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Contraption Without A Fridge

Too many of your wacky marble-run contraptions are tiny and made to stick on refrigerators, we think. Herewith, the solution: a 70-piece kit with ramps, tracks, funnels, stops, gears, levers, cups, animals and steel balls. Create your own endless versions of wacky contraptions and stick them on the free-standing, 28” x 12” hook-and-loop board. Includes a tip sheet. For ages 8+.

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70-PIECE MARBLE RUN CONTRAPTION KIT

Contraption Without A Fridge

Too many of your wacky marble-run contraptions are tiny and made to stick on refrigerators, we think. Herewith, the solution: a 70-piece kit with ramps, tracks, funnels, stops, gears, levers, cups, animals and steel balls. Create your own endless versions of wacky contraptions and stick them on the free-standing, 28” x 12” hook-and-loop board. Includes a tip sheet. For ages 8+.

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$22.50 EACH
$39.95
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Like A Bric Kit House

Snap Circuits™ has added Brics, their name for little plastic building blocks that are, luckily, compatible with those other little, inerlocking plastic building blocks you have. This award-winning 200-piece Bric Structures set has sheets and blocks plus Snap Circuits connectors, blinking and steady LEDs, a slide switch, a fiber-optic bundle, an incandescent bulb and a melody integrated circuit, along with adapter blocks to mate the Snap Circuits components with the brics. Has instructions to make (26) electrified models, including a house and a tower, on the 10” x 5” base. You add a trio of “AA” batteries. For ages 8+. Winner of Six Toy of the Year Awards!

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SNAP CIRCUITS™ ELECTRIC BRICS SET

Like A Bric Kit House

Snap Circuits™ has added Brics, their name for little plastic building blocks that are, luckily, compatible with those other little, inerlocking plastic building blocks you have. This award-winning 200-piece Bric Structures set has sheets and blocks plus Snap Circuits connectors, blinking and steady LEDs, a slide switch, a fiber-optic bundle, an incandescent bulb and a melody integrated circuit, along with adapter blocks to mate the Snap Circuits components with the brics. Has instructions to make (26) electrified models, including a house and a tower, on the 10” x 5” base. You add a trio of “AA” batteries. For ages 8+. Winner of Six Toy of the Year Awards!

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$39.50 EACH

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 it's 200+ pieces and is made for ages 12 and up.

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ROBOT ARM KIT

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 it's 200+ pieces and is made for ages 12 and up.

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$52.95 EACH

Lego® ACTION CONTRAPTIONS

Lego® goes crazy with this 100+ piece kit with everything you need to build (16) different contraptions (be pretty stupid if they made 16 of the same contraption) for your amusement. In the mix are gears, pulleys, belts and axles, which you could turn into a rocket racer, Lego® launcher, donkey cart or scissor grabber, among other things. Includes a 50-page spiral-bound graphically illustrated instruction booklet. And, yes, adding Lego® pieces of your own just ramps up the fun. For ages 7+.


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LEGO® CRAZY ACTION CONTRAPTIONS KIT

Lego® ACTION CONTRAPTIONS

Lego® goes crazy with this 100+ piece kit with everything you need to build (16) different contraptions (be pretty stupid if they made 16 of the same contraption) for your amusement. In the mix are gears, pulleys, belts and axles, which you could turn into a rocket racer, Lego® launcher, donkey cart or scissor grabber, among other things. Includes a 50-page spiral-bound graphically illustrated instruction booklet. And, yes, adding Lego® pieces of your own just ramps up the fun. For ages 7+.


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$20.95 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

A Clockwork Cat

Among other things. (Sorry, no oranges.) Our each is a set of (4) laser-cut moving wooden gear models from U-Gears®, including a cat, a tractor, a human head and a heart. You like to fidget? Us, too. Each has (6) or (7) laser-cut parts and will fit in the palm of your hand when finished. They’re like worry beads in that you'll find yourself playing with them to help you inch toward inner peace. They’re press-fit, so no glue or tools needed. For ages 5 and up.

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U-GEARS® LASER CUT WOODEN MODELS

A Clockwork Cat

Among other things. (Sorry, no oranges.) Our each is a set of (4) laser-cut moving wooden gear models from U-Gears®, including a cat, a tractor, a human head and a heart. You like to fidget? Us, too. Each has (6) or (7) laser-cut parts and will fit in the palm of your hand when finished. They’re like worry beads in that you'll find yourself playing with them to help you inch toward inner peace. They’re press-fit, so no glue or tools needed. For ages 5 and up.

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$9.90 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

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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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 select your favorite from our collection of wooden automatons that you crank to move, all made from laser-cut pieces that you peg or glue together. You pick: the wooden clapping monkey, approx 6" x 3" when assembled; the wooden wiggling fish, 10-1/4” x 8-1/4” x 4-3/8”; or the wooden drummer drumming, 6-3/4” x 4-1/4” x 2-3/4”. All come with instruction booklets, glue, sandpaper and wax, and are for ages 9+.

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WOODEN DRUMMER AUTOMATON

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 select your favorite from our collection of wooden automatons that you crank to move, all made from laser-cut pieces that you peg or glue together. You pick: the wooden clapping monkey, approx 6" x 3" when assembled; the wooden wiggling fish, 10-1/4” x 8-1/4” x 4-3/8”; or the wooden drummer drumming, 6-3/4” x 4-1/4” x 2-3/4”. All come with instruction booklets, glue, sandpaper and wax, and are for ages 9+.

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Two Dozen Kinds Of Solar Bot

Start your children on the path to learning the basic concepts of solar tech. This multi-bot STEM education solar kit includes a 1.5V solar cell, a small DC motor and gearbox and a boatload of parts that will let you make (14) different comical and functional land and water solar-powered projects including: TortoiseBOT; SlinkerBOT; FourBOT; SurferBOT; PaddleBOT; WalkR-BOT; Big Wheeler BOT; CarBOT; TumblerBOT; BugBOT; K9BOT; MonsterBOT; CrabbyBOT and, you should pardon the pun, the RowingBOT. No, really--there's a row bot. Projects come in (2) levels of difficulty and include an 81pp graphic manual. You'll need a hobby knife or a pair of side-cutters, and sunlight. Most projects will be approx 5" tall when assembled.

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SOLAR ROBOT KIT 14 DIFFERENT

Two Dozen Kinds Of Solar Bot

Start your children on the path to learning the basic concepts of solar tech. This multi-bot STEM education solar kit includes a 1.5V solar cell, a small DC motor and gearbox and a boatload of parts that will let you make (14) different comical and functional land and water solar-powered projects including: TortoiseBOT; SlinkerBOT; FourBOT; SurferBOT; PaddleBOT; WalkR-BOT; Big Wheeler BOT; CarBOT; TumblerBOT; BugBOT; K9BOT; MonsterBOT; CrabbyBOT and, you should pardon the pun, the RowingBOT. No, really--there's a row bot. Projects come in (2) levels of difficulty and include an 81pp graphic manual. You'll need a hobby knife or a pair of side-cutters, and sunlight. Most projects will be approx 5" tall when assembled.

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$33.50 EACH

Wheels Within Wheels

Nice little pulley unit kit includes (1) pulley each at 50, 30, 25 and 20mm and (3) pulleys at 11mm, plus myriad bushings, a 3VDC motor, (2) belts and a belt guide, base, mounts and assorted hardware. Includes graphic assembly instructions, plus a couple of rudimentary drawings with suggested projects. It's a mechanical science project waiting for a home.

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PULLEY KIT

Wheels Within Wheels

Nice little pulley unit kit includes (1) pulley each at 50, 30, 25 and 20mm and (3) pulleys at 11mm, plus myriad bushings, a 3VDC motor, (2) belts and a belt guide, base, mounts and assorted hardware. Includes graphic assembly instructions, plus a couple of rudimentary drawings with suggested projects. It's a mechanical science project waiting for a home.

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$12.95 EACH

Who’s Metal Models

From Metal Earth®, the people who make shiny metal 3D models, now comes the Doctor Who metal models. All punch-outs with no glue or soldering required. You pick: the Golden Dalek, at 2-1/4” x 3” x 1-1/4”; or the Blue Tardis model at 1-5/8” square x 3-1/4” tall. And if you don’t know what a Dalek or Tardis  is, you shouldn’t even be reading this. These are challenging models, so rated for all ages over 14.

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BLUE 3D TARDIS MODEL

Who’s Metal Models

From Metal Earth®, the people who make shiny metal 3D models, now comes the Doctor Who metal models. All punch-outs with no glue or soldering required. You pick: the Golden Dalek, at 2-1/4” x 3” x 1-1/4”; or the Blue Tardis model at 1-5/8” square x 3-1/4” tall. And if you don’t know what a Dalek or Tardis  is, you shouldn’t even be reading this. These are challenging models, so rated for all ages over 14.

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This Is For The Birds

We woodn't kid you; we always like wooden kits best. More organic. These are all pre-cut, unfinished pine and include nails. You add wood glue, simple hand tools and paint. This little birdhouse, which will be approx 6" long x 3-1/4" square will keep your small feather friends happy and protected from the elements. Great as a craft project by itself, or a handy science teaching aid for youngsters or young adults that are ready to be kicked out of your nest. Ages 8+.

 

 

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BIRDHOUSE KIT

This Is For The Birds

We woodn't kid you; we always like wooden kits best. More organic. These are all pre-cut, unfinished pine and include nails. You add wood glue, simple hand tools and paint. This little birdhouse, which will be approx 6" long x 3-1/4" square will keep your small feather friends happy and protected from the elements. Great as a craft project by itself, or a handy science teaching aid for youngsters or young adults that are ready to be kicked out of your nest. Ages 8+.

 

 

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$3.25 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 and are for ages 14+.

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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 and are for ages 14+.

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Hydraulics Made Easy

Cleverly made, and mighty heuristic, too. For someone entranced by hydraulics, or for a whole classroom of students, there's the Pathfinders 4-In-1 teaching kit, with 4 different hydraulic-system kits that use unfinished wood, transparent tubing, and plastic syringes, which power the movement. The mini models include an excavator, scissors lift, cherry picker, and platform lifter. Bases are approx 4" x 7" and finished heights vary, thanks to those syringes! Very clever teaching tools for ages 8 and up.

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HYDRAULICS 4-IN-1 SET

Hydraulics Made Easy

Cleverly made, and mighty heuristic, too. For someone entranced by hydraulics, or for a whole classroom of students, there's the Pathfinders 4-In-1 teaching kit, with 4 different hydraulic-system kits that use unfinished wood, transparent tubing, and plastic syringes, which power the movement. The mini models include an excavator, scissors lift, cherry picker, and platform lifter. Bases are approx 4" x 7" and finished heights vary, thanks to those syringes! Very clever teaching tools for ages 8 and up.

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$34.95 EACH

Nuts And Bolts

Do your kids think the whole world snaps together? Time to get them the Steel Works, a classic steel construction set from Schylling not unlike those erecting sets of yore. Has more than (300) pieces, including beams, plates, angles, nuts, bolts, washers and more, along with instructions for making an airplane, helicopter, dump truck, satellite truck, fire truck, forklift, claw truck, gyrocopter, bulldozer and backhoe. Includes wrenches and a hex key. Models have mechanical actions triggered by wheel movement. Parts are interchangeable with any other Schylling Steel Works kit. For ages 8+.

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SCHYLLING STEEL WORKS KIT

Nuts And Bolts

Do your kids think the whole world snaps together? Time to get them the Steel Works, a classic steel construction set from Schylling not unlike those erecting sets of yore. Has more than (300) pieces, including beams, plates, angles, nuts, bolts, washers and more, along with instructions for making an airplane, helicopter, dump truck, satellite truck, fire truck, forklift, claw truck, gyrocopter, bulldozer and backhoe. Includes wrenches and a hex key. Models have mechanical actions triggered by wheel movement. Parts are interchangeable with any other Schylling Steel Works kit. For ages 8+.

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$29.95 EACH

Wind-Powered Beasts

The Junior Scientist™ series brings you the staggeringly clever wind beasts from Dutch artist Theo Jensen. These mini versions of his giant contraptions come with detailed instructions and history of the projects. You pick the Strandbeest (strand as in beach because it was made to walk on sand), an 8" x 6-5/8" x 4-1/4", 117-part wind-powered automaton; or the Rhinoceros Mini-Beest, a 3-3/4" x 6-1/2" x 6", 128-piece wind-powered automaton. For ages 8 and up, the only tool you need is a scissors.

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JUNIOR SCIENTIST™ STRANDBEEST KIT

Wind-Powered Beasts

The Junior Scientist™ series brings you the staggeringly clever wind beasts from Dutch artist Theo Jensen. These mini versions of his giant contraptions come with detailed instructions and history of the projects. You pick the Strandbeest (strand as in beach because it was made to walk on sand), an 8" x 6-5/8" x 4-1/4", 117-part wind-powered automaton; or the Rhinoceros Mini-Beest, a 3-3/4" x 6-1/2" x 6", 128-piece wind-powered automaton. For ages 8 and up, the only tool you need is a scissors.

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$29.95 EACH

Serious Rubegoldbergian Fun

You're in for weeks and months of fun creating Rube Goldberg-like versions of the new VorteX 3.0, a Techno Gears Marble Mania machine. You get over (300+) colorful pieces including baseplates, 3-D connectors, channels, tubes, gears, marble twister and a marble funnel to create intricate tracks to move marbles around, down, over and through the maze. Includes a battery-operated 2-foot tall marble launcher that makes the whole thing automatic so you can sit back and watch your creation run by itself.  A STEM kit that challenges problem solving skills and expands knowledge of mechanics and engineering. You add (3) "AA" batteries and a capacity for twisted thinking.

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TECHNO GEARS MARBLE RUN MANIA MACHINE

Serious Rubegoldbergian Fun

You're in for weeks and months of fun creating Rube Goldberg-like versions of the new VorteX 3.0, a Techno Gears Marble Mania machine. You get over (300+) colorful pieces including baseplates, 3-D connectors, channels, tubes, gears, marble twister and a marble funnel to create intricate tracks to move marbles around, down, over and through the maze. Includes a battery-operated 2-foot tall marble launcher that makes the whole thing automatic so you can sit back and watch your creation run by itself.  A STEM kit that challenges problem solving skills and expands knowledge of mechanics and engineering. You add (3) "AA" batteries and a capacity for twisted thinking.

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$62.95 EACH

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