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All The Bells And Whistles

Bells, whistles, sirens, rain and metal detectors, amps, timers! Instructions on how to build the circuits for a burglar alarm, light dimmer, tone-mixing amplifier, logic tester and a whole bunch more. The Elenco® Electronic Playground 130 & Learning Center" by Elenco® has 130 projects using a control center with a built-in breadboard with contact springs. The perfect intro to electronics for ages 12 and way up, it includes a 164-page instruction book and all the parts you need except (6) "AA" batteries. No experience necessary. Build these exciting kits also! Electronic siren, LED strobe light, light dimmer, sound amp, winking LEDs, sound machine, pencil lead organ, tone mixing amp, burglar alarm, first-aid siren, voice-activated LED, logic tester, sound alarm circuit, voice level meter, delayed timer, AM Radio station, crystal radio, metal detector, water level alarm and many more! 

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ELECTRONIC PLAYGROUND

All The Bells And Whistles

Bells, whistles, sirens, rain and metal detectors, amps, timers! Instructions on how to build the circuits for a burglar alarm, light dimmer, tone-mixing amplifier, logic tester and a whole bunch more. The Elenco® Electronic Playground 130 & Learning Center" by Elenco® has 130 projects using a control center with a built-in breadboard with contact springs. The perfect intro to electronics for ages 12 and way up, it includes a 164-page instruction book and all the parts you need except (6) "AA" batteries. No experience necessary. Build these exciting kits also! Electronic siren, LED strobe light, light dimmer, sound amp, winking LEDs, sound machine, pencil lead organ, tone mixing amp, burglar alarm, first-aid siren, voice-activated LED, logic tester, sound alarm circuit, voice level meter, delayed timer, AM Radio station, crystal radio, metal detector, water level alarm and many more! 

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$47.75 EACH

Soil Test Kits

The budding home scientist and horticulturist will both delight in the ease with which this self contained soil test kit brings discovery. The kit measures not only ph., but also Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potash content and contains material for 40 tests. Since these are the essential ingredients affecting plant nutrition, we see a science project in the making: experimental plant growth in soils with different amounts of acidity and/or nutrients. From Luster Leaf(tm), the kit is entirely self contained and includes complete instructions for use and explanations. Be careful, please, the kit does have chemicals and should not be used by young children without supervision.

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RAPITEST MULTI SOIL TEST KIT

Soil Test Kits

The budding home scientist and horticulturist will both delight in the ease with which this self contained soil test kit brings discovery. The kit measures not only ph., but also Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potash content and contains material for 40 tests. Since these are the essential ingredients affecting plant nutrition, we see a science project in the making: experimental plant growth in soils with different amounts of acidity and/or nutrients. From Luster Leaf(tm), the kit is entirely self contained and includes complete instructions for use and explanations. Be careful, please, the kit does have chemicals and should not be used by young children without supervision.

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$16.50 EACH

My First Strobe Kit

For tyro electronics wizards: build your own dual white-LED strobe light. You'll need a 9V battery, solder and a soldering iron. Features a speed switch and rate control knob, and will oscillate between once and a seizure-inducing 60X per second. Draws 40mA. Ages 10+, as some soldering is required.

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STROBOSCOPE

My First Strobe Kit

For tyro electronics wizards: build your own dual white-LED strobe light. You'll need a 9V battery, solder and a soldering iron. Features a speed switch and rate control knob, and will oscillate between once and a seizure-inducing 60X per second. Draws 40mA. Ages 10+, as some soldering is required.

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$10.95 EACH

Tiny & Shiny

For the steady-handed model-maker. These mini-models from Metal Earth® are demanding and beautiful. Use a tweezers to punch out the little pieces from the laser-cut shiny steel sheets, and assemble them using the tabs and slots--no glue, no screws. You pick the Hubble Telescope (3” x 2” x 2-1/2”), the U.S.S. Arizona (5-3/4” long) or the 1908 Ford Model T (3-1/2” x 1-7/8” x 1-3/4”). All include instructions, which you’ll need. For ages 14+.

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STEEL U.S.S. ARIZONA MODEL

Tiny & Shiny

For the steady-handed model-maker. These mini-models from Metal Earth® are demanding and beautiful. Use a tweezers to punch out the little pieces from the laser-cut shiny steel sheets, and assemble them using the tabs and slots--no glue, no screws. You pick the Hubble Telescope (3” x 2” x 2-1/2”), the U.S.S. Arizona (5-3/4” long) or the 1908 Ford Model T (3-1/2” x 1-7/8” x 1-3/4”). All include instructions, which you’ll need. For ages 14+.

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Is That A Scotsman In Your Pocket?

Our electronic MadLab bagpipe kit will slip into your shirt pocket or sporran. No plaid lower garments required, and, as usual, undergarments are up to you. This nice starter electronics kit has a transistor-based oscillator and 8-position stylus-activated “keyboard.” Output is via a piezo disc. Minimal soldering skills needed, and assembly should take under an hour. Add a 9V battery for power and you’ll be thrown out of class, or recruited into battle, within the first six notes. Ages 10+.

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ELECTRONIC POCKET BAGPIPES

Is That A Scotsman In Your Pocket?

Our electronic MadLab bagpipe kit will slip into your shirt pocket or sporran. No plaid lower garments required, and, as usual, undergarments are up to you. This nice starter electronics kit has a transistor-based oscillator and 8-position stylus-activated “keyboard.” Output is via a piezo disc. Minimal soldering skills needed, and assembly should take under an hour. Add a 9V battery for power and you’ll be thrown out of class, or recruited into battle, within the first six notes. Ages 10+.

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$15.50 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

Fun In The Sun

Just what can solar power…power? Find out with RobotiKits 6 In 1 Educational Solar Kit that comes with one solar module and one gear box, and 21 snap-together plastic parts. No tools required. Build 6 different solar-powered models (windmill, revolving plane, airboat, plane, car, solar puppy) or one of your own. Assembled units are roughly 4" across, in varying heights. For age 10 and up.

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6 IN 1 SOLAR ROBOTIKITS

Fun In The Sun

Just what can solar power…power? Find out with RobotiKits 6 In 1 Educational Solar Kit that comes with one solar module and one gear box, and 21 snap-together plastic parts. No tools required. Build 6 different solar-powered models (windmill, revolving plane, airboat, plane, car, solar puppy) or one of your own. Assembled units are roughly 4" across, in varying heights. For age 10 and up.

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$22.95 EACH

Make Tracks

From Tamiya, one of our favorite construction kit companies, comes this plastic wheel and treaded track kit. Includes (2) 7-3/4" tracks, (4) 2-11/16" tracks and (4) 2-1/8" tracks, all 5/8" wide, along with a pair of 1-1/4" dia drive sprockets, (2) 7/8" dia drive sprockets, (2) 1-1/4" idler wheels, (6) 7/8" dia road wheels, (10) 7/16" dia road wheels, a dozen wheel caps plus round and hex shafts and screws. You add a screwdriver, side-cutters, a hobby knife and whatever you want to build to put on top-tank, personnel carrier, 'dozer, robo-duck, you decide. (Maybe our #93998, the Tamiya Dual Gearbox/Motor Kit!)

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TAMIYA TRACK & WHEEL KIT

Make Tracks

From Tamiya, one of our favorite construction kit companies, comes this plastic wheel and treaded track kit. Includes (2) 7-3/4" tracks, (4) 2-11/16" tracks and (4) 2-1/8" tracks, all 5/8" wide, along with a pair of 1-1/4" dia drive sprockets, (2) 7/8" dia drive sprockets, (2) 1-1/4" idler wheels, (6) 7/8" dia road wheels, (10) 7/16" dia road wheels, a dozen wheel caps plus round and hex shafts and screws. You add a screwdriver, side-cutters, a hobby knife and whatever you want to build to put on top-tank, personnel carrier, 'dozer, robo-duck, you decide. (Maybe our #93998, the Tamiya Dual Gearbox/Motor Kit!)

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$12.50 EACH

Lego® Gets Kinetic

Make a whole bunch of fun and instructive Lego® machines/chain reaction models like marble runs and mousetraps involving ramps, buckets, funnels balances and much more. Comes with (33) Lego® elements, (6) Lego® balls, a dozen paper props, and a 78-page instruction booklet for (10) machines. You add a few common household items. Includes suggestions for more complicated devices if you have your own Lego® pieces, and if you don't, what are you waiting for? Ages 8+.

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LEGO® KINETIC KIT

Lego® Gets Kinetic

Make a whole bunch of fun and instructive Lego® machines/chain reaction models like marble runs and mousetraps involving ramps, buckets, funnels balances and much more. Comes with (33) Lego® elements, (6) Lego® balls, a dozen paper props, and a 78-page instruction booklet for (10) machines. You add a few common household items. Includes suggestions for more complicated devices if you have your own Lego® pieces, and if you don't, what are you waiting for? Ages 8+.

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$20.95 EACH

Leo Vinci Kits

Return with us now to those thrilling days of the 15th century, when Leonardo was designing stuff you wouldn't have thought of even if you'd paid attention in class and applied yourself. You choose from these wooden models of his genius designs. His unrealized aerial screw (think helicopter) stands approx 15" tall on a 9" square base and has a canvas canopy. Includes a 12-page manual and all the parts. For ages 9+. You’ll need glue, scissors and a ruler. The trebuchet (think catapult) is based on his original 1482 design, stands approx 24" tall x 12-3/4" x 4-1/2" and comes with all the parts, including a clay ball to launch at your favorite model castle, or your sister. Includes an 8-page instruction book and is for ages 12+. Bring glue, scissors, a ruler and some small clamps.Great resources for STEM activities.

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DAVINCI TREBUCHET KIT

Leo Vinci Kits

Return with us now to those thrilling days of the 15th century, when Leonardo was designing stuff you wouldn't have thought of even if you'd paid attention in class and applied yourself. You choose from these wooden models of his genius designs. His unrealized aerial screw (think helicopter) stands approx 15" tall on a 9" square base and has a canvas canopy. Includes a 12-page manual and all the parts. For ages 9+. You’ll need glue, scissors and a ruler. The trebuchet (think catapult) is based on his original 1482 design, stands approx 24" tall x 12-3/4" x 4-1/2" and comes with all the parts, including a clay ball to launch at your favorite model castle, or your sister. Includes an 8-page instruction book and is for ages 12+. Bring glue, scissors, a ruler and some small clamps.Great resources for STEM activities.

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$19.95 EACH

Micro Models

Could be lilliputian versions of Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell, but they’re not. They’re dandy little 37-piece (mostly) steel model kits of two different racers, a biplane or a helicopter, from Steel Works. Finished models will be a couple of inches long, and a tiny tool for assembly is included. We’ll pick one that will be just right for you. Ages 8+.

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MICRO MODEL VEHICLE KITS

Micro Models

Could be lilliputian versions of Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell, but they’re not. They’re dandy little 37-piece (mostly) steel model kits of two different racers, a biplane or a helicopter, from Steel Works. Finished models will be a couple of inches long, and a tiny tool for assembly is included. We’ll pick one that will be just right for you. Ages 8+.

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$4.95 EACH

Balsamic Airplanes

Not just for salads anymore. This mini-model Hellcat Glider is made from laser-cut balsa wood (and that does too make it balsamic). Powered by the timeless rubber-band prop, and measures approx 8-1/2” long with a 10-1/2” wingspan after assembly. Includes wing covers. You add some glue and about an hour of fun assembling. Ages 13+.

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BALSA HELLCAT GLIDER KIT

Balsamic Airplanes

Not just for salads anymore. This mini-model Hellcat Glider is made from laser-cut balsa wood (and that does too make it balsamic). Powered by the timeless rubber-band prop, and measures approx 8-1/2” long with a 10-1/2” wingspan after assembly. Includes wing covers. You add some glue and about an hour of fun assembling. Ages 13+.

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$12.50 EACH

Got Bots?

All the hip kids have them because who wants to have to make their own fun when they could make a robot to have fun for them. You pick: the Doodling Robot saves you from having to draw stuff on your notebook during meetings. Includes red, blue and yellow markers to mount on (3) adjustable arms on a 3-3/4” base with a DC motor powered by a “AA” battery you provide. Spins and shakes to doodle better than you ever did, and includes arm extensions to vary the patterns. Or: the Table Top Robot crab that’s smart enough not to fall off the table. Measures approx 2” tall x 3-3/8” counting its claws x 6-5/8” counting its (8) legs. You add a “AA” battery. Both are easy to assemble and for ages 8 up.

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TABLE-TOP CRAB

Got Bots?

All the hip kids have them because who wants to have to make their own fun when they could make a robot to have fun for them. You pick: the Doodling Robot saves you from having to draw stuff on your notebook during meetings. Includes red, blue and yellow markers to mount on (3) adjustable arms on a 3-3/4” base with a DC motor powered by a “AA” battery you provide. Spins and shakes to doodle better than you ever did, and includes arm extensions to vary the patterns. Or: the Table Top Robot crab that’s smart enough not to fall off the table. Measures approx 2” tall x 3-3/8” counting its claws x 6-5/8” counting its (8) legs. You add a “AA” battery. Both are easy to assemble and for ages 8 up.

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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

Are You Logical? Don’t Lie!

Electronic fun with just a hint of soldering from Madlab. You pick: the lie detector kit, with a PC board and components, or the LED logic game with diodes and transistors that pit your skill against moving a peg along (36) pads. You should be able to assemble either kit in under an hour with a little light soldering. You add a 9V battery to both. For ages 10 and up. Soldering iron not included. But we have one, and it’s item #88242 for $6.95.

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KIT, TOY LIE DETECTOR, REQ. 9V, SOLDERING REQ.

Are You Logical? Don’t Lie!

Electronic fun with just a hint of soldering from Madlab. You pick: the lie detector kit, with a PC board and components, or the LED logic game with diodes and transistors that pit your skill against moving a peg along (36) pads. You should be able to assemble either kit in under an hour with a little light soldering. You add a 9V battery to both. For ages 10 and up. Soldering iron not included. But we have one, and it’s item #88242 for $6.95.

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Rocks In The Mail

You say you haven’t got time to wander beaches and woods in search of interesting rocks to tumble? We feel your pain. Order up this rock-tumbler refill kit, and you’ll get approx a pound of assorted quartz, hematite and agate pieces (we got 30+ in our sample bag) without leaving your couch. Also included are 1/2-oz packs of coarse, medium, fine and polish-grade grit, plus a necklace, ring, key-chain and double earring clips for to hold your polished stones.

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1-LB ASSORTED ROCKS AND ACCESSORIES

Rocks In The Mail

You say you haven’t got time to wander beaches and woods in search of interesting rocks to tumble? We feel your pain. Order up this rock-tumbler refill kit, and you’ll get approx a pound of assorted quartz, hematite and agate pieces (we got 30+ in our sample bag) without leaving your couch. Also included are 1/2-oz packs of coarse, medium, fine and polish-grade grit, plus a necklace, ring, key-chain and double earring clips for to hold your polished stones.

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$15.50 EACH

We're Anti-Gravity

In the mood for a little light levitation? Try this magnet-based kit from KidzLabs® and make a pencil float in mid-air or tell your fortune, all through the captivating power of magnets. You can even build a mag-lev robot, and who doesn't want one of those? The (7) projects are based on the (7) plastic-coated, 1-5/16" dia bored disc magnets and assorted other parts. Projects include anti-gravity sculpture, floating spinner, magnetic compass, spring and weight scale, propelling machine and a mag-lev transporter.

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MAGNET LEVITATION KIT

We're Anti-Gravity

In the mood for a little light levitation? Try this magnet-based kit from KidzLabs® and make a pencil float in mid-air or tell your fortune, all through the captivating power of magnets. You can even build a mag-lev robot, and who doesn't want one of those? The (7) projects are based on the (7) plastic-coated, 1-5/16" dia bored disc magnets and assorted other parts. Projects include anti-gravity sculpture, floating spinner, magnetic compass, spring and weight scale, propelling machine and a mag-lev transporter.

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$19.95 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 at age 8 up.

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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 at age 8 up.

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$21.95 EACH

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