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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

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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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, winged wooden dragon ad b-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 BI-PLANE 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, winged wooden dragon ad b-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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$9.50 EACH
$17.50
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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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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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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 its 200+ pieces and is made for ages 12 and up.

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$59.95 EACH

Fueled By The Sun

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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14-IN-1 SOLAR ROBOT KIT

Fueled By The Sun

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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$33.95 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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$12.95 EACH

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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$41.95 EACH
$44.95
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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 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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RUNS ON SALT WATER

Back before Elon Musk was a gleam in a battery manufacturer's eye, there was a constant rumor that Detroit knew how to make cars that ran on water but kept it secret (ask your grandfather). Now it's come true—and you can build one yourself! This (85)-piece kit from Elenco® results in an ATV-ish rover that runs on salt water, with no batteries required. Measures 4-1/2” long x 3-1/2” wide with an adjustable height. Transparent case means you can see the pistons move in the V-4 engine. Ages 8+.

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Salt Powered ATV

RUNS ON SALT WATER

Back before Elon Musk was a gleam in a battery manufacturer's eye, there was a constant rumor that Detroit knew how to make cars that ran on water but kept it secret (ask your grandfather). Now it's come true—and you can build one yourself! This (85)-piece kit from Elenco® results in an ATV-ish rover that runs on salt water, with no batteries required. Measures 4-1/2” long x 3-1/2” wide with an adjustable height. Transparent case means you can see the pistons move in the V-4 engine. Ages 8+.

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$28.50 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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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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$21.95 EACH

D-I-Y T-Rex

Dinosaur of steel would be a great album name for a heavy metal group, but until that happens it’s going to refer to our metal model of a T-rex from the educational series of Totally Cool Toys. Has (169) pieces, including nuts, bolts and tools, and you’ll get some foam accents to give the steel skeleton a fuller look. Instructions included. Ages 6+.

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169-PIECE DIY METAL T-REX MODEL

D-I-Y T-Rex

Dinosaur of steel would be a great album name for a heavy metal group, but until that happens it’s going to refer to our metal model of a T-rex from the educational series of Totally Cool Toys. Has (169) pieces, including nuts, bolts and tools, and you’ll get some foam accents to give the steel skeleton a fuller look. Instructions included. Ages 6+.

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$10.95 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

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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$14.35 EACH

Drivers, Start Your Marbles

The Indy 500 dropped that “Gentlemen” intro years ago, and so do we for the start of the most exciting marble-maze run this side of wherever the other most exciting marble-maze run is held. The (100)-piece Marble Mania® HOTSHOT construction set won the Top Toy of the Year award from Creative Child Magazine. Includes a marble launcher, windmill drop, gears, multiple track styles and a color manual. Finished set is a foot and a half tall, unless you design your own bigger version. Ages 8+.!WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD–Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.


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Marble Mania Hotshot Construction Kit

Drivers, Start Your Marbles

The Indy 500 dropped that “Gentlemen” intro years ago, and so do we for the start of the most exciting marble-maze run this side of wherever the other most exciting marble-maze run is held. The (100)-piece Marble Mania® HOTSHOT construction set won the Top Toy of the Year award from Creative Child Magazine. Includes a marble launcher, windmill drop, gears, multiple track styles and a color manual. Finished set is a foot and a half tall, unless you design your own bigger version. Ages 8+.!WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD–Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.


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$33.95 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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$38.95 EACH

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