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Kids Clock Kit

Teaching a kid how to manage time—hey, that’s up to you—but this wind-up clock kit teaches kids the basic mechanical principles of gears and pendulums. Clock has a clear body, approx 7-3/4” dia x 1” deep with a 1/2” tall base, and individually colored gears for easy identification. It’s spring-driven, so no batteries are needed. Bell "dings" in 15-minute intervals. Tweaking the pendulum mounting, and tuning it, takes a little focus. Ages 6-10. ! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD–Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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D.I.Y. MECHANICAL CLOCK KIT

Kids Clock Kit

Teaching a kid how to manage time—hey, that’s up to you—but this wind-up clock kit teaches kids the basic mechanical principles of gears and pendulums. Clock has a clear body, approx 7-3/4” dia x 1” deep with a 1/2” tall base, and individually colored gears for easy identification. It’s spring-driven, so no batteries are needed. Bell "dings" in 15-minute intervals. Tweaking the pendulum mounting, and tuning it, takes a little focus. Ages 6-10. ! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD–Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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$22.95 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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$23.95 EACH

The Self-Opening Fancy Box

The secret is in the gears. This 185-piece kit from UGEARS® assembles in 2-3 hours without glue or tools, and results in an 8-compartment box. Opening the lid activates (3) main blocks to the side and front. A third block moves a lower drawer with (6) compartments, while a secret button on the back opens (2) secret compartments. Includes a locking latch. No doubt about it—this box is fancy, festooned with myriad floral and ornamental design elements. Completed box will measure approx 11” x 8-3/4” x 8”. Made in Ukraine. For ages 14+.

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UGEARS 8-COMPARTMENT WOODEN BOX KIT

The Self-Opening Fancy Box

The secret is in the gears. This 185-piece kit from UGEARS® assembles in 2-3 hours without glue or tools, and results in an 8-compartment box. Opening the lid activates (3) main blocks to the side and front. A third block moves a lower drawer with (6) compartments, while a secret button on the back opens (2) secret compartments. Includes a locking latch. No doubt about it—this box is fancy, festooned with myriad floral and ornamental design elements. Completed box will measure approx 11” x 8-3/4” x 8”. Made in Ukraine. For ages 14+.

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$49.95 EACH

No More Wood Puns?

Wood or wooden you like to never see another pun on wood or wooden? Too bad--we’re not even trying to quit. Meanwhile, you can try these wooden wiggling fish, caterpillar contraption and bi-plane automaton that you crank to move. Made from laser-cut pieces that you peg or glue together, they will measure about 10-1/4” x 8-1/4” x 4-3/8” when finished. Come with instruction booklet, glue, sandpaper and wax.

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WOODEN CATERPILLAR AUTOMATION

No More Wood Puns?

Wood or wooden you like to never see another pun on wood or wooden? Too bad--we’re not even trying to quit. Meanwhile, you can try these wooden wiggling fish, caterpillar contraption and bi-plane automaton that you crank to move. Made from laser-cut pieces that you peg or glue together, they will measure about 10-1/4” x 8-1/4” x 4-3/8” when finished. Come with instruction booklet, glue, sandpaper and wax.

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$5.00 EACH
$9.95
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LET THE ROBOT PICK IT UP

Before robots take over completely, it might be a good idea to learn a little about how they work. Start with this Elenco® Joysticks Robotic Arm Kit. After building it, you’ll understand mechanical basics and be able to watch the inner parts working in tandem (mechanical rods, planetary gears and transmission) as you control the arm’s (4) axes in (8) different directions simultaneously and easily with (2) joysticks. Pick up objects of different sizes and shapes with the convertible (2)- and (4)-claw grippers. Fully constructed, the machine measures approx 20” long x 10-1/2” high x 6-1/2” wide. Requires (2) “D” batteries, not included, but we’ve got them for you. Ages 10+



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Joystick Controlled Robotic Arm Kit

LET THE ROBOT PICK IT UP

Before robots take over completely, it might be a good idea to learn a little about how they work. Start with this Elenco® Joysticks Robotic Arm Kit. After building it, you’ll understand mechanical basics and be able to watch the inner parts working in tandem (mechanical rods, planetary gears and transmission) as you control the arm’s (4) axes in (8) different directions simultaneously and easily with (2) joysticks. Pick up objects of different sizes and shapes with the convertible (2)- and (4)-claw grippers. Fully constructed, the machine measures approx 20” long x 10-1/2” high x 6-1/2” wide. Requires (2) “D” batteries, not included, but we’ve got them for you. Ages 10+



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$48.50 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

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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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

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

TOYS-R-U

From Smartivity®, the company that makes DIY toys that moonlight as STEAM teachers, this Pinball Table kit is made of re-engineered laser-cut wood (recyclable, non-toxic and sustainable), and is assembled using only rubber bands, with no glue required. Fun to build and play, and based on principles of gravity, centrifugal force and geometry. The finished game measures appx. 9” x 12”. For ages 8+

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SMARTIVITY LASER-CUT WOODEN PINBALL KIT

TOYS-R-U

From Smartivity®, the company that makes DIY toys that moonlight as STEAM teachers, this Pinball Table kit is made of re-engineered laser-cut wood (recyclable, non-toxic and sustainable), and is assembled using only rubber bands, with no glue required. Fun to build and play, and based on principles of gravity, centrifugal force and geometry. The finished game measures appx. 9” x 12”. For ages 8+

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$39.95 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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A Mighty Woman With A Torch

That's what Emma Lazarus called Lady Liberty in the poem at her feet, and this model is a mighty good way to give the kids a little history lesson. Made of long-lasting foam, she’ll stand approx 20” tall when complete on her base. You punch out the pieces--inside a book also chock full of facts about the statue--and slot them together without glue.

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STATUE OF LIBERTY FOAM MODEL

A Mighty Woman With A Torch

That's what Emma Lazarus called Lady Liberty in the poem at her feet, and this model is a mighty good way to give the kids a little history lesson. Made of long-lasting foam, she’ll stand approx 20” tall when complete on her base. You punch out the pieces--inside a book also chock full of facts about the statue--and slot them together without glue.

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$2.60 EACH
$3.75
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Articulated Robotic Arm Kit

It doesn't get much cooler in the robotic-arm-kit game. The assembled STEM educational arm is 15" tall x 9" long x approx 3-1/2" wide. It's 2-pronged hand opens to 1-3/4", lifts up to 3.5 oz (100g), swings 120 degrees at the wrist, pivots 300 degrees at the elbow, and sits on a base that swings 180 degrees up and down and rotates 270 degrees, like, well, an arm. Controlled by (5) 2-axis joy-sticks and powered by (4) D-Cell batteries that you provide. Includes a hand-mounted search light and over-torque and gear-breakage alarms, which is more than your arm has. Requires a diagonal cutter and Philips screwdriver for assembly of its 200+ pieces and is made for ages 12 and up.

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STEM ROBOTIC ARM KIT JOY-STICK CONTROLLED

Articulated Robotic Arm Kit

It doesn't get much cooler in the robotic-arm-kit game. The assembled STEM educational arm is 15" tall x 9" long x approx 3-1/2" wide. It's 2-pronged hand opens to 1-3/4", lifts up to 3.5 oz (100g), swings 120 degrees at the wrist, pivots 300 degrees at the elbow, and sits on a base that swings 180 degrees up and down and rotates 270 degrees, like, well, an arm. Controlled by (5) 2-axis joy-sticks and powered by (4) D-Cell batteries that you provide. Includes a hand-mounted search light and over-torque and gear-breakage alarms, which is more than your arm has. Requires a diagonal cutter and Philips screwdriver for assembly of its 200+ pieces and is made for ages 12 and up.

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$59.95 EACH

Bot, Bot, Bot, Bot, Bot

From Elenco®, than whom nobody is cleverer, this MECH5 kit--a STEM kit--will make (5) robots, all of which use a mechanical coding wheel instead of software. They perform tasks, including forward, back 45 or 90 degrees, left or right turns, and modes to make bots draw circles, throw or push a ball, grip things, or act as a forklift. You add (2) “AAA” batteries for the small DC motor. Kit has (220+) pieces and the finished bots will be approx 6” tall. Ages 10+, but it’s intricate enough to need some adult help unless the kid is a genuine whiz-bang.

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ELENCO® MECH5 ROBOT STEM KIT

Bot, Bot, Bot, Bot, Bot

From Elenco®, than whom nobody is cleverer, this MECH5 kit--a STEM kit--will make (5) robots, all of which use a mechanical coding wheel instead of software. They perform tasks, including forward, back 45 or 90 degrees, left or right turns, and modes to make bots draw circles, throw or push a ball, grip things, or act as a forklift. You add (2) “AAA” batteries for the small DC motor. Kit has (220+) pieces and the finished bots will be approx 6” tall. Ages 10+, but it’s intricate enough to need some adult help unless the kid is a genuine whiz-bang.

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$34.50 EACH
$38.95
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Who’s Metal Model

From Metal Earth®, the people who make shiny metal 3D models, now comes the Doctor Who T.A.R.D.I.S. metal model. All punch-outs with no glue or soldering required. 1-5/8” square x 3-1/4” tall. And if you don’t know what Tardis is, you should probably be catching up on classic British Sci-Fi. These are challenging models, so they're rated for all ages over 14.

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BLUE 3D TARDIS MODEL

Who’s Metal Model

From Metal Earth®, the people who make shiny metal 3D models, now comes the Doctor Who T.A.R.D.I.S. metal model. All punch-outs with no glue or soldering required. 1-5/8” square x 3-1/4” tall. And if you don’t know what Tardis is, you should probably be catching up on classic British Sci-Fi. These are challenging models, so they're rated for all ages over 14.

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$15.95 EACH

The Robotic Hedgehog

Sounds like a Europop group, but it’s actually your new tumbling pet. Also bristles his spines, rolls, spins and scurries. He’ll be a tad bigger than a baseball when assembled. The prewired circuitry is triggered by an audio sensor that will make him do multiple tricks when you applaud, and who else do you know who’ll do that? The solderless assembly, with over (170) parts, might be a tad challenging for the listed 7-10+ age, so we suggest some supervision. From Thames & Kosmos. You add (4) “AAA”s. (And he’s a hedgehog, so don’t expect him to share the hedge if you have one.)

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THAMES & KOSMOS TUMBLING HEDGEHOG KIT

The Robotic Hedgehog

Sounds like a Europop group, but it’s actually your new tumbling pet. Also bristles his spines, rolls, spins and scurries. He’ll be a tad bigger than a baseball when assembled. The prewired circuitry is triggered by an audio sensor that will make him do multiple tricks when you applaud, and who else do you know who’ll do that? The solderless assembly, with over (170) parts, might be a tad challenging for the listed 7-10+ age, so we suggest some supervision. From Thames & Kosmos. You add (4) “AAA”s. (And he’s a hedgehog, so don’t expect him to share the hedge if you have one.)

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$44.95 EACH

See The Future

We’re all out of crystal balls, but can we interest you in a UGears® Date Navigator kit? It’s a 21-piece interactive, kinetic, wooden puzzle that has labels for the year, month, date and day of the week. A kid can build it in about 20 minutes and then use it to reveal future mysteries, such as what day of the week someone’s birthday will be in the year 2036 (or any year up to 2044). Cool, huh? It’s not just a science project. They can also paint it (art!), making it their own personalized time machine (sort of). Circular, measuring approx 4” dia x 1” thick. Nice display piece for a desk or shelf. Pieces are pre-cut, so no glue or special tools needed. Ages 5+.

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UGEARS DATE NAVIGATOR KIT

See The Future

We’re all out of crystal balls, but can we interest you in a UGears® Date Navigator kit? It’s a 21-piece interactive, kinetic, wooden puzzle that has labels for the year, month, date and day of the week. A kid can build it in about 20 minutes and then use it to reveal future mysteries, such as what day of the week someone’s birthday will be in the year 2036 (or any year up to 2044). Cool, huh? It’s not just a science project. They can also paint it (art!), making it their own personalized time machine (sort of). Circular, measuring approx 4” dia x 1” thick. Nice display piece for a desk or shelf. Pieces are pre-cut, so no glue or special tools needed. Ages 5+.

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$13.95 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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