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8 Years

We love eight-year-olds! They’re just the right age for all kinds of fun. They still love the pretend play they’ve been enjoying for years, yet they’re also ready to move ahead into more advanced toys and learning. All of these toys and activities will appeal to their natural sense of fun and wonder.

 

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Discover, predict, experiment, and see science in action! These real science tools are perfectly sized for little hands. Put this powerful assortment of resources right to work with the accompanying selection of hands-on science activity cards. In this kit you'll have accurate measurement markings to support rigorous investigations.

Your child will be encouraged to wonder and question with 10 double-sided Activity Cards that reinforce science process skills, living and nonliving things, physical science, senses and more! This kit includes a durable, unbreakable beaker, a magnifying glass, a funnel, an eyedropper, a flask, tweezers, goggles, a large 6" test tube and stand, 2 small test tubes with lids and stand, plus an Activity Guide.

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Attract young scientists to the wonder of magnetism with this award winning magnet set! Little ones can explore and learn about how magnets attract and repel with the various chunky, brightly coloured magnets. Move the ladybugs through the leaf maze and enjoy other playfully educational activities following the included guide and activity cards.

This set is an engaging science toy, a perfect gift to make learning fun! A great activity for play dates, the classroom, birthday parties or any time!

Includes: 1 horseshoe magnet, 1 magnetic post, 4 ring magnets, 2 bar magnets, 2 ladybug magnets, leaf maze, 2 snap-on cars, string, 10 activity cards, instructional guide.

Winner of 2012 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Gold Seal Award Award.

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Ages 8 and up

Ever wanted to design your own Hexbug? Now kids can do just that with VEX Robotics! The core of this simple, flexible product line is the VEX IQ system used in STEM programs and elementary and middle school robotics competitions around the world.

The build-it-yourself line of VEX Robotics kits fosters creative STEM learning through hands-on play by allowing children to construct their very own jumbo-sized HEXBUG and customize its programming. With VEX Robotics, kids as young as 8 can jump right in and snap these colorful robots together using the intuitive, tool-less components.

To create the VEX Robotics Strandbeast, young innovators start by constructing each half of the base and attaching a motor to both sides. Once the base system and the eight legs are in place, it’s time to bring the strandbeast to life by wiring the brain to the LED module, distance sensors, and motors using snap connectors, and then attaching the brain to the body. Once the brain and motors are attached and wired up, the final steps include adding on the bright blue leg pieces that illustrate this complex robot’s graceful, smooth-walking stride.

To program the robotic strandbeast, kids simply flip a series of switches on the robot’s brain, allowing for quick experimentation with different modes to determine how it reacts when the sensors are activated. There are 64 different programming options from which to choose! There are three drive modes: Standard Driver Mode where the kid drives the robot using the remote control, Autonomous Mode where the robot navigates itself using its sensors, and “Crazy” Autonomous mode that simulates the real, random wandering nature of a living creature!

Built product measures approximately 12.5” long, 14” wide, and 10” tall.

Requires 3 AA batteries and one 9 volt battery (NOT INCLUDED).

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Ages 8 and up

Ever wanted to design your own Hexbug? Now kids can do just that with VEX Robotics! The core of this simple, flexible product line is the VEX IQ system used in STEM programs and elementary and middle school robotics competitions around the world.

The build-it-yourself line of VEX Robotics kits fosters creative STEM learning through hands-on play by allowing children to construct their very own jumbo-sized HEXBUG and customize its programming. With VEX Robotics, kids as young as 8 can jump right in and snap these colourful robots together using the intuitive, tool-less components.

To construct the VEX Robotics Spider, young innovators start by building the drive column, and then work to attach the six orange legs. Once the base and the legs are in place, it’s time to bring the spider to life by attaching the motors, distance sensor, LED module and brain using snap connectors. Once the brain and motors are attached and wired up, the final steps include adding on the bright orange body pieces that give the robot its flair, making it look like a Hexbug Spider!

To program the robotic spider, kids simply flip a series of switches on the robot’s brain, allowing for quick experimentation with different modes to determine how the spider reacts when the sensors are activated. There are 64 different programming options from which to choose! There are three drive modes: Standard Driver Mode where the kid drives the robot using the remote control, Autonomous Mode where the robot navigates itself using its sensors, and “Crazy” Autonomous that simulates the real, random wandering nature of a living creature!

Set includes more than 350 snap together pieces.

Built product measures approximately 11.5” long x 11.5” wide x 11” tall.

Requires 3 AA batteries and one 9 volt battery (NOT INCLUDED).

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Ages 8 and up

Ever wanted to design your own Hexbug? Now kids can do just that with VEX Robotics! The core of this simple, flexible product line is the VEX IQ system used in STEM programs and elementary and middle school robotics competitions around the world.

The build-it-yourself line of VEX Robotics kits fosters creative STEM learning through hands-on play by allowing children to construct their very own jumbo-sized Hexbug and customize its programming. With VEX Robotics, kids as young as 8 can jump right in and snap these colourful robots together using the intuitive, tool-less components.

To create the VEX Robotics Ant, young Hexbug engineers start by assembling the six red wheels and attaching the motors and the wheels to the ant’s core. Once the base is in place, the brain and sensors are connected and the bright red body pieces are attached to give the robot its flair, making it look like a Hexbug Ant! Final steps include wiring the brain to the dual bump sensors and the two motors using snap connectors.

To program the robotic ant, kids simply flip a series of switches on the robot’s brain, allowing for quick experimentation with different modes to determine how it reacts when the sensors are activated. There are 64 different programming variations from which to choose! There are three drive modes: Standard Driver Mode where the kid drives the robot using the remote control, Autonomous Mode where the robot navigates itself using its sensors, and “Crazy” Autonomous that simulates the real, random wandering nature of a living creature!

Set includes more than 250

Assembled Hexbug VEX Ant measures approximately 18" long x 6.75" wide x 4" tall.

Requires 3 AA batteries and one 9 volt battery (NOT INCLUDED).

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Ages 8 and up

Snap Circuits® Jr. makes learning about electronics a snap! This award –winning kit comes with over 30 colour-coded, real circuit components that can be easily snapped together to create working circuit boards just like the ones found inside televisions, radios and other electronic devices. The easy-to-follow project manual includes instructions for building 100 exciting electronic projects including a flying saucer, a police siren, a musical doorbell, a voice-controlled lamp and much, much more! An added bonus - no tools are required. Hours of hands-on fun for curious minds, ages 8 - 108.

Measures approximately 15" long x 10" high by 2" wide.

Requires 2 AA batteries (NOT INCLUDED).

Named one of Doctor Toy's 100 Best Children's products!

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Ages 5 and up

Build this surprising pool of quicksand! Experience the mystic power of watching dinosaur skeletons sink slowly beneath the sands. Have even more fun unearthing them later for assembly. Or make the volcano erupt and create a prehistoric diorama!

Includes a paper diorama set with mini paper display, plastic volcano and quicksand pool, sand bags, gripper, T-rex skeleton set, dinosaur figurines, paint and paintbrush, and detailed instructions.

Also needed but not provided: corn starch, mixing bowl, teaspoon, stirring spoon, dishwashing liquid, vinegar, baking soda, red food colouring, water, and old newspaper.

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Ages 8 and up

Be a young mechanical engineer! Learn how the motor works by exploring important mechanisms like pivots, linkages and levers. Connect the circuit to build this amazing Race Car with a sturdy, lightweight and colourful body. Make it your very first project in mechanical science!

Includes a set of pre-cut colourful foam boards, a set of plastic cases, gears and wheels, a motor, a screw, stickers and detailed instructions.

Also needed but not provided: a cross-head screwdriver.

Requires 2 AA battery (NOT INCLUDED).

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Ages 8 and up

Recycle an empty bottle (not included) to construct this battery-operated tornado-maker! Create a terrific tornado on your table top, and experience the mighty power of this natural phenomenon! 4M science and art kits appeal to a wide variety of unique interests and give children the tools needed to explore those interests scientifically and artistically.

Tornado maker measures approximately 4.25” long.

Requires 2 AA batteries (NOT INCLUDED).

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Ages 8 and up

Construct this easy-to-build Insectoid! Discover the mechanisms behind robotic movement. It crawls, wriggles and walks!

Contains Body cover, body, leg link connector, motor with gear, large gear with crank, small gear, 2 terminal caps, 3 connecting caps, 2 washer screws, 9 screws, battery cover, short leg link, long leg link, 2 antennas, front leg, back leg and detailed instructions.

Also needed but not provided: a cross-head screwdriver.

Measures approximately 6.75” long (not including antennae).

Requires 1 AAA battery (NOT INCLUDED).

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Ages 3 and up

Turn an ordinary drive into an action-packed excursion, complete with 3X magnification and night-vision LED lights! Get an up-close view of rough terrain like grass, dirt, or carpet, Study captivating critters like ants and spiders – day or night! Roll the Science Utility Vehicle over the subject you'd like to study, push down on the handles to reveal the magnifier, and see what you can find! Activate the lights for an even clearer view.

Features:

  • 2 LEDs: white light for daytime, and red night-vision light
  • Steering wheel and tires that turn
  • 3X magnifier

Vehicle measures approximately 8" long x 6" wide x 4" tall.

Requires 2 AA batteries (NOT INCLUDED).

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Ages 8 and up

3, 2, 1...BOOM! Create tall buildings and structures using a series of cards and connectors. Next, place the included “blasters” throughout your building, press the button and POW your building collapses. This amazing kit teaches kids about gravity, momentum and physics without them even knowing!

Includes triple-blast detonator with sounds, 3 blasters, 36 wall panels, 17 floors/roof tops, 2 smokestacks, 2 trusses, 2 pipe bridges, storage tank, footing clips, and instruction booklet.

Requires 3 AAA batteries (NOT INCLUDED).

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Ages 8 and up

More exciting than a video game, this boredom-busting book is an explosion of information about sensational topics kids love: dessert, underwear, amusement parks, pirates, famous criminals, marsupials, Ancient Egypt, famous landmarks, you name it! The new 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) 2 has even more brain and eye candy rolled into one beautifully designed, high-octane treasure trove that captures kids' attention and keeps them yearning to learn more.

Hardcover book containing 224 pages.

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Turn this plastic mason-style jar into your own little habitat with real plants and tiny figurines! Add dimension to your garden with translucent and glow-in-the-dark stickers – hold it up to the light and watch the fireflies glow!

Includes: An approximately 5” tall and 3.25” wide jar, decorative lid, potting mix, organic chia and wheat grass seeds, garden figurines, decorative sand, river stones and a plant mister.

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Ages 8 and up

A Mastermind Toys exclusive!

Deluxe Snap Circuits Light and Sound Combo is the ultimate Snap Circuits Kit, with instructions to build more than 350 exciting projects. Packed into a durable, reusable storage case are over 65 parts and a full colour, easy-to-follow instruction manual.

Features Include:

  • Keyboard with optical theremin
  • Sound energy demonstration
  • Echo effects
  • Infrared detector
  • Glow-in-the-dark fan
  • Voice changer (record voice or music and play it back at various speeds)
  • Strobe light and colour changing LED
  • Connect to smart phone (sold separately) and analyze sounds with apps

Requires 4 AA batteries (NOT INCLUDED).

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Ages 7 and up

What every child should know about light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum! This multiple award-winning kit will teach children how to:

  • Bounce and Bend Light
  • Construct a Kaleidoscope
  • Make a Simple Microscope and telescope
  • Diffract with Feathers
  • Split, Spin and Subtract Colour
  • Mold Lenses
  • Box a Camera Obscura
  • Capture a Shadow

The award-winning artwork of Art Huff provides clear, step-by-step directions. Hundreds of children tested these materials with Penny Norman (Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley) and Ann Einstein (M.A.T Berkeley School District). The result if this delightful, self-contained book/kit which uses hours of fun and exploration to develop a basic understanding of scientific concepts!

Requires some household items (not included).

Requires 1 D battery (NOT INCLUDED).

Winner of the National Parenting Magazine Award and Creative Child Magazine Award.

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This science kit contains 6 building projects and 15 activities to get your child involved in hands-on learning! It’s an engaging science kit based on the properties of charge. The kit gives you instructions to build 6 different devices to explore charge. Explore charge by building a hair raising Van de Graaf Generator, detecting charge with an electroscope, storing charge in a Leyden jar, and more! Use your devices to do fun activities such as: spewing a glitter fountain, making your hair stand on end with electrostatic charge, or propelling objects with an electrostatic generator!

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Riding the wings of the award-winning Robotic Arm Trainer, has made robotic arm technology more affordable without compromising quality. With Robotic Arm Edge, command the gripper to open and close, control 120 degree wrist motion, an extensive elbow range of 300 degrees, base rotation of 270 degrees, base motion of 180 degrees, vertical reach of 15 inches, horizontal reach of 12.6 inches, and lifting capacity of 100g. WOW!

Some of the added features include a search light design on the gripper and a safety gear audible indicator included on all 5 gear boxes to prevent any potential injury or gear breakage during operation. How does this equate to fun? Total command and visual manipulation using the 5s: 5 switch wired controller, 5 motors, and 5 joints. Extended life on the gearbox prolongs your control and lets you test your predictions about the robot's behavior, and the light makes even night time play possible!

You will need: long nose pliers, diagonal cutter, and screwdrivers (not included).

Measures approximately 9" long x 6.3" wide x 15" high.

Requires 4 D batteries (NOT INCLUDED).

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Learn how the history of the Earth is written in rocks! This kit is complete with a 56 page illustrated book which provides easy to understand step-by-step instructions and comes with materials for various activities. With more than 20 exciting experiments young scientists will learn how to identify rocks, create a lava fountain, smash rocks, learn about lava and a whole lot more!

A perfect gift for curious, aspiring geologists and a fun and educational activity for parties, playdates, rainy days or any time!

The ScienceWiz Rock Science Kit was authored by Dr. Penny Norman (Ph.D. in Biophysics from U.C. Berkeley) and Ann Einstein (M.A.T., elementary educator) who use appealing kitchen table experiments refined through years of testing in after school programs and camps to relate rocks to the history of our planet.

Quality time, quality play, quality learning! That's ScienceWiz!

Requires some household items (not included).

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4M Kitchen Science Kit allows you to perform amazing experiments with everyday materials. A very fun kit with various experiments to encourage a hands-on love of science!

6 specially designed kitchen science experiments:

  • Generate electricty by using a fork and lemon and light up a bulb!
  • Launch a rocket fuelled by baking soda and vinegar!
  • Build a table top volcano which erupts with bubbly "lava"!
  • And more...

Includes: 1 vinegar rocket, 1 launcher pad, 1 small spoon, 1 volcano, 2 skewers, 1 kitchen spy finger print development pad, 8 finger print record sheets, 1 brush, 8 secret message sheets, 2 zinc plates, 1 wire, 1 watch movement and detailed instructions with science explanations and fun facts.

Requires common household items (NOT INCLUDED): vinegar, baking soda, red food colouring, liquid dish soap, measuring cup, sugar, clothes pins, teaspoon, forks, corn starch, blackcurrant/grape juice concentrate, and lemon.

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