COLORING & PROJECT BOOKS

Go Ballistic

If you're devoted to explosions, and who isn't, you'll love the new expanded 2nd edition of William Gurstelle's Backyard Ballistics, now 25% longer, with 25% more ka-boomery. Still the go-to reference work for building rockets, cannons (carbide and potato), flingers, fire kites, electromagnetic pipe guns, tennis ball mortars, cleaner-bag balloons, ballistic pendula and petards. You simply can't have more fun with common household materials. The soft-cover, 210pp compendium includes detailed and illustrated instructions, parts lists and sensible ways not to be hoist on your own petard. Be careful out there.

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BACKYARD BALLISTICS

Go Ballistic

If you're devoted to explosions, and who isn't, you'll love the new expanded 2nd edition of William Gurstelle's Backyard Ballistics, now 25% longer, with 25% more ka-boomery. Still the go-to reference work for building rockets, cannons (carbide and potato), flingers, fire kites, electromagnetic pipe guns, tennis ball mortars, cleaner-bag balloons, ballistic pendula and petards. You simply can't have more fun with common household materials. The soft-cover, 210pp compendium includes detailed and illustrated instructions, parts lists and sensible ways not to be hoist on your own petard. Be careful out there.

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$16.95 EACH

Field & Forest Guide

Titled "The Field and Forest Handy Book," this volume has been justifiably in print since 1906. Written by Daniel C. "Uncle Dan" Beard, the founder of the Sons of Daniel Boone and one of the founders of the BSA, it's a compendium of eternally relevant woodland lore, from building cabins, sleds, boats, and bridges to camping in swamps. The only part we skipped was on how to cook a muskrat. (We know a place that delivers.) Loaded with illustrations. In soft cover from David Godine's Nonpareil Books, 428 pages.

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FIELD & FOREST GUIDE

Field & Forest Guide

Titled "The Field and Forest Handy Book," this volume has been justifiably in print since 1906. Written by Daniel C. "Uncle Dan" Beard, the founder of the Sons of Daniel Boone and one of the founders of the BSA, it's a compendium of eternally relevant woodland lore, from building cabins, sleds, boats, and bridges to camping in swamps. The only part we skipped was on how to cook a muskrat. (We know a place that delivers.) Loaded with illustrations. In soft cover from David Godine's Nonpareil Books, 428 pages.

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$14.95 EACH

Science Without A Lab

50 Science Things to Make and Do is just that, a passel of experiments, all illustratively explained in two facing pages of this big 104-page flip book, and all easily done with common household items. Includes wind and water power, bugs, crystals, paper planes, rubber-band guitars, balances, gloop, optics and a ton of other fun, informative stuff. Officially classified as "cool" by several of our geekiest staffers.

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SCIENCE MAKE AND DO BOOK

Science Without A Lab

50 Science Things to Make and Do is just that, a passel of experiments, all illustratively explained in two facing pages of this big 104-page flip book, and all easily done with common household items. Includes wind and water power, bugs, crystals, paper planes, rubber-band guitars, balances, gloop, optics and a ton of other fun, informative stuff. Officially classified as "cool" by several of our geekiest staffers.

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$9.50 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? ! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD–Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs. 

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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? ! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD–Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs. 

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$20.95 EACH

How Does It Work?

Why does it do that? Develop an elemental understanding of magnetism, electromagnetism, electrochemistry, radio, thermodynamics, light and optics. Simon Quellen Field's 228-page paperback, Gonzo Gizmos, Projects & Devices to Channel your Inner Geek explains processes, equipment and scientific terms -- and then, for starters, tells you things like how to make a rotary steam engine in 15 minutes from a soda can, a candle and a few scraps of rubber tubing. It's the favorite of our resident geeks -- but not for kids unless they're working with an adult. That would be a mature adult. An insured, mature adult.

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GONZO GIZMOS BOOK

How Does It Work?

Why does it do that? Develop an elemental understanding of magnetism, electromagnetism, electrochemistry, radio, thermodynamics, light and optics. Simon Quellen Field's 228-page paperback, Gonzo Gizmos, Projects & Devices to Channel your Inner Geek explains processes, equipment and scientific terms -- and then, for starters, tells you things like how to make a rotary steam engine in 15 minutes from a soda can, a candle and a few scraps of rubber tubing. It's the favorite of our resident geeks -- but not for kids unless they're working with an adult. That would be a mature adult. An insured, mature adult.

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$16.95 EACH

Make Mini Mayhem

A must-have for micro-warriors; Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction by John Austin (author of the best-selling Cubicle Warfare) is 241 pages of detailed instructions for building (42) implements of spitball warfare from ordinary household objects and office supplies. With the caveat that this is written for responsible individuals who take reasonable safety precautions (don't do anything your mother would scream at) we have to say that we love the binder-clip crossbow and the tongue-depressor catapult. Volume 2, which is 251 pages, has a secret-agent flair with new gadgets like the push-pin dart, toothpaste periscope and cereal briefcase. Volume 3, 267 pages, continues with a Medieval flavor and over a dozen catapults and ballistae, plus a buncha bows and crossbows. Oh, just buy the whole 3-volume Library of Destruction and get it over with.

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MINI WEAPONS 2 BOOK

Make Mini Mayhem

A must-have for micro-warriors; Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction by John Austin (author of the best-selling Cubicle Warfare) is 241 pages of detailed instructions for building (42) implements of spitball warfare from ordinary household objects and office supplies. With the caveat that this is written for responsible individuals who take reasonable safety precautions (don't do anything your mother would scream at) we have to say that we love the binder-clip crossbow and the tongue-depressor catapult. Volume 2, which is 251 pages, has a secret-agent flair with new gadgets like the push-pin dart, toothpaste periscope and cereal briefcase. Volume 3, 267 pages, continues with a Medieval flavor and over a dozen catapults and ballistae, plus a buncha bows and crossbows. Oh, just buy the whole 3-volume Library of Destruction and get it over with.

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Web-Linked Astronomy

This 96pp, full-color, heavily illustrated book, "The Usborne Internet-Linked Book of Astronomy & Space," is written with a quick-link to the publisher's website, where there are updated links to internet sites that correspond to specific pages of the text. Sections include the solar system, stars, constellations, telescopes, photography and a plethora of astronomical facts and lists. From Usborne Publishing.

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ASTRO BOOK

Web-Linked Astronomy

This 96pp, full-color, heavily illustrated book, "The Usborne Internet-Linked Book of Astronomy & Space," is written with a quick-link to the publisher's website, where there are updated links to internet sites that correspond to specific pages of the text. Sections include the solar system, stars, constellations, telescopes, photography and a plethora of astronomical facts and lists. From Usborne Publishing.

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$14.99 EACH

Surprise! Surprise!

Surprise your parents with a little science at home. “Science Surprises” is a 192-page paperback in its third edition with over 100 experiments that can be done using common household goodies. OK, a couple of things might require a trip to the hardware store, but still.  The science ranges from the Bernoulli principle and Stroop effect to making your own perfume and cold cream. (And remember what Shaw said: “Science never solves a problem without creating ten more,” so that makes a thousand experiments.)

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SCIENCE SURPRISES BOOK WITH EXPERIMENTS

Surprise! Surprise!

Surprise your parents with a little science at home. “Science Surprises” is a 192-page paperback in its third edition with over 100 experiments that can be done using common household goodies. OK, a couple of things might require a trip to the hardware store, but still.  The science ranges from the Bernoulli principle and Stroop effect to making your own perfume and cold cream. (And remember what Shaw said: “Science never solves a problem without creating ten more,” so that makes a thousand experiments.)

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$14.95 EACH

Valentine Folders

A stylistic cartoon cutout (dog, cat, bear or pig) folds its head and its feet (paws?) over a school picture or signature. Kids too young to write much will be giggly over the heartfelt Valentine messages, like the pink pig who says "HOG WILD OVER YOU," the red dog who says "I WUFF YOU," etc. You get (6) of each type, for a total of (24) in your order. Goofy cute.

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PACKAGE (24) ANIMAL FOLD-UPS

Valentine Folders

A stylistic cartoon cutout (dog, cat, bear or pig) folds its head and its feet (paws?) over a school picture or signature. Kids too young to write much will be giggly over the heartfelt Valentine messages, like the pink pig who says "HOG WILD OVER YOU," the red dog who says "I WUFF YOU," etc. You get (6) of each type, for a total of (24) in your order. Goofy cute.

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$0.95 EACH

Knot For Everyone

Knot everyone knows how much fun knots are. You can join the knot knowledgeable with Knots, Splices and Rope Work an 88-page soft-cover book originally published in 1917. Includes detailed instructions for tying many dozens of knots, ties, bends, hitches, loops, nooses, lashings, seizings, splices and things like the Matthew Walker, Selvagee Tie, Flemish Eye and the Topsail-Halyard Toggle. Includes (4) pieces of nylon rope for practice. Will tie up a kid for weeks.

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KNOTS, SPLICES & ROPE WORK BOOK

Knot For Everyone

Knot everyone knows how much fun knots are. You can join the knot knowledgeable with Knots, Splices and Rope Work an 88-page soft-cover book originally published in 1917. Includes detailed instructions for tying many dozens of knots, ties, bends, hitches, loops, nooses, lashings, seizings, splices and things like the Matthew Walker, Selvagee Tie, Flemish Eye and the Topsail-Halyard Toggle. Includes (4) pieces of nylon rope for practice. Will tie up a kid for weeks.

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$12.95 EACH

3D Coloring Book

Kids driving you nuts? We think a 3D coloring book ought to tie 'em up for an hour or two. You get a book with (8) different pictures to color, including the ocean, planets, hot air balloons, birds, and others. You also get (5) markers, (1) each in orange, red, yellow, blue and green, plus a coloring guide and a pair of cardboard 3D glasses. It's almost like real life.

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3D COLORING BOOK

3D Coloring Book

Kids driving you nuts? We think a 3D coloring book ought to tie 'em up for an hour or two. You get a book with (8) different pictures to color, including the ocean, planets, hot air balloons, birds, and others. You also get (5) markers, (1) each in orange, red, yellow, blue and green, plus a coloring guide and a pair of cardboard 3D glasses. It's almost like real life.

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$6.95 EACH

Author! Author!

Very popular with elementary school teachers, these hardcover blank books let students create their own storybooks. (Middle-schoolers interviewing and making books for primary grade kids is a popular and civilizing project.) Also great for sketching, journaling or scrapbooking. Pure white blank covers with (14) sheets (28 pages) of 80-lb blank paper inside with a sewn-in binding. You pick the 6” x 8” books or the 8-1/2” x 11” versions.

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SMALL BLANK HARDCOVER BOOK

Author! Author!

Very popular with elementary school teachers, these hardcover blank books let students create their own storybooks. (Middle-schoolers interviewing and making books for primary grade kids is a popular and civilizing project.) Also great for sketching, journaling or scrapbooking. Pure white blank covers with (14) sheets (28 pages) of 80-lb blank paper inside with a sewn-in binding. You pick the 6” x 8” books or the 8-1/2” x 11” versions.

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$2.75 EACH

Broken Hearts

Our each is a set of (8) sturdy plain white heart-shaped jigsaw puzzles, along with envelopes to mail the pieces in. You paint or draw on the blanks (think Valentines, invitations, or general lovey stuff), snap them apart and send the pieces to someone you really like. Hearts are approx 5-1/2” across on 6” x 8” cardboards.

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8 WHITE HEART JIGSAW PUZZLES

Broken Hearts

Our each is a set of (8) sturdy plain white heart-shaped jigsaw puzzles, along with envelopes to mail the pieces in. You paint or draw on the blanks (think Valentines, invitations, or general lovey stuff), snap them apart and send the pieces to someone you really like. Hearts are approx 5-1/2” across on 6” x 8” cardboards.

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$8.95 EACH

Fun For Fussbudgets

Not just coloring books, but adult coloring books for people who really, really, really like to stay between the lines. And who want there to be a lot of lines. You pick. The 138-page Art Therapy coloring book has (84) pages of intricate designs of all sorts, plus (44) pages of “doodling” opportunities with partially completed pictures and plenty of room to add additional doodles. The 128-page Happy Doodles coloring book is full of flora, fauna and folks just waiting for someone with a lot of colored pencils and patience. Both are 7-1/4” x 9-1/2” with designs on both sides of the pages.

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ART THERAPY COLORING BOOK

Fun For Fussbudgets

Not just coloring books, but adult coloring books for people who really, really, really like to stay between the lines. And who want there to be a lot of lines. You pick. The 138-page Art Therapy coloring book has (84) pages of intricate designs of all sorts, plus (44) pages of “doodling” opportunities with partially completed pictures and plenty of room to add additional doodles. The 128-page Happy Doodles coloring book is full of flora, fauna and folks just waiting for someone with a lot of colored pencils and patience. Both are 7-1/4” x 9-1/2” with designs on both sides of the pages.

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$4.75 EACH

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