight to you. Comes with clear plastic tubing to create your own runways or buy multiples and connect them for your very own ant city. 

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$19.95 EACH

Need A Hand?

Build one yourself and learn about pneumatic and hydraulic technology in the process. The Thames & Kosmos® Mega Cyborg Hand kit is 2020 Astra Best Toys for Kids winner comes with a (52)-page color manual, (203) pieces and (5) experiments. The detachable thumb makes it left- or right-handed, although it's always going to have just (3) fingers, which is all robotic paws really need. Hand is adjustable to 160 degrees, and every finger adjusts to different angles, too, for precision movement. Control knob allows for up to 70-degree extension. No motors or batteries needed—just hydraulics and your own hand. You add some common household tools for assembly. Ages 7+..


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PNEUMATIC HYDRAULIC ROBOTIC HAND KIT

Need A Hand?

Build one yourself and learn about pneumatic and hydraulic technology in the process. The Thames & Kosmos® Mega Cyborg Hand kit is 2020 Astra Best Toys for Kids winner comes with a (52)-page color manual, (203) pieces and (5) experiments. The detachable thumb makes it left- or right-handed, although it's always going to have just (3) fingers, which is all robotic paws really need. Hand is adjustable to 160 degrees, and every finger adjusts to different angles, too, for precision movement. Control knob allows for up to 70-degree extension. No motors or batteries needed—just hydraulics and your own hand. You add some common household tools for assembly. Ages 7+..


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$44.95 EACH

Oscillation By Repulsion

Could be a new line of cologne, but in fact, it’s a clever kinetic action demo kit called Wave Wires® with magnets marked for polarity, and mounted on (4) 8-1/2” long wires attached to a 4-1/4” square steel base. Includes a dozen 1/2” dia steel disc weights, an acrylic ring and an 8-page activity booklet. The attraction/repulsion magnetic properties cause the magnets to swing on top of the wires like old-time circus acrobats. Ages 8-14. Really cool, if we don’t say so ourselves.

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WAVE WIRES® MAGNET DEMO KIT

Oscillation By Repulsion

Could be a new line of cologne, but in fact, it’s a clever kinetic action demo kit called Wave Wires® with magnets marked for polarity, and mounted on (4) 8-1/2” long wires attached to a 4-1/4” square steel base. Includes a dozen 1/2” dia steel disc weights, an acrylic ring and an 8-page activity booklet. The attraction/repulsion magnetic properties cause the magnets to swing on top of the wires like old-time circus acrobats. Ages 8-14. Really cool, if we don’t say so ourselves.

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$14.95 EACH

Amusement Park Engineering

This amazing STEM kit from Thames & Kosmos explores physics in a fun, visual way that’s like a day in the park—the amusement park. Kids design and build working roller coaster models, and conduct hands-on physics experiments to learn about force, motion, energy and friction. They can complete challenges to build coasters of different shapes and sizes, and then let adjustable-weight cars scream through the tracks. Includes a durable, re-usable building system that’s easy to assemble and take apart. Contains (305) pieces and (20) experiments in a (32)-page, full-color manual, which includes engineering design challenges and a wealth of information on designing coasters. For ages 6+ with help, or 8+ for kids who want to try it alone. !WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD–Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.


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Roller Coaster Designer Kit

Amusement Park Engineering

This amazing STEM kit from Thames & Kosmos explores physics in a fun, visual way that’s like a day in the park—the amusement park. Kids design and build working roller coaster models, and conduct hands-on physics experiments to learn about force, motion, energy and friction. They can complete challenges to build coasters of different shapes and sizes, and then let adjustable-weight cars scream through the tracks. Includes a durable, re-usable building system that’s easy to assemble and take apart. Contains (305) pieces and (20) experiments in a (32)-page, full-color manual, which includes engineering design challenges and a wealth of information on designing coasters. For ages 6+ with help, or 8+ for kids who want to try it alone. !WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD–Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.


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$49.95 EACH

Lego® Of My Gadgets

This Lego® set from Klutz has (58) pieces, including gear wheels, bricks, axles and connectors to build (11) gadgets, including a claw, catapult, assorted vehicles, robots, a fan and a hand-held blender thingy. Includes a 78-page manual with detailed instructions and a plethora of punch-out paper parts for added verisimilitude. For ages 8+, or anyone else who knows what plethora and verisimilitude mean.

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58-PIECE LEGO® GADGET KIT WITH MANUAL

Lego® Of My Gadgets

This Lego® set from Klutz has (58) pieces, including gear wheels, bricks, axles and connectors to build (11) gadgets, including a claw, catapult, assorted vehicles, robots, a fan and a hand-held blender thingy. Includes a 78-page manual with detailed instructions and a plethora of punch-out paper parts for added verisimilitude. For ages 8+, or anyone else who knows what plethora and verisimilitude mean.

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$24.99 EACH

Diving Submarine

Back in the days when technology was a good guy, and cereal boxes came with real toys, kids got diving submarines that they charged with baking powder and played with in the bath tub. Now kids can have the same fun again. We have found a (gray!) submarine, about 4-1/2" long, that can dive and surface up to a dozen times with a single charge of the baking powder that you get to supply. Comes with instructions and made in the USA.

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UNDERSEA EXPLORER DIVING SUBMARINE

Diving Submarine

Back in the days when technology was a good guy, and cereal boxes came with real toys, kids got diving submarines that they charged with baking powder and played with in the bath tub. Now kids can have the same fun again. We have found a (gray!) submarine, about 4-1/2" long, that can dive and surface up to a dozen times with a single charge of the baking powder that you get to supply. Comes with instructions and made in the USA.

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$4.95 EACH

Arrowcopter

Shoot one of these little plastic arrow-helicopter-rotor gismos straight up with the included rubber band launcher and watch it soar as far as 300 feet! A fun outdoor toy that grows in sophistication as you learn how to adjust the arrowcopter for wind conditions and flight patterns: distance, return, circular descent etc. Our "each" contains a package of two (2). Recommended for kids over the age of 9.

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RUBBER BAND LAUNCH ARROW COPTER

Arrowcopter

Shoot one of these little plastic arrow-helicopter-rotor gismos straight up with the included rubber band launcher and watch it soar as far as 300 feet! A fun outdoor toy that grows in sophistication as you learn how to adjust the arrowcopter for wind conditions and flight patterns: distance, return, circular descent etc. Our "each" contains a package of two (2). Recommended for kids over the age of 9.

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$8.50 EACH

Platinum Toy!

The “I Dig It! Fossils” kit was the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio’s Platinum Award winner in 2018, and we think it's still a winner because fossils are really old anyway, and never go out of style. Unlike all the u-dig-’em-up fossil kits out there, this one features real fossils, in multiples. A color manual includes intros to fossils and paleontology, with instructions on making a grid and working slowly with the included metal-tip chisel, weighted hammer/pick and sponge. Fossils include snails and snail aggregate, stony coral, shark teeth and pre-amber resin. From Thames & Kosmos® and for ages 7+, especially those interested in how the pros do it.

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REAL FOSSIL EXCAVATION KIT

Platinum Toy!

The “I Dig It! Fossils” kit was the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio’s Platinum Award winner in 2018, and we think it's still a winner because fossils are really old anyway, and never go out of style. Unlike all the u-dig-’em-up fossil kits out there, this one features real fossils, in multiples. A color manual includes intros to fossils and paleontology, with instructions on making a grid and working slowly with the included metal-tip chisel, weighted hammer/pick and sponge. Fossils include snails and snail aggregate, stony coral, shark teeth and pre-amber resin. From Thames & Kosmos® and for ages 7+, especially those interested in how the pros do it.

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$9.95 EACH

Poof-You’re A Magician!

You can’t start fooling people too early. This box of tricks is for budding magicians, and includes the props and instructions for (77) tricks. Includes a magic wand, without which you can’t be a magician, plus assorted cups, balls, cards and coin-trick frames. You add a few things like money, a handkerchief, gullible friends, etc. For ages 6+.

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MAGIC SET WITH 77 TRICKS

Poof-You’re A Magician!

You can’t start fooling people too early. This box of tricks is for budding magicians, and includes the props and instructions for (77) tricks. Includes a magic wand, without which you can’t be a magician, plus assorted cups, balls, cards and coin-trick frames. You add a few things like money, a handkerchief, gullible friends, etc. For ages 6+.

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$24.95 EACH

Is That Water Good?

Water, water, everywhere, and lots of it to test. This educational Global Water Quality Experiment Kit from Thames & Kosmos has (8) different experiments, all focused on water filtration and why it’s necessary. Includes a number of small plastic cups, pH strips, a pipette, straw, popsicle stick, labels for the experiments, garden cress seeds, 200g of sand, and a balloon. Made in Germany. Ages 8+. ! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD–Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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THAMES & KOSMOS WATER QUALITY EXPERIMENT KIT

Is That Water Good?

Water, water, everywhere, and lots of it to test. This educational Global Water Quality Experiment Kit from Thames & Kosmos has (8) different experiments, all focused on water filtration and why it’s necessary. Includes a number of small plastic cups, pH strips, a pipette, straw, popsicle stick, labels for the experiments, garden cress seeds, 200g of sand, and a balloon. Made in Germany. Ages 8+. ! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD–Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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$9.50 EACH
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SOLAR ROBOT ASSEMBLY KIT
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Create Robots While You Can

Someday all robots will be powered by the sun, and they won’t have people to get in their way. Until then, we’re still in charge. Show them who’s boss by building one of them. This (190)-piece Solar Robot Creation Kit lets you assemble (12) different kinds of bot configurations that walk, roll, crawl, row or otherwise locomote using the power of the sun, which they will one day harness in-full. Includes a solar panel, motor, gears, (100+) plastic body pieces, a nail file for cleanup, and illustrated instructions. Ages 8+. ! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD–Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs

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SOLAR ROBOT ASSEMBLY KIT

Create Robots While You Can

Someday all robots will be powered by the sun, and they won’t have people to get in their way. Until then, we’re still in charge. Show them who’s boss by building one of them. This (190)-piece Solar Robot Creation Kit lets you assemble (12) different kinds of bot configurations that walk, roll, crawl, row or otherwise locomote using the power of the sun, which they will one day harness in-full. Includes a solar panel, motor, gears, (100+) plastic body pieces, a nail file for cleanup, and illustrated instructions. Ages 8+. ! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD–Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs

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$14.50 EACH

Shark! Oh Wait, It’s Just A Fossil…

Let your kids time-travel at the kitchen table as they moisten and dig into an egg to discover a shark hidden inside. This kit, from the aptly named Discovery Kit, features a plastic glow-in-the-dark shark approx 3-1/4" x 2" and while it's not an actual fossil, the experience and fun of fossil hunting are the same. Digging tools included. Bathing suits optional. Ages 3+.

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GLOW IN THE DARK SHARK FOSSIL KIT

Shark! Oh Wait, It’s Just A Fossil…

Let your kids time-travel at the kitchen table as they moisten and dig into an egg to discover a shark hidden inside. This kit, from the aptly named Discovery Kit, features a plastic glow-in-the-dark shark approx 3-1/4" x 2" and while it's not an actual fossil, the experience and fun of fossil hunting are the same. Digging tools included. Bathing suits optional. Ages 3+.

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$3.95 EACH

BE A LESSER LES PAUL

Rockers with an electronics bent will love this kit. You construct a 4-string tenor guitar, complete with on-board amp. Measures 20" long when finished. You assemble the neck and body, wind the pickup and wire the amp. Includes a 15-page manual with assembly instructions, playing tips and chords. The tuning is DGBE, known as guitar tuning, Chicago tuning or baritone smokeless tuning, but others are possible. Think jazz, dixieland, jug band and bunch of other funky fun. You add a couple "AA" batteries. From Jr. Scientist™ for ages 8+.

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MINI ELECTRIC GUITAR KIT

BE A LESSER LES PAUL

Rockers with an electronics bent will love this kit. You construct a 4-string tenor guitar, complete with on-board amp. Measures 20" long when finished. You assemble the neck and body, wind the pickup and wire the amp. Includes a 15-page manual with assembly instructions, playing tips and chords. The tuning is DGBE, known as guitar tuning, Chicago tuning or baritone smokeless tuning, but others are possible. Think jazz, dixieland, jug band and bunch of other funky fun. You add a couple "AA" batteries. From Jr. Scientist™ for ages 8+.

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$29.50 EACH

U Up For Ugears?

UGears® is the model company that specializes is wooden steampunk versions of otherwise simple objects, perfect for perfectionist painstakers who revel in constructing complicated kits. (You know who you are.) In this case, you pick: the (43) piece Steampunk Clock, a beautiful collection of gears, lacy ornament, flowers, stars and a moon that you make into an imitation clock approx 2" x 3" x 5" when done; or the Wheel Organizer, the world's most delightfully complicated desktop pencil and pen holder. The (51) parts include wheels, gears and slots that deliver the pencil of choice when you turn the big ship-like wheel. Finished model will be 4-1/3" x 3-1/2" x 3-2/3". No glue or special tools needed, and you can paint or stain them if you like.

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UGEARS STEAMPUNK CLOCK WOODEN MODEL KIT

U Up For Ugears?

UGears® is the model company that specializes is wooden steampunk versions of otherwise simple objects, perfect for perfectionist painstakers who revel in constructing complicated kits. (You know who you are.) In this case, you pick: the (43) piece Steampunk Clock, a beautiful collection of gears, lacy ornament, flowers, stars and a moon that you make into an imitation clock approx 2" x 3" x 5" when done; or the Wheel Organizer, the world's most delightfully complicated desktop pencil and pen holder. The (51) parts include wheels, gears and slots that deliver the pencil of choice when you turn the big ship-like wheel. Finished model will be 4-1/3" x 3-1/2" x 3-2/3". No glue or special tools needed, and you can paint or stain them if you like.

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IT'S PLANE SIMPLE

What’s the worst part of throwing a paper airplane, besides the teacher catching you? Consistently and repeatably launching them! With this 2019 Creative Child Award Product of the Year winner, budding engineers can design, build and scientifically test their designs. The 16” long handheld wooden launcher uses foam pads and rubber-bands to send balsa, paper, cardboard, styrofoam and straw planes skyward. Adjust the thruster strength and launch angle to test with scientific accuracy and gain friendly bragging rights. Kit includes a 20-page booklet with plane designs and ideas, paper and card stock. A fun S.T.E.A.M. kit for indoor/outdoor use and intended for 14+.

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SKY SURFER AIRPLANE LAUNCHER KIT

IT'S PLANE SIMPLE

What’s the worst part of throwing a paper airplane, besides the teacher catching you? Consistently and repeatably launching them! With this 2019 Creative Child Award Product of the Year winner, budding engineers can design, build and scientifically test their designs. The 16” long handheld wooden launcher uses foam pads and rubber-bands to send balsa, paper, cardboard, styrofoam and straw planes skyward. Adjust the thruster strength and launch angle to test with scientific accuracy and gain friendly bragging rights. Kit includes a 20-page booklet with plane designs and ideas, paper and card stock. A fun S.T.E.A.M. kit for indoor/outdoor use and intended for 14+.

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$19.95 EACH

Box of Rocks

About 30-40 highly polished stones, all shiny, translucent, or brightly colored, ranging from 3/4" long to 1/8" long. Great for mosaics, jewelry, or aquariums.

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BRIGHTLY COLORED POLISHED GEMSTONES

Box of Rocks

About 30-40 highly polished stones, all shiny, translucent, or brightly colored, ranging from 3/4" long to 1/8" long. Great for mosaics, jewelry, or aquariums.

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$3.95 EACH
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