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Insect Inspection

When you peer through your magnifying glass at this specimen, or focus your microscope on it, even at the lower magnifications which work best, you're looking at one big bug. Make that (4) big bugs. The insects are real, encased in clear acrylic blocks 1-3/4" x 1-1/4" x up to 11/16" thick, and ready for inspection. Set 1 includes a scorpion, giant ant, wasp and a flower bug. Set 2 is a cricket, locust, yellow leaf beetle, and crab. No, not a crab louse or a crab spider, but definitely a crab ugly.

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ENCASED INSECT SPECIMENS SET 1

Insect Inspection

When you peer through your magnifying glass at this specimen, or focus your microscope on it, even at the lower magnifications which work best, you're looking at one big bug. Make that (4) big bugs. The insects are real, encased in clear acrylic blocks 1-3/4" x 1-1/4" x up to 11/16" thick, and ready for inspection. Set 1 includes a scorpion, giant ant, wasp and a flower bug. Set 2 is a cricket, locust, yellow leaf beetle, and crab. No, not a crab louse or a crab spider, but definitely a crab ugly.

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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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$12.95 EACH

Soil Test Kits

The budding home scientist and horticulturist will both delight in the ease with which this self contained soil test kit brings discovery. The kit measures not only ph., but also Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potash content and contains material for 40 tests. Since these are the essential ingredients affecting plant nutrition, we see a science project in the making: experimental plant growth in soils with different amounts of acidity and/or nutrients. From Luster Leaf(tm), the kit is entirely self contained and includes complete instructions for use and explanations. Be careful, please, the kit does have chemicals and should not be used by young children without supervision.

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RAPITEST MULTI SOIL TEST KIT

Soil Test Kits

The budding home scientist and horticulturist will both delight in the ease with which this self contained soil test kit brings discovery. The kit measures not only ph., but also Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potash content and contains material for 40 tests. Since these are the essential ingredients affecting plant nutrition, we see a science project in the making: experimental plant growth in soils with different amounts of acidity and/or nutrients. From Luster Leaf(tm), the kit is entirely self contained and includes complete instructions for use and explanations. Be careful, please, the kit does have chemicals and should not be used by young children without supervision.

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$16.50 EACH

Fishious Sharpies

From the official Sharpie® people, this set has (20) fade-, water- and smear-resistant markers: (10) fine point in blue, green, yellow, neon yellow, tangerine, both neon and leg-warmer orange, hot pink, red and brown; plus (10) ultra-fine point markers in black, navy, techno and nano blue, aqua, green, orange and optic orange, magenta and jellie pink. They’re for coloring the 12-page aquatic-themed coloring book. (Be assured that when it’s all filled in you’re permitted to color non-ichthyological things indefinitely with the same markers.)

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SHARPIE® MARKER COLORING SET WITH COLORING BOOK

Fishious Sharpies

From the official Sharpie® people, this set has (20) fade-, water- and smear-resistant markers: (10) fine point in blue, green, yellow, neon yellow, tangerine, both neon and leg-warmer orange, hot pink, red and brown; plus (10) ultra-fine point markers in black, navy, techno and nano blue, aqua, green, orange and optic orange, magenta and jellie pink. They’re for coloring the 12-page aquatic-themed coloring book. (Be assured that when it’s all filled in you’re permitted to color non-ichthyological things indefinitely with the same markers.)

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$14.95 EACH

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; the 35-piece steam engine will measure 7-3/8” long x 4-3/8” tall; and the 46-piece stage coach will be 8-7/8” long x 5-7/8” tall. (Sorry, no horses.)

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WOODEN STAGE COACH 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; the 35-piece steam engine will measure 7-3/8” long x 4-3/8” tall; and the 46-piece stage coach will be 8-7/8” long x 5-7/8” tall. (Sorry, no horses.)

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Crack It Open East Of Java

This excellent kit has (4) genuine geodes between 1-1/2” and 2” dia just waiting for you to crack them open, and since every place we ship to is in North America (OK, plus Guam) you’re going to be cracking them (a long way) East of Java. You’ll also get safety goggles, a little magnifier and an activity book. A Dr. Toys Seal of Excellence Winner.

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GENUINE GEODE STARTER KIT

Crack It Open East Of Java

This excellent kit has (4) genuine geodes between 1-1/2” and 2” dia just waiting for you to crack them open, and since every place we ship to is in North America (OK, plus Guam) you’re going to be cracking them (a long way) East of Java. You’ll also get safety goggles, a little magnifier and an activity book. A Dr. Toys Seal of Excellence Winner.

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$19.95 EACH

Rag-Top Pickup

Things were tough during the Hoover administration but in the unlikely event that you had $425, you could buy a drop-top Model A Ford pickup truck, which was cool then and is still cool now. Our 1/32 model is nicely detailed and will be approx 4-1/2” long x 2”+ tall. You add glue and paint (and in 1930 Ford offered a bunch of colors--go Googling to see) and assemble it all yourself. For ages 10+. Made in the USA, like the original.

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MODEL A FORD PICKUP TRUCK MODEL KIT

Rag-Top Pickup

Things were tough during the Hoover administration but in the unlikely event that you had $425, you could buy a drop-top Model A Ford pickup truck, which was cool then and is still cool now. Our 1/32 model is nicely detailed and will be approx 4-1/2” long x 2”+ tall. You add glue and paint (and in 1930 Ford offered a bunch of colors--go Googling to see) and assemble it all yourself. For ages 10+. Made in the USA, like the original.

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$7.50 EACH

Rube Goldberg Lives On!

He does this through new incarnations of his awesomely clever devices. And somebody trademarked him. Build these Rube Goldberg™ kits and watch simple tasks being performed by hilariously complicated chain-reaction machines. You pick: the circus acrobat shot out of a cannon using a monkey, snake, tennis racket, peanuts, wagon and a tightrope; or the castle escape machine that uses a princess, dragon, spiral ramp, drawbridge, flaming balls, hat ribbon and a cannon to get Rube out of the castle. For ages 8+.

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RUBE GOLDBERG™ CASTLE MACHINE KIT

Rube Goldberg Lives On!

He does this through new incarnations of his awesomely clever devices. And somebody trademarked him. Build these Rube Goldberg™ kits and watch simple tasks being performed by hilariously complicated chain-reaction machines. You pick: the circus acrobat shot out of a cannon using a monkey, snake, tennis racket, peanuts, wagon and a tightrope; or the castle escape machine that uses a princess, dragon, spiral ramp, drawbridge, flaming balls, hat ribbon and a cannon to get Rube out of the castle. For ages 8+.

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Grow Your Own

Sometimes when you want something done right, you just have to do it yourself. That seems to be the case if you want a 40-foot cactus or a plant that feels your pain. You choose: the Giant Saguaro or Sensitivity Plant kits. You’ll get a 4” x 5” plastic terrarium, a seed packet, some pink gravel, a germination disc. And yes, it’s going to take some time and some re-plantings before your Carnegiea Gigantea (named for steel and railroad baron Andy Carnegie) is 40 feet tall and weighs 4,000 pounds, but that will teach you patience. The sensitivity plant will be sensitive much sooner.

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SENSITIVITY PLANT KIT

Grow Your Own

Sometimes when you want something done right, you just have to do it yourself. That seems to be the case if you want a 40-foot cactus or a plant that feels your pain. You choose: the Giant Saguaro or Sensitivity Plant kits. You’ll get a 4” x 5” plastic terrarium, a seed packet, some pink gravel, a germination disc. And yes, it’s going to take some time and some re-plantings before your Carnegiea Gigantea (named for steel and railroad baron Andy Carnegie) is 40 feet tall and weighs 4,000 pounds, but that will teach you patience. The sensitivity plant will be sensitive much sooner.

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Jar Of Dinosaurs

Not life size, because we don’t a have a jar that big. These dinos average 2-1/4” long, and you’ll get (20) of them: (10) in red, green or blue plastic, plus (10) that glow in the dark, which is better than the real thing. Dinos include stegosaurus, pteranodon, brachiosaurus, styracosaurus, dilophosaurus, T-rex, parasaurolophous, allosaurus, ceratosaurus and acrocanthosaurus.

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JAR OF DINOSAURS

Jar Of Dinosaurs

Not life size, because we don’t a have a jar that big. These dinos average 2-1/4” long, and you’ll get (20) of them: (10) in red, green or blue plastic, plus (10) that glow in the dark, which is better than the real thing. Dinos include stegosaurus, pteranodon, brachiosaurus, styracosaurus, dilophosaurus, T-rex, parasaurolophous, allosaurus, ceratosaurus and acrocanthosaurus.

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$4.95 EACH

Paint By Different Numbers

No need to limit the numbers you paint by. These kits all include 8” x 6” canvases, (6) acrylic paint pots, a #2 brush, color key and guide, plus tips for blending colors--a major improvement in the paint-by-numbers game. Packaging is also an easel, and becomes a self-adhesive hanger, which gives you a big leg up on the original artists. You pick: Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Sunflowers or Monet’s The Japanese Footbridge.

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KIT, VAN GOGH STARRY NIGHT PAINT BY #s ART

Paint By Different Numbers

No need to limit the numbers you paint by. These kits all include 8” x 6” canvases, (6) acrylic paint pots, a #2 brush, color key and guide, plus tips for blending colors--a major improvement in the paint-by-numbers game. Packaging is also an easel, and becomes a self-adhesive hanger, which gives you a big leg up on the original artists. You pick: Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Sunflowers or Monet’s The Japanese Footbridge.

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Little Critters

If Louisa May Alcott had moved on from Little Women and Little Men to little critters, she’d have been all over this collection of beasts. All approx 3” to 3-1/2” in hard rubber with articulated jaws, so they can look vicious or contemplative. We’ll send you a pack of (3) different ones, possibly including a lion, tiger, white tiger, hippopotamus, crocodile or cheetah.

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PLASTIC ANIMALS WITH MOVING JAWS

Little Critters

If Louisa May Alcott had moved on from Little Women and Little Men to little critters, she’d have been all over this collection of beasts. All approx 3” to 3-1/2” in hard rubber with articulated jaws, so they can look vicious or contemplative. We’ll send you a pack of (3) different ones, possibly including a lion, tiger, white tiger, hippopotamus, crocodile or cheetah.

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$8.95 PKG (3)

Life-Size Graf Zeppelin

OK, OK, it’s not actually life-size, but it’s a humongo-model, over a yard long (38-1/2”), which is 1:245 scale. It will look life-size if you lie on the floor and squint when you look up. Includes a detailed, lighted interior and no, it didn’t blow up--that was the Hindenburg. This zeppelin flew for 10 years, from 1928 to 1938, logged over 112 thousand miles in 1932 alone and averaged 56.2 mph. This model sold for $89.50 elsewhere, but for you--a special bargain because it will look so incredible floating over your dining-room table. For ages 12+.

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LARGE GRAF ZEPPELIN MODEL

Life-Size Graf Zeppelin

OK, OK, it’s not actually life-size, but it’s a humongo-model, over a yard long (38-1/2”), which is 1:245 scale. It will look life-size if you lie on the floor and squint when you look up. Includes a detailed, lighted interior and no, it didn’t blow up--that was the Hindenburg. This zeppelin flew for 10 years, from 1928 to 1938, logged over 112 thousand miles in 1932 alone and averaged 56.2 mph. This model sold for $89.50 elsewhere, but for you--a special bargain because it will look so incredible floating over your dining-room table. For ages 12+.

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$69.50 EACH

Rocks and Roll

Turn rocks into jewelry, a few pieces at a time. Our small Rock Tumbler Geology Kit (1lb capacity) plugs into the wall and rolls those rocks around until they're all shiny and beautiful. Includes coarse and fine grinding powders, fine and finer polishing powders, 4 oz of practice gemstone rocks, a geology poster, glue, and mounting hardware to make a keychain, adjustable rings, earrings and other items. Can be set to turn from (1) to (7) days (rocks are hard, which is why they're called rocks). Measures approx 9" x 11" x 6" high overall, including the plastic dome to reduce the sound of the operation. For 10-year-olds and up.

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HOBBYIST ROCK TUMBLER

Rocks and Roll

Turn rocks into jewelry, a few pieces at a time. Our small Rock Tumbler Geology Kit (1lb capacity) plugs into the wall and rolls those rocks around until they're all shiny and beautiful. Includes coarse and fine grinding powders, fine and finer polishing powders, 4 oz of practice gemstone rocks, a geology poster, glue, and mounting hardware to make a keychain, adjustable rings, earrings and other items. Can be set to turn from (1) to (7) days (rocks are hard, which is why they're called rocks). Measures approx 9" x 11" x 6" high overall, including the plastic dome to reduce the sound of the operation. For 10-year-olds and up.

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$36.50 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

Spirographic Madness

It's the classic Spirograph®, which is a lot of intricate round mandala-like designs floating around out there. Celebrate with one of our spirographic specials. You pick: the Travel Spirograph® in a flip-lid case with a 2-3/8" ID ring in the lid and (4) assorted wheels, a cross, an oblate spheroid, red and blue pens, a design guide and a 24-sheet pad of  3" square paper; the Original Spirograph®, an 11-piece set in a storage tin, complete with 3-11/16" OD ring, (6) assorted wheels, rectangle, oval rail, 24-sheet pad of  5" x 7" paper, red and blue pens, design booklet and reusable putty to hold down the paper; or the Deluxe Spirograph® with (19) assorted wheels, (2) rings, an oval rail, oblate spheroid, triangle, red and blue and green pens, a reusable putty to hold the paper, a 14-page design book and a 20-sheet pad of 8-1/2" x 11" paper.

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DELUXE SPIROGRAPH®

Spirographic Madness

It's the classic Spirograph®, which is a lot of intricate round mandala-like designs floating around out there. Celebrate with one of our spirographic specials. You pick: the Travel Spirograph® in a flip-lid case with a 2-3/8" ID ring in the lid and (4) assorted wheels, a cross, an oblate spheroid, red and blue pens, a design guide and a 24-sheet pad of  3" square paper; the Original Spirograph®, an 11-piece set in a storage tin, complete with 3-11/16" OD ring, (6) assorted wheels, rectangle, oval rail, 24-sheet pad of  5" x 7" paper, red and blue pens, design booklet and reusable putty to hold down the paper; or the Deluxe Spirograph® with (19) assorted wheels, (2) rings, an oval rail, oblate spheroid, triangle, red and blue and green pens, a reusable putty to hold the paper, a 14-page design book and a 20-sheet pad of 8-1/2" x 11" paper.

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Is That A Scotsman In Your Pocket?

Our electronic MadLab bagpipe kit will slip into your shirt pocket or sporran. No plaid lower garments required, and, as usual, undergarments are up to you. This nice starter electronics kit has a transistor-based oscillator and 8-position stylus-activated “keyboard.” Output is via a piezo disc. Minimal soldering skills needed, and assembly should take under an hour. Add a 9V battery for power and you’ll be thrown out of class, or recruited into battle, within the first six notes.

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ELECTRONIC POCKET BAGPIPES

Is That A Scotsman In Your Pocket?

Our electronic MadLab bagpipe kit will slip into your shirt pocket or sporran. No plaid lower garments required, and, as usual, undergarments are up to you. This nice starter electronics kit has a transistor-based oscillator and 8-position stylus-activated “keyboard.” Output is via a piezo disc. Minimal soldering skills needed, and assembly should take under an hour. Add a 9V battery for power and you’ll be thrown out of class, or recruited into battle, within the first six notes.

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$15.50 EACH

Serious Rubegoldbergian Fun

You're in for weeks and months of fun creating Rube Goldberg-like versions of the new VorteX 3.0, a Techno Gears Marble Mania machine. You get over (300+) colorful pieces including baseplates, 3-D connectors, channels, tubes, gears, marble twister and a marble funnel to create intricate tracks to move marbles around, down, over and through the maze. Includes a battery-operated 2-foot tall marble launcher that makes the whole thing automatic so you can sit back and watch your creation run by itself.  A STEM kit that challenges problem solving skills and expands knowledge of mechanics and engineering. You add (3) "AA" batteries and a capacity for twisted thinking.

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TECHNO GEARS MARBLE RUN MANIA MACHINE

Serious Rubegoldbergian Fun

You're in for weeks and months of fun creating Rube Goldberg-like versions of the new VorteX 3.0, a Techno Gears Marble Mania machine. You get over (300+) colorful pieces including baseplates, 3-D connectors, channels, tubes, gears, marble twister and a marble funnel to create intricate tracks to move marbles around, down, over and through the maze. Includes a battery-operated 2-foot tall marble launcher that makes the whole thing automatic so you can sit back and watch your creation run by itself.  A STEM kit that challenges problem solving skills and expands knowledge of mechanics and engineering. You add (3) "AA" batteries and a capacity for twisted thinking.

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$62.95 EACH

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