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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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$42.95 EACH

Feelin’ Grooty?

Submit to your Guardians of the Galaxy needs with this 63-piece laser-cut wooden model of Groot. No glue needed with this press-fit kit. The finished Groot will stand approx 6” tall x 3” x 2-1/4”. Comes with a 32-page booklet, including coloring and crafting ideas, about everyone’s favorite arboreal creature. From IncrediBuilds™ and Marvel. For ages 12+.

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LASER CUT WOODEN GROOT MODEL

Feelin’ Grooty?

Submit to your Guardians of the Galaxy needs with this 63-piece laser-cut wooden model of Groot. No glue needed with this press-fit kit. The finished Groot will stand approx 6” tall x 3” x 2-1/4”. Comes with a 32-page booklet, including coloring and crafting ideas, about everyone’s favorite arboreal creature. From IncrediBuilds™ and Marvel. For ages 12+.

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$16.95 EACH

We've Got Floppets!

From the world of Collect 'Em All, these uber-cute little foam animal figures are 1" to 1-1/2" across with a little 3" hook-n-loop band on the back so they can be attached to fingers, flip-flops, shoelaces, backpacks, wherever kiddies think they belong. You'll get (4) different ones from the selection of frogs, pandas, monkeys, elephants, kittens, bats, fishes, penguins and toucans.

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FOAM FINGER PUPPETS

We've Got Floppets!

From the world of Collect 'Em All, these uber-cute little foam animal figures are 1" to 1-1/2" across with a little 3" hook-n-loop band on the back so they can be attached to fingers, flip-flops, shoelaces, backpacks, wherever kiddies think they belong. You'll get (4) different ones from the selection of frogs, pandas, monkeys, elephants, kittens, bats, fishes, penguins and toucans.

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$3.25 PKG (4)

Dotless Dominoes

You can't actually play dominoes with these dominoes, but you can have a whole bunch of fun anyway, all based on falling dominoes from the theory of the same name.The Domino Rally® Classic set comes with (80) 1-3/8" x 5/8" dominoes in assorted colors, (38) of which have teeth for latching onto the included tracks and bridges, plus a spring-loaded launcher.

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DOMINO RALLY CLASSIC SET

Dotless Dominoes

You can't actually play dominoes with these dominoes, but you can have a whole bunch of fun anyway, all based on falling dominoes from the theory of the same name.The Domino Rally® Classic set comes with (80) 1-3/8" x 5/8" dominoes in assorted colors, (38) of which have teeth for latching onto the included tracks and bridges, plus a spring-loaded launcher.

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$20.95 EACH

Home Hydroponics

From Nancy B’s Science Club™, STEM learning series. You get a pair of 6-3/8” tall vessels with seed baskets and plastic rulers to measure the seedling’s growth in the water, plus a 22-page instruction manual and gardening diary. You add the seeds, which you’ll find all over the outdoors--or inside the fruits and veggies in your kitchen or supermarket.

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NANCY B’S HOME HYDROPONICS KIT

Home Hydroponics

From Nancy B’s Science Club™, STEM learning series. You get a pair of 6-3/8” tall vessels with seed baskets and plastic rulers to measure the seedling’s growth in the water, plus a 22-page instruction manual and gardening diary. You add the seeds, which you’ll find all over the outdoors--or inside the fruits and veggies in your kitchen or supermarket.

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$22.50 EACH

High Time You Got Started, OK?

Try this DIY starter kit for Arduino from Velleman. Comes with an UNO development board, an 830-hole breadboard, LED displays, key and tilt switches, IR diode and receiver, RGB matrix display and (15) assorted LEDs, assorted resistors, insulated jumper wires, a shift register, temp sensor, USB cable and 6-AA battery holder (and you’ll need to add batteries). There’s a 31-page, full-color, up-to-date manual on Velleman’s website. Part #VMA501. Full parts list available if you’ll just give us a ring.

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VELLEMAN ELECTRONICS KIT

High Time You Got Started, OK?

Try this DIY starter kit for Arduino from Velleman. Comes with an UNO development board, an 830-hole breadboard, LED displays, key and tilt switches, IR diode and receiver, RGB matrix display and (15) assorted LEDs, assorted resistors, insulated jumper wires, a shift register, temp sensor, USB cable and 6-AA battery holder (and you’ll need to add batteries). There’s a 31-page, full-color, up-to-date manual on Velleman’s website. Part #VMA501. Full parts list available if you’ll just give us a ring.

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$54.95 EACH

Just What Choo Need…

if you want to sound like a steam engine, and who among us doesn't? This Velleman® steam-engine sound generator kit comes with circuit board, components, battery connectors, speaker and instruction sheet. You add solder, a soldering iron and a 9V battery. Volume and (implied) speed are adjustable and there's a horn button, so it'll go both choo-choo and whoo-whoo. Great for train hobbyists or people bored with their doorbell.

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CHOO CHOO KIT

Just What Choo Need…

if you want to sound like a steam engine, and who among us doesn't? This Velleman® steam-engine sound generator kit comes with circuit board, components, battery connectors, speaker and instruction sheet. You add solder, a soldering iron and a 9V battery. Volume and (implied) speed are adjustable and there's a horn button, so it'll go both choo-choo and whoo-whoo. Great for train hobbyists or people bored with their doorbell.

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$16.50 EACH

Get Ready To Rock

Earth science rocks. These kits from GeoCentral® are made for ages 8+ and all include (15) rock samples, a magnifier, streak plate for testing hardness and an 11-page fact booklet. You pick: the sedimentary set, which includes oil shale, shell limestone, quartz sandstone and chert; or the igneous rock set, which includes diorite, gabbro, peridotite and scoria; or the metamorphic rock set, which includes gneiss, phyllite, hornblende and serpentine marble. Plus many more in each set. Rock on!

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18 PIECE IGNEOUS ROCK KIT

Get Ready To Rock

Earth science rocks. These kits from GeoCentral® are made for ages 8+ and all include (15) rock samples, a magnifier, streak plate for testing hardness and an 11-page fact booklet. You pick: the sedimentary set, which includes oil shale, shell limestone, quartz sandstone and chert; or the igneous rock set, which includes diorite, gabbro, peridotite and scoria; or the metamorphic rock set, which includes gneiss, phyllite, hornblende and serpentine marble. Plus many more in each set. Rock on!

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Whiz Kits

Two fantastic kits from ScienceWiz™, both by Berkeley science-education whiz Penny Norman, Ph.D. The Light kit has (25) projects, including a kaleidoscope, microscope and more. The Chemistry kit has (35) projects, and you get vials of sand and baking soda, pipets, test tubes, and a lot more.  You add some household items and a "D" battery, except the Chemistry kit. Both are attractively boxed, with lavishly illustrated 30-48pp instruction books and perfect for STEM projects. Ages 5 to 10. (Light kit, ages 6 to 12.)

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SCIENCEWIZ™ LIGHT

Whiz Kits

Two fantastic kits from ScienceWiz™, both by Berkeley science-education whiz Penny Norman, Ph.D. The Light kit has (25) projects, including a kaleidoscope, microscope and more. The Chemistry kit has (35) projects, and you get vials of sand and baking soda, pipets, test tubes, and a lot more.  You add some household items and a "D" battery, except the Chemistry kit. Both are attractively boxed, with lavishly illustrated 30-48pp instruction books and perfect for STEM projects. Ages 5 to 10. (Light kit, ages 6 to 12.)

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Design-Build-Fly Airplane Kit

Design your own planes, then fly 'em. This kit has (35) parts including balsa wings and bodies, plastic struts and landing gears, rubber-band drives and (3) props. Comes with instructions for (4) planes, including an X-wing and tri-plane, but it's made for you to experiment with your own designs. Also made to build, disassemble and rebuild different models. For ages 8+.

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AIRPLANE DESIGN STUDIO BUILD-FLY KIT

Design-Build-Fly Airplane Kit

Design your own planes, then fly 'em. This kit has (35) parts including balsa wings and bodies, plastic struts and landing gears, rubber-band drives and (3) props. Comes with instructions for (4) planes, including an X-wing and tri-plane, but it's made for you to experiment with your own designs. Also made to build, disassemble and rebuild different models. For ages 8+.

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$26.50 EACH

Lights, Camera, Claymation!

If you've got a smart phone, you can be a director. This fold-out, 14-3/8" x 7" x 7" tall stage comes with (5) backdrops, including one blank, a cardboard camera (phone) stand, (8) 2" bricks of assorted color clay and various punch-out props. Includes an 18-page booklet on making claymation, stop-action movies, with additional apps available online. This is how Spielberg would have started if he were 11 years old today.

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STOP-MOTION CLAYMATION MOVIE KIT

Lights, Camera, Claymation!

If you've got a smart phone, you can be a director. This fold-out, 14-3/8" x 7" x 7" tall stage comes with (5) backdrops, including one blank, a cardboard camera (phone) stand, (8) 2" bricks of assorted color clay and various punch-out props. Includes an 18-page booklet on making claymation, stop-action movies, with additional apps available online. This is how Spielberg would have started if he were 11 years old today.

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$19.95 EACH

Heuristic Chips

Our very first science kit devoted exclusively to potatoes and potato chips. Potato Chip Science by A. Kurzweil & Son includes a 96-page book with potato-based science projects using the eponymous tubers, bags, chips, lids and tubes. We’re talking (29) experiments focused on the physics, biology, earth science and chemistry of spuds. Includes plastic lids, packing peanuts, zinc and copper electrodes, a digital clock and sound modules, a cardboard box base, plastic knife and plastic tube. You add simple household items, and potatoes.

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POTATO-THEMED SCIENCE KIT

Heuristic Chips

Our very first science kit devoted exclusively to potatoes and potato chips. Potato Chip Science by A. Kurzweil & Son includes a 96-page book with potato-based science projects using the eponymous tubers, bags, chips, lids and tubes. We’re talking (29) experiments focused on the physics, biology, earth science and chemistry of spuds. Includes plastic lids, packing peanuts, zinc and copper electrodes, a digital clock and sound modules, a cardboard box base, plastic knife and plastic tube. You add simple household items, and potatoes.

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$22.95 EACH

Catch Some Rays

And teach a kid (8 and up) the basics of solar power. This excellent educational kit from Elenco comes with (9) 0.5VDC solar cells pre-wired in sets of (3) and mounted in a 5" x 4" x 7/16" black-plastic frame with screw terminals on the bottom. The kit includes a 1.5VDC motor with leads and a mount, a fan blade and (4) plastic discs from 5/8" dia to 2" dia for mounting on the motor shaft, a 1.5V incandescent bulb with leads, a sound module with leads, and graphic cards to mount on the discs. Comes with a 14-page instruction/experiment booklet, including info on increasing voltage and amperage, powering battery charges, radios, games, etc. Lots of science project potential. "Heuristic as all get-out," Jarvis said when he saw it.

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SOLAR SCIENCE EXPERIMENT KIT

Catch Some Rays

And teach a kid (8 and up) the basics of solar power. This excellent educational kit from Elenco comes with (9) 0.5VDC solar cells pre-wired in sets of (3) and mounted in a 5" x 4" x 7/16" black-plastic frame with screw terminals on the bottom. The kit includes a 1.5VDC motor with leads and a mount, a fan blade and (4) plastic discs from 5/8" dia to 2" dia for mounting on the motor shaft, a 1.5V incandescent bulb with leads, a sound module with leads, and graphic cards to mount on the discs. Comes with a 14-page instruction/experiment booklet, including info on increasing voltage and amperage, powering battery charges, radios, games, etc. Lots of science project potential. "Heuristic as all get-out," Jarvis said when he saw it.

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$17.95 EACH

Get Down To Earth

Nothing says “you dig?” like these Earth Science Kits from GeoCentral®. You pick the Fossil Kit, with (9) leftover oldies but goodies, including a sea urchin, white clam, gastropod, crinoid stem, brachiopod, ammonite, sand dollar, shark tooth and branching coral, all approx 3/4”; or the Crystal Kit, with a star mica, ocos, clear quartz, amethyst and amethyst cluster, citrine, gypsum, pyrite and kyanite, all between 1/2” and 1”, plus (3) pieces of dolomite to grow your own crystals. Both include a small magnifier and instruction booklet.

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KIT, CRYSTAL, 9 PC. PLUS 3 DOLOMITE TO GROW

Get Down To Earth

Nothing says “you dig?” like these Earth Science Kits from GeoCentral®. You pick the Fossil Kit, with (9) leftover oldies but goodies, including a sea urchin, white clam, gastropod, crinoid stem, brachiopod, ammonite, sand dollar, shark tooth and branching coral, all approx 3/4”; or the Crystal Kit, with a star mica, ocos, clear quartz, amethyst and amethyst cluster, citrine, gypsum, pyrite and kyanite, all between 1/2” and 1”, plus (3) pieces of dolomite to grow your own crystals. Both include a small magnifier and instruction booklet.

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$12.95 EACH

Musical Steel Wheel

Let them build like their grandfather built. This colorful Steel Works Ferris Wheel construction kit from Schylling has over (950) pieces, plus tools to assemble a 14” tall model. We’re talking about hours of fun and brain challenges here! Includes a music box mechanism that plays “The Entrance of the Gladiators,” aka “Thunder and Blazes”. Kids who are really inventive can take it apart and use the pieces to assemble a creation of their own. The possibilities are just about endless. For ages 8+.

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STEEL FERRIS WHEEL WITH MUSIC BOX KIT

Musical Steel Wheel

Let them build like their grandfather built. This colorful Steel Works Ferris Wheel construction kit from Schylling has over (950) pieces, plus tools to assemble a 14” tall model. We’re talking about hours of fun and brain challenges here! Includes a music box mechanism that plays “The Entrance of the Gladiators,” aka “Thunder and Blazes”. Kids who are really inventive can take it apart and use the pieces to assemble a creation of their own. The possibilities are just about endless. For ages 8+.

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$49.95 EACH

For Doodle Perfectionists

The Spirograph® lives! Think of it as doodling for people who like perfect geometric shapes. From Spirograph® comes this die-cast collector’s set of (9) spiro wheels, (1) ring, (2) pens, spiro putty with case, a storage tin and (6) design cards. Spiro putty, by the bye, holds the paper down so your perfect designs won’t have any ugly holes in them.

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DELUXE DIE-CAST SPIROGRAPH® SET

For Doodle Perfectionists

The Spirograph® lives! Think of it as doodling for people who like perfect geometric shapes. From Spirograph® comes this die-cast collector’s set of (9) spiro wheels, (1) ring, (2) pens, spiro putty with case, a storage tin and (6) design cards. Spiro putty, by the bye, holds the paper down so your perfect designs won’t have any ugly holes in them.

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$38.50 EACH

Run, Marbles, Run!

Nothing beats Marble Mania® kits for table-top Rube Goldbergian fun. We suggest The Sidewinder 2.0, with over (200) pieces, including ramps, drops, gears, and an Archimedean screw marble lifter. Should take 3-4 hours to build and will stand about 2-1/2 feet tall, but can be set up in several ways.

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THE SIDEWINDER MARBLE RUN MACHINE KIT

Run, Marbles, Run!

Nothing beats Marble Mania® kits for table-top Rube Goldbergian fun. We suggest The Sidewinder 2.0, with over (200) pieces, including ramps, drops, gears, and an Archimedean screw marble lifter. Should take 3-4 hours to build and will stand about 2-1/2 feet tall, but can be set up in several ways.

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$43.50 EACH

Get Out Of The Lab

A whole bunch of science and scientific learning happens outside of the school lab. These 144-page books by Liz Lee Heinecke have a year’s worth (that’d be 52) of experiments. You pick: Outdoor Science Lab for Kids with (52) experiments in (12) units covering biology, gardening, botany, physics, earth science and chemistry, all with common household items; or Kitchen Science Labs for Kids, with experiments in biology, physics and chemistry using the ever-popular common household materials.

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KITCHEN SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS BOOK

Get Out Of The Lab

A whole bunch of science and scientific learning happens outside of the school lab. These 144-page books by Liz Lee Heinecke have a year’s worth (that’d be 52) of experiments. You pick: Outdoor Science Lab for Kids with (52) experiments in (12) units covering biology, gardening, botany, physics, earth science and chemistry, all with common household items; or Kitchen Science Labs for Kids, with experiments in biology, physics and chemistry using the ever-popular common household materials.

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