Sort of like kleenex, because cellophane used to be trademarked but isn’t any longer so you can now say cellophane all you like. Cellophane, cellophane, cellophane. You’ll get (48) sheets of 12” square cellophane, a dozen each in red, yellow, green and blue, for teaching kids color mixing. But feel free to use them for anything. Includes instructions for making your own color paddle.
The original Spirograph® company presents more spirographing than you can shake a pencil at with this jam-packed shapes kit. Includes (2) 24-page hexagonal pads; square, triangular and circular rings at 5-1/4”; fine-line pens in red, blue and green; assorted wheels including ellipse, hexagon, pentagon, square, star, heart, barrel, shield, egg, teardrop and trapezoid; plus a 14-page design guide. Could tie a geometrically inclined kid up for years.
Sunprints (or cyanotypes, or photograms) are everyone's favorite photo-sensitivity experiment, from third-graders to graphic artists and fine artists. You pick: The Sunprinters are a dozen 3-15/16" square sheets of photosensitive paper, an acrylic backing sheet and instructions. The large Sunprint Kit has (15) sheets of 12" x 7-3/4" photosensitive paper plus a clear acrylic sheet of the same size. Great for classroom demonstrations, and can be used to make prints from photo negatives as well as interesting effects from opaque or translucent objects. All you add is sunshine and water.
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.
There is no substitute for containers inside containers inside containers. Release your inner matryoshka with, well, matryoshkas, a set of (6) blank nesting Russian dolls from 3” tall down to 3/4”, all white and waiting for you to decorate them with the included brush and (6) paint pots; or the (6) Nesting Butterflies from 2-3/4” down to a tiny 5/8”, also all white and complete with a brush and (6) colors of paint.
If you've got a smart phone, you can be a director. This fold-out, 14-3/8" x 7" x 7" tall stage comes with (5) backdrops, including one blank, a cardboard camera (phone) stand, (8) 2" bricks of assorted color clay and various punch-out props. Includes an 18-page booklet on making claymation, stop-action movies, with additional apps available online. This is how Spielberg would have started if he were 11 years old today.
Tween alert. Let them braid their own glow-in-the-dark bracelets from this kit. Includes (9) skeins of assorted colored thread, (2) of which glow, or enough to make a dozen bracelets. Also has (8) templates (half of them square, half round), a foam bracelet wheel and (20) hunks of double-sided tape, plus instructions.
The Spirograph® lives! Think of it as doodling for people who like perfect geometric shapes. From Spirograph® comes this die-cast collector’s set of (9) spiro wheels, (1) ring, (2) pens, spiro putty with case, a storage tin and (6) design cards. Spiro putty, by the bye, holds the paper down so your perfect designs won’t have any ugly holes in them.
Everything’s better in a can (or on a stick) and this creativity kit proves it. You’ll get over (50) pieces of, well, assorted stuff to create whole new creatures. Includes hunks of clay, chenilles, feathers, pompons, googly eyes, cardboard body parts, foam tape, Styrofoam, glue and a little wind-up walking mechanism so your creations can be mobile.
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