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Build Your Own Thrill Ride

This 79-piece Roller Coaster construction kit features (40) challenges with (4) degrees of difficulty, and has, the manufacturer says, “more than 100,000 unique building possibilities,” which ought to tie up the little buggers for a while. Includes track and post pieces, and challenge cards. For ages 6+.

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ROLLER COASTER CONSTRUCTION KIT

Build Your Own Thrill Ride

This 79-piece Roller Coaster construction kit features (40) challenges with (4) degrees of difficulty, and has, the manufacturer says, “more than 100,000 unique building possibilities,” which ought to tie up the little buggers for a while. Includes track and post pieces, and challenge cards. For ages 6+.

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$29.95 EACH

Magnetic Money Fun

This highly instructive and fun Expanded 4th Edition kit from the UK teaches magnetic polarity using a pair of powerful 3-3/8" x 1" sq magnets, (32) newly minted British pennies (20-1 pence, 5-2 pence, 6-5 pence, 1-10 pence) and (1) not-so-new U.S. penny just to prove that their pennies are magnetic and ours aren't. Includes a 77-page booklet with (44) experiments and activities. From Brunel University, The Institute of Physics and The Royal Institution, London. 

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MAGIC MAGNETIC UK PENNIES KIT

Magnetic Money Fun

This highly instructive and fun Expanded 4th Edition kit from the UK teaches magnetic polarity using a pair of powerful 3-3/8" x 1" sq magnets, (32) newly minted British pennies (20-1 pence, 5-2 pence, 6-5 pence, 1-10 pence) and (1) not-so-new U.S. penny just to prove that their pennies are magnetic and ours aren't. Includes a 77-page booklet with (44) experiments and activities. From Brunel University, The Institute of Physics and The Royal Institution, London. 

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$21.95 EACH

Hungarian Horntail Vs. Dementor

This 50-page book has the materials and plans for making a total of (11) Harry Potter fliers, including the above-mentioned plus the Chinese Fireball, Harry and Draco Quidditch, the Golden Snitch, Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback, Hedwig the Snowy Owl, Fawkes the Phoenix and Gringotts Dragon. Includes lavish illustrations and a flight log.

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HARRY POTTER PAPER AIRPLANE BOOK

Hungarian Horntail Vs. Dementor

This 50-page book has the materials and plans for making a total of (11) Harry Potter fliers, including the above-mentioned plus the Chinese Fireball, Harry and Draco Quidditch, the Golden Snitch, Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback, Hedwig the Snowy Owl, Fawkes the Phoenix and Gringotts Dragon. Includes lavish illustrations and a flight log.

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$19.95 EACH

Leaks Like A Sieve

It leaks like a sieve because it is a sieve. And a big'un at 13-1/4" top diameter with a reinforced stainless steel screen at 11" across on the bottom. Fits nicely on a 5 gallon bucket. CJ says it's for mineral panning or archaeological fieldwork, but some of us think it's from a lost 5-foot tall Mr. Coffee. With a mesh size of 1/20", we'd use it to pan for gold.

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LARGE PANNING SIEVE

Leaks Like A Sieve

It leaks like a sieve because it is a sieve. And a big'un at 13-1/4" top diameter with a reinforced stainless steel screen at 11" across on the bottom. Fits nicely on a 5 gallon bucket. CJ says it's for mineral panning or archaeological fieldwork, but some of us think it's from a lost 5-foot tall Mr. Coffee. With a mesh size of 1/20", we'd use it to pan for gold.

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$10.95 EACH

How Does It Work?

Why does it do that? Develop an elemental understanding of magnetism, electromagnetism, electrochemistry, radio, thermodynamics, light and optics. Simon Quellen Field's 228-page paperback, Gonzo Gizmos, Projects & Devices to Channel your Inner Geek explains processes, equipment and scientific terms -- and then, for starters, tells you things like how to make a rotary steam engine in 15 minutes from a soda can, a candle and a few scraps of rubber tubing. It's the favorite of our resident geeks -- but not for kids unless they're working with an adult. That would be a mature adult. An insured, mature adult.

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GONZO GIZMOS BOOK

How Does It Work?

Why does it do that? Develop an elemental understanding of magnetism, electromagnetism, electrochemistry, radio, thermodynamics, light and optics. Simon Quellen Field's 228-page paperback, Gonzo Gizmos, Projects & Devices to Channel your Inner Geek explains processes, equipment and scientific terms -- and then, for starters, tells you things like how to make a rotary steam engine in 15 minutes from a soda can, a candle and a few scraps of rubber tubing. It's the favorite of our resident geeks -- but not for kids unless they're working with an adult. That would be a mature adult. An insured, mature adult.

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$16.95 EACH

Sunprint Kit

Sunprints (or cyanotypes, or photograms) are everyone's favorite photo-sensitivity experiment, from third-graders to graphic artists and fine artists. You pick: The Sunprinters are a dozen 3-15/16" square sheets of photosensitive paper, an acrylic backing sheet and instructions. The large Sunprint Kit has (15) sheets of 12" x 7-3/4" photosensitive paper plus a clear acrylic sheet of the same size. Great for classroom demonstrations, and can be used to make prints from photo negatives as well as interesting effects from opaque or translucent objects. All you add is sunshine and water.

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PHOTOSENSITIVE SUNPRINT PAPER KIT, LARGE

Sunprint Kit

Sunprints (or cyanotypes, or photograms) are everyone's favorite photo-sensitivity experiment, from third-graders to graphic artists and fine artists. You pick: The Sunprinters are a dozen 3-15/16" square sheets of photosensitive paper, an acrylic backing sheet and instructions. The large Sunprint Kit has (15) sheets of 12" x 7-3/4" photosensitive paper plus a clear acrylic sheet of the same size. Great for classroom demonstrations, and can be used to make prints from photo negatives as well as interesting effects from opaque or translucent objects. All you add is sunshine and water.

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The Climbing Bot

Call it the Tenzing Norgay of fridge magnets--and remember that no kitchen can be called complete without a robot crawling up the refrigerator door. This fun and easy-to-assemble bot measures 5-5/8” long x 4-3/8” wide x 2-3/4” tall, and to prove its versatility it will also crawl up file cabinets and over obstacles in its path on the floor or tabletop. You should bring a pair of “AA” batteries and a screwdriver to the party.

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CLIMBING ROBOT MAGNET KIT

The Climbing Bot

Call it the Tenzing Norgay of fridge magnets--and remember that no kitchen can be called complete without a robot crawling up the refrigerator door. This fun and easy-to-assemble bot measures 5-5/8” long x 4-3/8” wide x 2-3/4” tall, and to prove its versatility it will also crawl up file cabinets and over obstacles in its path on the floor or tabletop. You should bring a pair of “AA” batteries and a screwdriver to the party.

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$16.95 EACH

Barn-Owl Pellets

Nothing beats owl pellets for the edification of budding biologists. These are from barn owls and they're domestic, yurped up by your American barn owls, each with a skeleton inside. Keep them refrigerated to keep the moths away. Most are approx 1-1/2" to 2" long.

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OWL PELLETS

Barn-Owl Pellets

Nothing beats owl pellets for the edification of budding biologists. These are from barn owls and they're domestic, yurped up by your American barn owls, each with a skeleton inside. Keep them refrigerated to keep the moths away. Most are approx 1-1/2" to 2" long.

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$7.50 PKG (2)

We're Just Testing The Waters...

before we dip our tongues into it. You might want to, too. Try Watersafe® Well-Water Test Kit, a robust 10 parameter, single-use kit made for testing city water or well-water. Contains tests that will detect lead, coliform bacteria, pesticides, nitrates, iron, nitrites, pH, chlorine, copper and hardness. Includes an instruction manual and EPA drinking water standards. Easy to use, with your water quality results on the spot.

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LEAD/BACTERIA & MORE WATER TEST KIT

We're Just Testing The Waters...

before we dip our tongues into it. You might want to, too. Try Watersafe® Well-Water Test Kit, a robust 10 parameter, single-use kit made for testing city water or well-water. Contains tests that will detect lead, coliform bacteria, pesticides, nitrates, iron, nitrites, pH, chlorine, copper and hardness. Includes an instruction manual and EPA drinking water standards. Easy to use, with your water quality results on the spot.

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$29.95 EACH

Who Says Chickens Can't Fly?

The possibilities are endless. You get a set of (4) stuffed rubber chickens, 8" long and in (4) different, but chickenlike, skin tones, plus an 8-3/4" dia target to toss them at. Throw the target on the ground then fling, roll, or bounce the chickens toward it. Sort of chicken bocce, or poultry petanque. Includes game ideas and a score pad! In between chicken-throwing seasons, they make a mighty nice display lined up on the mantle.

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FLICKIN' CHICKEN TOSS GAME

Who Says Chickens Can't Fly?

The possibilities are endless. You get a set of (4) stuffed rubber chickens, 8" long and in (4) different, but chickenlike, skin tones, plus an 8-3/4" dia target to toss them at. Throw the target on the ground then fling, roll, or bounce the chickens toward it. Sort of chicken bocce, or poultry petanque. Includes game ideas and a score pad! In between chicken-throwing seasons, they make a mighty nice display lined up on the mantle.

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$21.50 EACH

Kids’ Kits

From Creativity for Kids®, these DIY kits call for assembly and decoration, and have everything you need, including glue, paint and brushes. You pick: the Bitty Bobble Duo is a pair of 3” tall bobbleheads, a kitty and puppy, for kids age 6+; the wooden Pirate Ship has a Jolly Roger sail and will be about 6-1/2” long when done, for ages 5+; the Shrinky Fairies are a trio of 4-1/2” tall fairies with a birds and flowers backdrop, and is for ages 7+ with adult supervision for the shrinky baking.

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WOODEN PIRATE SHIP KIT

Kids’ Kits

From Creativity for Kids®, these DIY kits call for assembly and decoration, and have everything you need, including glue, paint and brushes. You pick: the Bitty Bobble Duo is a pair of 3” tall bobbleheads, a kitty and puppy, for kids age 6+; the wooden Pirate Ship has a Jolly Roger sail and will be about 6-1/2” long when done, for ages 5+; the Shrinky Fairies are a trio of 4-1/2” tall fairies with a birds and flowers backdrop, and is for ages 7+ with adult supervision for the shrinky baking.

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$5.95 EACH

Powered By Feets

Just like the original Stomp® Rocket but slightly smaller for slightly smaller feet, the Stomp® Rocket Jr. Glow also, you guessed it, glows in the dark. Includes (4) 8-3/4" tall foam rockets, launch tripod, 3-foot hose and the launching pad on which you or your young 'uns stomp to launch it up to 100 feet. Runs on air alone (no more waiting for your liquid hydrogen order from NASA) so it's safe. For ages 3 and up, depending upon shoe size.

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GITD STOMP ROCKET JR. W/FOAM ROCKETS

Powered By Feets

Just like the original Stomp® Rocket but slightly smaller for slightly smaller feet, the Stomp® Rocket Jr. Glow also, you guessed it, glows in the dark. Includes (4) 8-3/4" tall foam rockets, launch tripod, 3-foot hose and the launching pad on which you or your young 'uns stomp to launch it up to 100 feet. Runs on air alone (no more waiting for your liquid hydrogen order from NASA) so it's safe. For ages 3 and up, depending upon shoe size.

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$15.95 EACH

Mouse Trap Meets Leonardo

Meet the STEM-friendly hydraulic gearbot. The completed, syringe-driven device will stand a foot tall and involve a completely unnecessary but fascinating series of gears and levers to hurl a projectile from the basket on the top arm. In dye-cut plywood, it takes an hour or two for an 8+ year-old. Includes all parts. All you add is patience and water.

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STEM HYDRAULIC GEARBOT CATAPULT KIT

Mouse Trap Meets Leonardo

Meet the STEM-friendly hydraulic gearbot. The completed, syringe-driven device will stand a foot tall and involve a completely unnecessary but fascinating series of gears and levers to hurl a projectile from the basket on the top arm. In dye-cut plywood, it takes an hour or two for an 8+ year-old. Includes all parts. All you add is patience and water.

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$19.95 EACH

Gum ’N’ Gummies

Good news for people who chew! We now can offer you the choice of creating your own chewing gum or chewy gummies, because we live in artisanal times, and store-bought chewy stuff is just too 20th century for words. You pick: the Chewing Gum Kit or Gummies Kit from Glee Gum of Providence, RI. Chewing Gum Kit includes chicle gum base plus sweeteners, cherry and grape flavors, instructions and a mixing tray. You’ll get enough to make (50) pieces of gum. The Gummies Kit has molding starch, cherry sugar, sour powder and powdered seaweed, the artisanal alternative to gelatin in the gummy game. The moulding starch lets you make your own gummy shapes at home.

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CHEWING GUM KIT

Gum ’N’ Gummies

Good news for people who chew! We now can offer you the choice of creating your own chewing gum or chewy gummies, because we live in artisanal times, and store-bought chewy stuff is just too 20th century for words. You pick: the Chewing Gum Kit or Gummies Kit from Glee Gum of Providence, RI. Chewing Gum Kit includes chicle gum base plus sweeteners, cherry and grape flavors, instructions and a mixing tray. You’ll get enough to make (50) pieces of gum. The Gummies Kit has molding starch, cherry sugar, sour powder and powdered seaweed, the artisanal alternative to gelatin in the gummy game. The moulding starch lets you make your own gummy shapes at home.

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Falling Down & Blowing Up!

Nothing says fun science like stuff blowing up or falling down. Ask any middle-schooler. Get them started with one of these excellent books: Massively Epic Engineering Disasters, a 241-page hard-cover book devoted to (20) mishaps through the ages, plus (33) experiments based on the principles that caused them; or Potentially Catastrophic Science, 306 pages with (50) experiments ranging from pre-history to the present. Taken together, they cover everything from collapsing cathedrals and sunken boats to sonic booms and batteries.

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KIDS DARING SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS BOOK

Falling Down & Blowing Up!

Nothing says fun science like stuff blowing up or falling down. Ask any middle-schooler. Get them started with one of these excellent books: Massively Epic Engineering Disasters, a 241-page hard-cover book devoted to (20) mishaps through the ages, plus (33) experiments based on the principles that caused them; or Potentially Catastrophic Science, 306 pages with (50) experiments ranging from pre-history to the present. Taken together, they cover everything from collapsing cathedrals and sunken boats to sonic booms and batteries.

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Let There Be Running Lights

Nice little 8-LED running light kit from Velleman® has program and speed controls. You control which lights go on and off, and how fast they "run" in sequence. It's the basic concept used in those vintage blinking signs that entice you into car dealerships, amusement parks and cocktail lounges. You get the PC board and all the parts except the 9V battery you need to let the little lights shine. Some soldering required.

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VELLEMAN® RUNNING LIGHTS KIT

Let There Be Running Lights

Nice little 8-LED running light kit from Velleman® has program and speed controls. You control which lights go on and off, and how fast they "run" in sequence. It's the basic concept used in those vintage blinking signs that entice you into car dealerships, amusement parks and cocktail lounges. You get the PC board and all the parts except the 9V battery you need to let the little lights shine. Some soldering required.

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$11.50 EACH

Electric Clay!

For pre-soldering-age kids with electronic interests (and maybe an artistic bent), this swell kit has hunks of conductive clay in orange, black, green and blue plus some ordinary white clay for insulation. Includes (20) assorted blue, yellow, green and white LEDs, a battery holder and a 52-page book for making (15) projects, although they’ll just be a start. You add a quartet of “AA” batteries and an inventive kid.

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CIRCUIT CLAY KIT

Electric Clay!

For pre-soldering-age kids with electronic interests (and maybe an artistic bent), this swell kit has hunks of conductive clay in orange, black, green and blue plus some ordinary white clay for insulation. Includes (20) assorted blue, yellow, green and white LEDs, a battery holder and a 52-page book for making (15) projects, although they’ll just be a start. You add a quartet of “AA” batteries and an inventive kid.

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$21.95 EACH

Working Wooden Models

One--they’re made of laser-cut, press-fit wood so you don’t need tools or glue. Two--their working pistons and gears are so intricate and precise you might be surprised they’re just wood. Three--you’re tired of models that just sit there looking pretty. You pick: Pneumatic Engine or Mechanical Timer. Engine kit is (81) pieces at 1:87 scale. Add a simple balloon to operate its pistons. Finished model will measure approx 6-1/4” x 3” x 4” tall. Timer kit is (107) pieces and will be 6-7/8” x 3-3/16” x 10-1/16” tall, and run for (20) minutes on rubber bands. Moving gears are completely visible. Both kits made in Ukraine.

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WOODEN TIMER MODEL

Working Wooden Models

One--they’re made of laser-cut, press-fit wood so you don’t need tools or glue. Two--their working pistons and gears are so intricate and precise you might be surprised they’re just wood. Three--you’re tired of models that just sit there looking pretty. You pick: Pneumatic Engine or Mechanical Timer. Engine kit is (81) pieces at 1:87 scale. Add a simple balloon to operate its pistons. Finished model will measure approx 6-1/4” x 3” x 4” tall. Timer kit is (107) pieces and will be 6-7/8” x 3-3/16” x 10-1/16” tall, and run for (20) minutes on rubber bands. Moving gears are completely visible. Both kits made in Ukraine.

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