WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD-Small Parts. Not For children under 3yrs.
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.
A Clockwork Cat
Among other things. (Sorry, no oranges.) Our each is a set of (4) laser-cut moving wooden gear models from U-Gears®, including a cat, a tractor, a human head and a heart. You like to fidget? Us, too. Each has (6) or (7) laser-cut parts and will fit in the palm of your hand when finished. They’re like worry beads in that you'll find yourself playing with them to help you inch toward inner peace. They’re press-fit, so no glue or tools needed.
Leonardo DaVinci didn’t work so hard to come up with his brilliant devices just so we could forget about them 500 years later. Get this DaVinci pack of (4) wooden model kits of his machinery and understand the genius. The classic catapult, approx 9” tall, uses the tension from (2) bent arms to power the spring and throw a clay ball over (13) feet. The ornithopter has an approx 24” wingspan and comes with a 15th century crash test dummy. The aerial screw helicopter has a canvas canopy and measures approx 15” tall on a 9” square base when complete; and the trebuchet, another launcing device, measures approx 12-3/4” x 4-1/2” and 24” tall. Of course, it comes with a clay ball to shoot, too.
Most for ages 9+.
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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