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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

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

Prove You're Hot Stuff

Hold the bottom onion-shaped bulb of this 4" glass toy in your hand and watch the liquid (green, red, blue or purple, we'll pick) magically bubble up into the top chamber and keep on bubbling like the dickens, as your grandmother used to say. The magic is ethyl alcohol and physics. WARNING! The glass if fragile and the liquid is nasty. If you drop the thing in the kitchen it will eat the finish off the tile and permanently stain the floor, so don't let the kids handle this item unsupervised.

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GLASS HAND BOILER TOY

Prove You're Hot Stuff

Hold the bottom onion-shaped bulb of this 4" glass toy in your hand and watch the liquid (green, red, blue or purple, we'll pick) magically bubble up into the top chamber and keep on bubbling like the dickens, as your grandmother used to say. The magic is ethyl alcohol and physics. WARNING! The glass if fragile and the liquid is nasty. If you drop the thing in the kitchen it will eat the finish off the tile and permanently stain the floor, so don't let the kids handle this item unsupervised.

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$3.95 EACH

Desktop Atom

Yes, your desktop is made of atoms (you, too) but this is a 7" dia chrome and black model of an atomic structure (Boronish, Paul says) that keeps on turning via the magic of electromagnetics, at least until the 9V battery you put in it wears out. Stands approx 9" tall on its base.  Ignore that "perpetual motion" on the box, unless you have a perpetual battery. Minimal assembly required, but a maximum person like you won't have a problem with it.

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PERPETUAL MOTION ATOMIC MODEL

Desktop Atom

Yes, your desktop is made of atoms (you, too) but this is a 7" dia chrome and black model of an atomic structure (Boronish, Paul says) that keeps on turning via the magic of electromagnetics, at least until the 9V battery you put in it wears out. Stands approx 9" tall on its base.  Ignore that "perpetual motion" on the box, unless you have a perpetual battery. Minimal assembly required, but a maximum person like you won't have a problem with it.

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$14.95 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

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

Hydrorocket Science Fun

If Werner Von Braun had used these, London would have just gotten wet. Have some good clean fun with this Hydrotech" Aquazone" rocket set. You get (2) 5- 3/4" tall water rockets and (1) 8- 3/4" rocket, plus (2) filling funnels and a piston pump for power. Includes a 6-page pamphlet on rocketry. For ages 8+, for good clean outside fun.

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WATER-POWERED AQUAZONE ROCKETS

Hydrorocket Science Fun

If Werner Von Braun had used these, London would have just gotten wet. Have some good clean fun with this Hydrotech" Aquazone" rocket set. You get (2) 5- 3/4" tall water rockets and (1) 8- 3/4" rocket, plus (2) filling funnels and a piston pump for power. Includes a 6-page pamphlet on rocketry. For ages 8+, for good clean outside fun.

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$11.95 EACH

Jaw Harp...The Dentist's Friend

Plunk your magic twanger and call yourself froggy. This 3-5/8" long steel jaw harp, or mouth harp, is technically a plucked idiophone, but don't say that in Nashville. Includes playing instructions. Pay no attention to that vibration in your head.

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STEEL JAW HARP

Jaw Harp...The Dentist's Friend

Plunk your magic twanger and call yourself froggy. This 3-5/8" long steel jaw harp, or mouth harp, is technically a plucked idiophone, but don't say that in Nashville. Includes playing instructions. Pay no attention to that vibration in your head.

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$6.95 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

Soprano in C

Special for your beginner tootler. Our black (ABS plastic) soprano recorder measures 12-5/8" long and includes a plastic carrying case, cleaning rod, and a sheet of fingering instructions.

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RECORDER FLUTE

Soprano in C

Special for your beginner tootler. Our black (ABS plastic) soprano recorder measures 12-5/8" long and includes a plastic carrying case, cleaning rod, and a sheet of fingering instructions.

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$3.75 EACH

Drinking Glasses

Literally. These clear, plastic-tubing faux-specs start in your soda, wrap around your ears and eyes, sit on your nose and end up in your mouth. You slurp and your drink zips around your face and into your yap. The last word in sophisticated beverage consumption. Made of 1/8" and 1/4" tubing, the slurp-parts detach for when you're not drinking. Some folks here believe we got this, despite the fact that it's in perfect working order, because the package says "It's suck-sational!"

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SILLY STRAW DRINKING GLASSES

Drinking Glasses

Literally. These clear, plastic-tubing faux-specs start in your soda, wrap around your ears and eyes, sit on your nose and end up in your mouth. You slurp and your drink zips around your face and into your yap. The last word in sophisticated beverage consumption. Made of 1/8" and 1/4" tubing, the slurp-parts detach for when you're not drinking. Some folks here believe we got this, despite the fact that it's in perfect working order, because the package says "It's suck-sational!"

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$3.95 EACH

Puff the Magic AirZooka

Great balls of air! The mighty AIRZOOKA is back--and as cool as ever! Looking like a plastic bucket with a handle and a flip-up gun sight, it blasts a puff of air up to 50 feet. Blow out candles from across the room (and avoid spitting on birthday cakes), spook the cat, disperse bugs, take target practice at styrofoam cups or buy a pair and play air-tag. Measures roughly 11” tall x 11” dia in bright green or ninja-ish black plastic (We'll pick from what's currently available.) and is, frankly, much more fun than you would imagine.

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AIR CANNON

Puff the Magic AirZooka

Great balls of air! The mighty AIRZOOKA is back--and as cool as ever! Looking like a plastic bucket with a handle and a flip-up gun sight, it blasts a puff of air up to 50 feet. Blow out candles from across the room (and avoid spitting on birthday cakes), spook the cat, disperse bugs, take target practice at styrofoam cups or buy a pair and play air-tag. Measures roughly 11” tall x 11” dia in bright green or ninja-ish black plastic (We'll pick from what's currently available.) and is, frankly, much more fun than you would imagine.

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$20.95 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

Dragons-R-We

We not only know our pronoun cases, but we sell some of the fiercest little dragons this side of Drogo's funeral pyre. We'll pick one from our lovely assortment of molded snarling fire-breathers, all with either a wingspan of approx 6" or no wings but two heads. With highly detailed scales and teeth, these beasts come in green, orange, purple-ish, blue and gray, all in different poses of terror. Click on the photo for more images.

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ASSORTED SNARLING DETAILED PLASTIC DRAGONS

Dragons-R-We

We not only know our pronoun cases, but we sell some of the fiercest little dragons this side of Drogo's funeral pyre. We'll pick one from our lovely assortment of molded snarling fire-breathers, all with either a wingspan of approx 6" or no wings but two heads. With highly detailed scales and teeth, these beasts come in green, orange, purple-ish, blue and gray, all in different poses of terror. Click on the photo for more images.

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$4.95 EACH

The Dronette

Sometimes you just need an itty-bitty drone. As always, you’ve come to the right place. Our X20 Pocket drone is a quad-rotor from Syma/Tenergy. Billy, our drone expert, says it’s super-stable and a blast to fly! Measures 4” across x just 1” thick with an approx 66-foot range for about (5) minutes on each 70-minute charge. Features 360-degree flip and headless modes in addition to standard throttle/rudder/elevator and aileron controls. Comes with spare rotor blades, a USB charge cable and a 16-page instruction manual.For ages 8+ and you’ll need to add (4) “AAA”s for the remote.

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POCKET QUAD-ROTOR DRONE

The Dronette

Sometimes you just need an itty-bitty drone. As always, you’ve come to the right place. Our X20 Pocket drone is a quad-rotor from Syma/Tenergy. Billy, our drone expert, says it’s super-stable and a blast to fly! Measures 4” across x just 1” thick with an approx 66-foot range for about (5) minutes on each 70-minute charge. Features 360-degree flip and headless modes in addition to standard throttle/rudder/elevator and aileron controls. Comes with spare rotor blades, a USB charge cable and a 16-page instruction manual.For ages 8+ and you’ll need to add (4) “AAA”s for the remote.

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$19.95 EACH

Teutonic Noise

This well-made plastic siren/whistle, a touch over 3/4" in diameter and a similar touch under 2" long, has a perforated metal disk that rotates in response to a silent blast from the perpetrator's lungs. This creates a high-pitched, loud and certainly distinctive siren-sound that picks up pitch in relation to the air velocity, sustains it as long as your wind holds out, and winds down quickly thereafter. A fine way to signal your arrival or departure. Probably not loud enough to collect the clan at the beach, but loud enough to get their attention in the classroom! The size makes it hard, but not impossible, to swallow, so please use care in teaching youngsters to sound like a miniature air raid siren.

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SIREN WHISTLE

Teutonic Noise

This well-made plastic siren/whistle, a touch over 3/4" in diameter and a similar touch under 2" long, has a perforated metal disk that rotates in response to a silent blast from the perpetrator's lungs. This creates a high-pitched, loud and certainly distinctive siren-sound that picks up pitch in relation to the air velocity, sustains it as long as your wind holds out, and winds down quickly thereafter. A fine way to signal your arrival or departure. Probably not loud enough to collect the clan at the beach, but loud enough to get their attention in the classroom! The size makes it hard, but not impossible, to swallow, so please use care in teaching youngsters to sound like a miniature air raid siren.

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$2.75 PKG (5)

Lilliputian Jet Ski

You say you don’t have a cottage on a lake? Can’t afford a jet ski anyway? No problem. Just crank up your 4-1/2" long, twin-prop remote control jet ski and run laps in the hot tub or kids’ pool. Has a 50-foot range and is available with 27MHz and 49MHz frequencies. Includes a removable rubber rider. You add one “AAA” battery for the unit and (4) “AA”s for the remote.

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REMOTE CONTROL JET SKI

Lilliputian Jet Ski

You say you don’t have a cottage on a lake? Can’t afford a jet ski anyway? No problem. Just crank up your 4-1/2" long, twin-prop remote control jet ski and run laps in the hot tub or kids’ pool. Has a 50-foot range and is available with 27MHz and 49MHz frequencies. Includes a removable rubber rider. You add one “AAA” battery for the unit and (4) “AA”s for the remote.

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$14.95 EACH

Tropical Stress Fruit

What's yellow, 7-1/2" long and lowers your blood pressure? The Stress Banana. Filled with some sort of gooshy fluid that we can only imagine, it's squeezably soft and returns to its original banananess right in your hand, which CJ says is "strangely cathartic," and who among us can't use a little catharsis from time to time?

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STRESS RELEASE BANANA

Tropical Stress Fruit

What's yellow, 7-1/2" long and lowers your blood pressure? The Stress Banana. Filled with some sort of gooshy fluid that we can only imagine, it's squeezably soft and returns to its original banananess right in your hand, which CJ says is "strangely cathartic," and who among us can't use a little catharsis from time to time?

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$7.95 EACH

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