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Flexi-Sphere

Interesting wire contraption that we played with as a child. A series of (4) tiers of overlapping and intertwined brass wire semicircular hoops are anchored at the open end to a pair of full circles. The whole can be shaped into a tube, double balls, a flower petal, etc, depending upon what areas are opened, which closed. A variety of colored beads on the hoops add a decorative touch. Fun, intriguing and decorative all at the same time.

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FLEXI-SPHERE DESK TOY

Flexi-Sphere

Interesting wire contraption that we played with as a child. A series of (4) tiers of overlapping and intertwined brass wire semicircular hoops are anchored at the open end to a pair of full circles. The whole can be shaped into a tube, double balls, a flower petal, etc, depending upon what areas are opened, which closed. A variety of colored beads on the hoops add a decorative touch. Fun, intriguing and decorative all at the same time.

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$4.95 EACH

Alien Guys

Just like all those traditional Army guys, 2-1/2” tall in hard rubber, except that these guys are from a different planet. Our each is 12-pack of aliens in assorted colors of olive drab, gray, purple and neon green, which have larger heads and big smiles, just like real ones.

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ASSORTED RUBBER ALIEN FIGURES

Alien Guys

Just like all those traditional Army guys, 2-1/2” tall in hard rubber, except that these guys are from a different planet. Our each is 12-pack of aliens in assorted colors of olive drab, gray, purple and neon green, which have larger heads and big smiles, just like real ones.

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$3.75 EACH

Don't Take This Snake On A Plane

We don't know the folks at TSA, but we're hoping they won't let you on the plane with this remote-controlled rattler, for everyone's sake. Measures approx 16" long with (22) segments and creeps along quite quickly when you push the forward, left or right buttons on the snake-eggish infrared remote. Remote runs on (3) button-cell batteries, included, and the snake is rechargeable via the included USB charge cord. (If you're USB-deviceless, get our 40579 USB-out wall plug.) Range is about 20 feet. We'll pick a snake in serpauthentic speckled gray, speckeld white, or green or orange, all with a nice retractable tongue. Ages 8+.

Watch it in action!

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RECHARGEABLE REMOTE CONTROL SNAKE

Don't Take This Snake On A Plane

We don't know the folks at TSA, but we're hoping they won't let you on the plane with this remote-controlled rattler, for everyone's sake. Measures approx 16" long with (22) segments and creeps along quite quickly when you push the forward, left or right buttons on the snake-eggish infrared remote. Remote runs on (3) button-cell batteries, included, and the snake is rechargeable via the included USB charge cord. (If you're USB-deviceless, get our 40579 USB-out wall plug.) Range is about 20 feet. We'll pick a snake in serpauthentic speckled gray, speckeld white, or green or orange, all with a nice retractable tongue. Ages 8+.

Watch it in action!

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$18.95 EACH

Rebel Without A Utensil

You never know when you might find yourself in a ramen noodle gang fight. This switchblade spork is 6-1/2" long and snaps open to 11". Has a pushbutton trigger switch and a sliding safety so you don't spork yourself by mistake. If Russ Tamblyn had had one of these, he might still be a Jet.

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SWITCHBLADE SPORK

Rebel Without A Utensil

You never know when you might find yourself in a ramen noodle gang fight. This switchblade spork is 6-1/2" long and snaps open to 11". Has a pushbutton trigger switch and a sliding safety so you don't spork yourself by mistake. If Russ Tamblyn had had one of these, he might still be a Jet.

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$7.75 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

Rainbow Glasses

Neon strip cardboard spectacles with diffraction gratings as the lenses. You can see the regular world, but all light sources and bright objects appear in multiple rainbow hued images. The effect is a little as though the whole world were a giant hologram. Great stocking stuffer or birthday party item for grade school ages.

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RAINBOW DIFFRACTION GRATING GLASSES

Rainbow Glasses

Neon strip cardboard spectacles with diffraction gratings as the lenses. You can see the regular world, but all light sources and bright objects appear in multiple rainbow hued images. The effect is a little as though the whole world were a giant hologram. Great stocking stuffer or birthday party item for grade school ages.

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$2.60 PKG (2)
$2.95
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Sixty Stars, Sixty

Enough to decorate a big ceiling, or make a really special nightgown. These (60) flat, plastic stars measure 3/4" across and glow in the dark, not unlike the real thing. Includes a pack of tiny double-sided adhesive mounts.

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GITD STARS

Sixty Stars, Sixty

Enough to decorate a big ceiling, or make a really special nightgown. These (60) flat, plastic stars measure 3/4" across and glow in the dark, not unlike the real thing. Includes a pack of tiny double-sided adhesive mounts.

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$5.95 EACH

Magic Rocks

Geology for those with short attention spans? The original Magic Rocks®, of course! Mix the solution in a jar of water, drop in the pebbles, and watch them grow into a forest of multi-color stalagmites. Growth starts in 10 minutes, is impressive in 30 minutes, and complete (up to 4" tall) in 2 hours. Extra credit if you can make it grow stalactites by gluing the pebbles to the bottom of a jar, then pouring the solution in and turning it upside down. Who knows? Maybe it will work. Comes with a set of marine decals to decorate the jar. Definitely not for use with living fish. For ages 10 and up.

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MAGIC ROCK CRYSTAL GROWING SET

Magic Rocks

Geology for those with short attention spans? The original Magic Rocks®, of course! Mix the solution in a jar of water, drop in the pebbles, and watch them grow into a forest of multi-color stalagmites. Growth starts in 10 minutes, is impressive in 30 minutes, and complete (up to 4" tall) in 2 hours. Extra credit if you can make it grow stalactites by gluing the pebbles to the bottom of a jar, then pouring the solution in and turning it upside down. Who knows? Maybe it will work. Comes with a set of marine decals to decorate the jar. Definitely not for use with living fish. For ages 10 and up.

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$5.95 EACH

Mesmerizing Egg

More goose-sized than chicken-sized at 3-3/4" tall x 2-3/4" max dia, this soft, translucent-rubber egg glows with color. It can be set to stay one hue, or to change very slowly from purple through blue, green, orange and red to purple…. Very Zen. Or very cute in an Easter basket. Runs on (3) replaceable button-cell batteries, included.

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COLOR-CHANGE EGG

Mesmerizing Egg

More goose-sized than chicken-sized at 3-3/4" tall x 2-3/4" max dia, this soft, translucent-rubber egg glows with color. It can be set to stay one hue, or to change very slowly from purple through blue, green, orange and red to purple…. Very Zen. Or very cute in an Easter basket. Runs on (3) replaceable button-cell batteries, included.

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$5.75 EACH

Articulated Sasquatch

Ready to fulfill all of your unmet movable yeti needs, this 6-1/2" tall plastic bigfoot has articulated ankles, knees, hips, waist, shoulders and elbows, which makes him posable in more positions than Twyla Tharp.

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ARTICULATED BIGFOOT DOLL

Articulated Sasquatch

Ready to fulfill all of your unmet movable yeti needs, this 6-1/2" tall plastic bigfoot has articulated ankles, knees, hips, waist, shoulders and elbows, which makes him posable in more positions than Twyla Tharp.

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$16.75 EACH

Special Slime Suckers

What makes these squeezable slime suckers so special is how cool they are when, after sucking up a goodly slurp of slime, they can be squozen to spit a blob of it back out. You’ll get a snail or monster head sucker, approx  2" long, plus a little tub of slime, in assorted colors. They could make 50 minutes of algebra just fly by.

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SLIME SUCKERS

Special Slime Suckers

What makes these squeezable slime suckers so special is how cool they are when, after sucking up a goodly slurp of slime, they can be squozen to spit a blob of it back out. You’ll get a snail or monster head sucker, approx  2" long, plus a little tub of slime, in assorted colors. They could make 50 minutes of algebra just fly by.

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$2.95 EACH

Jacob's Ladder

It's nice to know that some things don't change. One is the Jacob's Ladder. Still made with (6) slabs of wood, each about 2" x 2" x 1/2", each a bright combination of colors, and all connected by a contrasting ribbon. Hold one end up and let the string of slabs dangle. When you flop the top block end for end, each lower slab in turn will flop end for end. Fascinating. Particularly if you are about 5 to 9 years old.

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CLASSIC JACOB'S LADDER WOODEN TOY

Jacob's Ladder

It's nice to know that some things don't change. One is the Jacob's Ladder. Still made with (6) slabs of wood, each about 2" x 2" x 1/2", each a bright combination of colors, and all connected by a contrasting ribbon. Hold one end up and let the string of slabs dangle. When you flop the top block end for end, each lower slab in turn will flop end for end. Fascinating. Particularly if you are about 5 to 9 years old.

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$4.95 EACH

Launch Like Leonardo

Based on drawings from Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus, this Pathfinders catapult kit uses a pair of bent wooden arms as springs to launch clay balls (included) over (4) meters at enemy fortifications (not included, go make your own enemies). The assembled model will be approx 9" tall on a 10" x 7-1/4" base. Made from pre-cut, untreated wood from sustainable forests, and built with pegs for added strength and verisimilitude. A 2013 Creative Child Magazine Top Toy of the Year Winner and a great resource for STEM activities. For ages 12 and up.

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DA VINCI CATAPULT

Launch Like Leonardo

Based on drawings from Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus, this Pathfinders catapult kit uses a pair of bent wooden arms as springs to launch clay balls (included) over (4) meters at enemy fortifications (not included, go make your own enemies). The assembled model will be approx 9" tall on a 10" x 7-1/4" base. Made from pre-cut, untreated wood from sustainable forests, and built with pegs for added strength and verisimilitude. A 2013 Creative Child Magazine Top Toy of the Year Winner and a great resource for STEM activities. For ages 12 and up.

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$19.95 EACH

Not Your Grandmother's Postcards

This whimsical pack of (30) postcards measures, unsurprisingly, post-card size 5-3/4" x 3-15/16", with non-duplicating images of gravy and bacon, Nikola Tesla, narwhals, spontaneous human combustion, boxing kangaroos, infinity and taxidermy, among many others of that ilk. Those ilks. Whatever--just buy 'em and stop asking so many questions. Blurbs on the back.

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SCIENCE AND WHIMSICAL POSTCARDS

Not Your Grandmother's Postcards

This whimsical pack of (30) postcards measures, unsurprisingly, post-card size 5-3/4" x 3-15/16", with non-duplicating images of gravy and bacon, Nikola Tesla, narwhals, spontaneous human combustion, boxing kangaroos, infinity and taxidermy, among many others of that ilk. Those ilks. Whatever--just buy 'em and stop asking so many questions. Blurbs on the back.

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$8.85 EACH

All The Moon’s Men

Astronautical kids will love this pack of (12) little space-suited astronaut figures, a couple of them holding flags, and all at 2-5/8” tall. Yes, that would be the total number of ’nauts who walked on the moon, although (4) of these figures have removed their helmets, which would have been a big mistake in a real-life moon visit.

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ASSORTED ASTRONAUT FIGURES

All The Moon’s Men

Astronautical kids will love this pack of (12) little space-suited astronaut figures, a couple of them holding flags, and all at 2-5/8” tall. Yes, that would be the total number of ’nauts who walked on the moon, although (4) of these figures have removed their helmets, which would have been a big mistake in a real-life moon visit.

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$5.95 EACH

Time Is Running Out...

Like the days of our lives, the sand in this glass timer is running out. This hourglass is a double teardrop shape with blue sand, and takes approx an hour to empty (nothing was certain in the pre-digital age, my friend), and stands 11-1/4" tall x 4" dia. Keep one on your desk and no one can accuse you of being a clock-watcher, or use it anywhere you'd rather not hear a beep.

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BLUE HOURGLASS

Time Is Running Out...

Like the days of our lives, the sand in this glass timer is running out. This hourglass is a double teardrop shape with blue sand, and takes approx an hour to empty (nothing was certain in the pre-digital age, my friend), and stands 11-1/4" tall x 4" dia. Keep one on your desk and no one can accuse you of being a clock-watcher, or use it anywhere you'd rather not hear a beep.

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$21.95 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? 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

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