KITS & MODELS

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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$16.50 EACH
$19.95
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Long Arm Of The Law Physics

Home robotics, bubeleh. Build a working hydraulic arm with this excellent 66-piece kit from Pathfinders' Simple Machine series. Structure is die-cut plywood and the kit includes tubing, (3) syringes and glue. You'll need a ruler and scissors. The finished arm will be approx 13-1/2" tall and will reach out over 16" and rotate 90° on an 8-5/8' x 6-7/8" base. Comes with a 12-page manual and uses water. Beautiful, too. For ages 8+.

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PATHFINDERS HYDRAULIC ROBOTIC ARM KIT

Long Arm Of The Law Physics

Home robotics, bubeleh. Build a working hydraulic arm with this excellent 66-piece kit from Pathfinders' Simple Machine series. Structure is die-cut plywood and the kit includes tubing, (3) syringes and glue. You'll need a ruler and scissors. The finished arm will be approx 13-1/2" tall and will reach out over 16" and rotate 90° on an 8-5/8' x 6-7/8" base. Comes with a 12-page manual and uses water. Beautiful, too. For ages 8+.

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$15.40 EACH
$16.50
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Ready For Your Close-Up?

Make like a miniature Martin Scorsese and create your own (stop-action) movie. Best part? The actors are all Lego® people, who work for free. You’ll get (36) assorted Lego® pieces, including mix-and-match characters and props. Includes a 78-page guide with advice for making credits, sound effects, lighting, camera techniques, set design, backdrops, storyboards and a bunch more. If Hitchcock had had this kit, Janet Leigh might have survived the shower scene.

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LEGO® MOVIE MAKING KIT

Ready For Your Close-Up?

Make like a miniature Martin Scorsese and create your own (stop-action) movie. Best part? The actors are all Lego® people, who work for free. You’ll get (36) assorted Lego® pieces, including mix-and-match characters and props. Includes a 78-page guide with advice for making credits, sound effects, lighting, camera techniques, set design, backdrops, storyboards and a bunch more. If Hitchcock had had this kit, Janet Leigh might have survived the shower scene.

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$22.95 EACH
$24.95
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Hyperactive Robot Kit

The Tumbling Robot Experiment is relatively easy to assemble and has sensors in his (her?) belly, back and legs so he (it?) can fall and get up again, like some of us humans. At 8" tall, in between tumbles, it's a manic, sliding, chomping, swinging thingy, like a droid cookie monster in a Pilates class. You put a pair of "AA"s in his feet.

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TUMBLING ROBOT

Hyperactive Robot Kit

The Tumbling Robot Experiment is relatively easy to assemble and has sensors in his (her?) belly, back and legs so he (it?) can fall and get up again, like some of us humans. At 8" tall, in between tumbles, it's a manic, sliding, chomping, swinging thingy, like a droid cookie monster in a Pilates class. You put a pair of "AA"s in his feet.

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$9.95 EACH

Float Like A (Graphite) Butterfly

Physics faculty alert: It's very small, but teaches a powerful lesson, this little diamagnetic-properties demo kit. You get (4) plated magnets, each 1/4" square x 3/32", and (2) 1/4" square pieces of graphite to float above them. The graphite may have slight chips along the edge but that won't affect the effect. Includes instructions/fact sheet.

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LEVITATION DEMO

Float Like A (Graphite) Butterfly

Physics faculty alert: It's very small, but teaches a powerful lesson, this little diamagnetic-properties demo kit. You get (4) plated magnets, each 1/4" square x 3/32", and (2) 1/4" square pieces of graphite to float above them. The graphite may have slight chips along the edge but that won't affect the effect. Includes instructions/fact sheet.

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$12.00 EACH

Catch Some Rays

And teach a kid (8 and up) the basics of solar power. This excellent educational kit from Elenco comes with (9) 0.5VDC solar cells pre-wired in sets of (3) and mounted in a 5" x 4" x 7/16" black-plastic frame with screw terminals on the bottom. The kit includes a 1.5VDC motor with leads and a mount, a fan blade and (4) plastic discs from 5/8" dia to 2" dia for mounting on the motor shaft, a 1.5V incandescent bulb with leads, a sound module with leads, and graphic cards to mount on the discs. Comes with a 14-page instruction/experiment booklet, including info on increasing voltage and amperage, powering battery charges, radios, games, etc. Lots of science project potential. "Heuristic as all get-out," Jarvis said when he saw it.

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SOLAR SCIENCE EXPERIMENT KIT

Catch Some Rays

And teach a kid (8 and up) the basics of solar power. This excellent educational kit from Elenco comes with (9) 0.5VDC solar cells pre-wired in sets of (3) and mounted in a 5" x 4" x 7/16" black-plastic frame with screw terminals on the bottom. The kit includes a 1.5VDC motor with leads and a mount, a fan blade and (4) plastic discs from 5/8" dia to 2" dia for mounting on the motor shaft, a 1.5V incandescent bulb with leads, a sound module with leads, and graphic cards to mount on the discs. Comes with a 14-page instruction/experiment booklet, including info on increasing voltage and amperage, powering battery charges, radios, games, etc. Lots of science project potential. "Heuristic as all get-out," Jarvis said when he saw it.

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$19.95 EACH

Poof-You’re A Magician!

You can’t start fooling people too early. This box of tricks is for budding magicians, and includes the props and instructions for (77) tricks. Includes a magic wand, without which you can’t be a magician, plus assorted cups, balls, cards and coin-trick frames. You add a few things like money, a handkerchief, gullible friends, etc. For ages 6+.

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MAGIC SET WITH 77 TRICKS

Poof-You’re A Magician!

You can’t start fooling people too early. This box of tricks is for budding magicians, and includes the props and instructions for (77) tricks. Includes a magic wand, without which you can’t be a magician, plus assorted cups, balls, cards and coin-trick frames. You add a few things like money, a handkerchief, gullible friends, etc. For ages 6+.

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$14.95 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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Motor Along

Everything you need to build a little DC motor is included in this kit (except sandpaper, screwdriver, scissors and, of course, an AA battery). The instructions are simple and explain the theory as well as assembly. Fun and educational.

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SCIENCE FAIR STYLE DC MOTOR KIT

Motor Along

Everything you need to build a little DC motor is included in this kit (except sandpaper, screwdriver, scissors and, of course, an AA battery). The instructions are simple and explain the theory as well as assembly. Fun and educational.

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$8.50 EACH

Build Your Own Ornithopter

When ornithopters roamed the earth…oops, no, it just sounds like a dinosaur. The ornithopter was one of Leonardo's masterful designs, although this one just led to a bunch of guys on winged bicycles plummeting to the earth in the 19th century. Still extremely cool, however, in this kit version. Pre-cut, unpainted wooden pieces assemble with pegs to make a crank-operated moving model with a 24" wingspan, complete with a human figure, which our model-guru calls a 15th C. crash-test dummy.

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WOODEN ORNITHOPTER MODEL KIT

Build Your Own Ornithopter

When ornithopters roamed the earth…oops, no, it just sounds like a dinosaur. The ornithopter was one of Leonardo's masterful designs, although this one just led to a bunch of guys on winged bicycles plummeting to the earth in the 19th century. Still extremely cool, however, in this kit version. Pre-cut, unpainted wooden pieces assemble with pegs to make a crank-operated moving model with a 24" wingspan, complete with a human figure, which our model-guru calls a 15th C. crash-test dummy.

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$26.95 EACH

Really Big T-Rex

Impressive, this 3-foot Lizard King. The 1:14 scale plastic model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton has 51 bones that snap together, then snap apart easily for later use, which is more than you can say about the original. Measures 36" long, and comes with a display stand. Bones are nicely aged for paleontological verisimilitude. Very nice kit, with legs, as they say! For ages 8 and up.

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T-REX SKELETON

Really Big T-Rex

Impressive, this 3-foot Lizard King. The 1:14 scale plastic model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton has 51 bones that snap together, then snap apart easily for later use, which is more than you can say about the original. Measures 36" long, and comes with a display stand. Bones are nicely aged for paleontological verisimilitude. Very nice kit, with legs, as they say! For ages 8 and up.

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$54.95 EACH

Metal Models Are Better Models

From Fascinations®, these small model kits are made from intricately laser-cut polished steel. Punch the pieces out from the 4-1/4" square sheet and put them together with the tiny tabs. You pick the dragonfly, with a 4-1/2" wingspan or the Black Pearl pirate ship, approx 3-1/2" long. For ages 14+, because they take plenty of small motor skills.

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FASCINATIONS® STEEL BLACK PEARL MODEL KIT

Metal Models Are Better Models

From Fascinations®, these small model kits are made from intricately laser-cut polished steel. Punch the pieces out from the 4-1/4" square sheet and put them together with the tiny tabs. You pick the dragonfly, with a 4-1/2" wingspan or the Black Pearl pirate ship, approx 3-1/2" long. For ages 14+, because they take plenty of small motor skills.

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Magnificent Metal Mini-Model

We spit on plastic. And so will you when you see these laser-cut bright steel models from Fascinations®. Snap-together pieces. The models are small, but worthy of permanent display, and designed for the grown-ups to assemble and display, rather than the kids to play with. You pick the Metal Marvels™ 3-1/2” long x 2-3/4” wide space shuttle Atlantis. (They aren’t making any more big shuttles, Pilgrim.) Or the 4-1/2” tall x 1-3/4” wide at the base MetalWorks™ Eiffel Tower.

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METAL MARVELS EIFFEL TOWER MODEL

Magnificent Metal Mini-Model

We spit on plastic. And so will you when you see these laser-cut bright steel models from Fascinations®. Snap-together pieces. The models are small, but worthy of permanent display, and designed for the grown-ups to assemble and display, rather than the kids to play with. You pick the Metal Marvels™ 3-1/2” long x 2-3/4” wide space shuttle Atlantis. (They aren’t making any more big shuttles, Pilgrim.) Or the 4-1/2” tall x 1-3/4” wide at the base MetalWorks™ Eiffel Tower.

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Magnetic Money Fun

This highly instructive and fun Expanded 4th Edition kit from the UK teaches magnetic polarity using a pair of powerful 3-3/8" x 1" sq magnets, (32) newly minted British pennies (20-1 pence, 5-2 pence, 6-5 pence, 1-10 pence) and (1) not-so-new U.S. penny just to prove that their pennies are magnetic and ours aren't. Includes a 77-page booklet with (44) experiments and activities. From Brunel University, The Institute of Physics and The Royal Institution, London. 

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MAGIC MAGNETIC UK PENNIES KIT

Magnetic Money Fun

This highly instructive and fun Expanded 4th Edition kit from the UK teaches magnetic polarity using a pair of powerful 3-3/8" x 1" sq magnets, (32) newly minted British pennies (20-1 pence, 5-2 pence, 6-5 pence, 1-10 pence) and (1) not-so-new U.S. penny just to prove that their pennies are magnetic and ours aren't. Includes a 77-page booklet with (44) experiments and activities. From Brunel University, The Institute of Physics and The Royal Institution, London. 

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$21.95 EACH

Solar System For A Sawbuck

It's small, as actual solar systems go, and you have to assemble it, but still…. You snap together this (not-to-scale) model of our solar system, paint it, and position the pieces. You get (6) colors plus a tube of glow-in-the-dark paint and a brush, the (8) planets (Pluto didn't make the cut, remember), and cardboard rings for Saturn. Sizes range from just under 1/2" for Mercury to the 1-7/16" sun. The finished model is articulated and stands approx 4" tall x 12" across on a 3-7/8" dia gray plastic base.

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SOLAR SYSTEM

Solar System For A Sawbuck

It's small, as actual solar systems go, and you have to assemble it, but still…. You snap together this (not-to-scale) model of our solar system, paint it, and position the pieces. You get (6) colors plus a tube of glow-in-the-dark paint and a brush, the (8) planets (Pluto didn't make the cut, remember), and cardboard rings for Saturn. Sizes range from just under 1/2" for Mercury to the 1-7/16" sun. The finished model is articulated and stands approx 4" tall x 12" across on a 3-7/8" dia gray plastic base.

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$10.70 EACH
$11.95
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Science Is So Cool

And this Cool Science experiment kit is at least cool and a half. Has (8) experiments in its 24-page booklet, including (3) with polymer crystals, (3) using friction and (5) dealing with density and pressure. Comes with a bag of multicolored polymer beads, (3) balloons, (4) hunks of modeling clay, a straw, a pipet, a glass test tube and stopper, 3-way tubing connector, (20) rubber bands, a marble and a small hex-nut. You add some common household items. Ages 8+.

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KIDS COOL SCIENCE EXPERIMENT KIT

Science Is So Cool

And this Cool Science experiment kit is at least cool and a half. Has (8) experiments in its 24-page booklet, including (3) with polymer crystals, (3) using friction and (5) dealing with density and pressure. Comes with a bag of multicolored polymer beads, (3) balloons, (4) hunks of modeling clay, a straw, a pipet, a glass test tube and stopper, 3-way tubing connector, (20) rubber bands, a marble and a small hex-nut. You add some common household items. Ages 8+.

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$13.50 EACH

Tiny & Shiny

For the steady-handed model-maker. These mini-models from Metal Earth® are demanding and beautiful. Use a tweezers to punch out the little pieces from the laser-cut shiny steel sheets, and assemble them using the tabs and slots--no glue, no screws. You pick the Hubble Telescope (3” x 2” x 2-1/2”), the U.S.S. Arizona (5-3/4” long) or the 1908 Ford Model T (3-1/2” x 1-7/8” x 1-3/4”). All include instructions, which you’ll need. For ages 14+.

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STEEL U.S.S. ARIZONA MODEL

Tiny & Shiny

For the steady-handed model-maker. These mini-models from Metal Earth® are demanding and beautiful. Use a tweezers to punch out the little pieces from the laser-cut shiny steel sheets, and assemble them using the tabs and slots--no glue, no screws. You pick the Hubble Telescope (3” x 2” x 2-1/2”), the U.S.S. Arizona (5-3/4” long) or the 1908 Ford Model T (3-1/2” x 1-7/8” x 1-3/4”). All include instructions, which you’ll need. For ages 14+.

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HARRY POTTER PAPER AIRPLANE BOOK
NEW

Hungarian Horntail Vs. Dementor

This 50-page book has the materials and plans for making a total of (11) Harry Potter fliers, including the above-mentioned plus the Chinese Fireball, Harry and Draco Quidditch, the Golden Snitch, Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback, Hedwig the Snowy Owl, Fawkes the Phoenix and Gringotts Dragon. Includes lavish illustrations and a flight log.

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HARRY POTTER PAPER AIRPLANE BOOK

Hungarian Horntail Vs. Dementor

This 50-page book has the materials and plans for making a total of (11) Harry Potter fliers, including the above-mentioned plus the Chinese Fireball, Harry and Draco Quidditch, the Golden Snitch, Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback, Hedwig the Snowy Owl, Fawkes the Phoenix and Gringotts Dragon. Includes lavish illustrations and a flight log.

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$19.95 EACH

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