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CONSTRUCTION / MECHANICAL KITS

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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$33.95 EACH
$39.50
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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 60-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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60-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 60-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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$23.95 EACH
$39.95
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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

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

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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$28.95 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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$39.95 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

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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$28.95 EACH
$34.95
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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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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

If Vercingetorix Had Had This Kit…

...he might never have been strangled. Catapults & Crossbows is our new favorite kit for explaining the physics of gunpowder-free projectiles. Includes a 32-page instruction book and all the parts you need to build (5) different crossbows and (5) different catapults and trebuchets with modular pieces and pins. Don’t try to defeat a Caesar without it. From Thames & Kosmos. For ages 8+.

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THAMES & KOSMOS CATAPULTS & CROSSBOWS KIT

If Vercingetorix Had Had This Kit…

...he might never have been strangled. Catapults & Crossbows is our new favorite kit for explaining the physics of gunpowder-free projectiles. Includes a 32-page instruction book and all the parts you need to build (5) different crossbows and (5) different catapults and trebuchets with modular pieces and pins. Don’t try to defeat a Caesar without it. From Thames & Kosmos. For ages 8+.

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$24.95 EACH

QuadraBot

Take the (32) pieces in this motorized robot kit and you can make a 6-legged cricket, a gear-driven trailer, a two-legged rolling beastie or a grandfather. And all of them are as cute as robot buttons, especially the bobble-headed grampa. From OWI, the robot people. Sizes vary, but he’ll stand 10-1/2” tall. You add (1) “AA” battery for power. Solderless, but bring a screwdriver and side cutters.

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32-PIECE MULTI-SHAPE ROBOT KIT

QuadraBot

Take the (32) pieces in this motorized robot kit and you can make a 6-legged cricket, a gear-driven trailer, a two-legged rolling beastie or a grandfather. And all of them are as cute as robot buttons, especially the bobble-headed grampa. From OWI, the robot people. Sizes vary, but he’ll stand 10-1/2” tall. You add (1) “AA” battery for power. Solderless, but bring a screwdriver and side cutters.

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$19.50 EACH

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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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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$24.95 EACH
$29.95
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Wooden You Rather Use Wood?

Who woodn’t, really? In a world of plastics, it’s hard to beat a model fashioned from pieces of dead trees. You pick from our assortment of pre-cut unfinished wood models made for ages 8+, and all you add is wood glue, paint, sandpaper and simple hand tools: the 12-piece drag racer will measure 6-3/4” long x 2” tall and the 35-piece steam engine will measure 7-3/8” long x 4-3/8” tall.

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WOODEN DRAGSTER MODEL KIT

Wooden You Rather Use Wood?

Who woodn’t, really? In a world of plastics, it’s hard to beat a model fashioned from pieces of dead trees. You pick from our assortment of pre-cut unfinished wood models made for ages 8+, and all you add is wood glue, paint, sandpaper and simple hand tools: the 12-piece drag racer will measure 6-3/4” long x 2” tall and the 35-piece steam engine will measure 7-3/8” long x 4-3/8” tall.

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