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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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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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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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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 6 and up

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The Hexbug Larva is an autonomous micro robot that slithers forward on smooth surfaces. It has a built-in sensor to react to its environment, instinctively changing direction upon sensing an object in its path and wriggling off to explore a clear, undisturbed path ahead!

Each sold separately. Colours will be chosen randomly and are based on available stock at the time of shipment.

Measures approximately 4" long x 1.3" wide x 1" high.

Requires 3 button cell batteries (not included).

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Build your very own Metal Detector Robot. Hunt for buried treasure by driving the robot back and forth with the remote control. When you hear it beep, you have found something metallic! You can also detach the metal detector unit and use it as a hand-held metal detector!

Contains: 1 chassis (with axle and gear installed), 1 motor with wires and worm gear, 1 motor cover, 1 metal detector, 1 base plate for eyes, 2 stick-on eyes, 1 switch lever, 1 gear, 1 axle,1 short axle, 1 remote-control with switch and wires, 1 battery cover, 4 terminal caps, screws, washered screw, 1 connecting cable, 4 wheels and detailed instructions.

Measure approximately 14cm long when assembled.

Requires 1 AA battery. (NOT INCLUDED)

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Think twice before discarding that 1985 CD-ROM, don’t throw away that aluminum can, and pick up that plastic bottle left under the couch. We can use them with our state-of-the-art, eco-friendly educational toy kit that will stretch your child’s imagination while allowing them to take part in the joy of recycling. The Super Solar Recycler Kit is powered completely by natural light so you never have to worry about batteries!

In addition to your newly discovered treasures, all you need to get started is included in this kit (solar panel, motor and instruction). Your children can recycle a can of their favorite soft drink to create Street Roller and Walking Robot, create Bottle Yacht, Drummer Robot and Flying Bird using a plastic water bottle, and even turn your old scratched CD’s into the super cool CD Racer.

Let’s have our children play in an eco-friendly way, and learn to harness a new green solar energy source as well as implement the use of recycled materials. Participate in the creation of a sustainable future!

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Get ready to pucker up when you make your own sour candy. How sour can you go? This kit includes star, heart and sport molds, lollipop sticks, a dropper for liquid sweets, and three over-the-top flavours: sour grape, rockin' raspberry and wild watermelon, plus corn syrup, gelatin and citric acid. Wow! You can make lollipops, gummies, sour powder, liquid candy, hard candy and so much more! Yummm!

Includes: corn syrup, gelatin, citric acid, raspberry flavor, watermelon flavor, grape flavor, 5 lollipop sticks, 2 candy molds, 1 pipette, 1 activity guide.

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This award-winning Chemistry kit from ScienceWiz has 35 of those candle making, water squirting, glop and mud pie experiments that every child should do to explore the matter of matter! Can you keep a towel dry without a waterproof bag? If water flows downhill, how can you make it flow up? Includes a full-colour 40 page instruction book and materials for hours of scientific fun!

Penny Norman (Ph.D. Biophysics from U.C. Berkeley) and Ann Einstein (M.A.T. Berkeley School District) have refined this title with input from many hundreds of children. The award-winning imaging of Art Huff has made this book an all time favourite! Original design for this kit was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. This delightful book and kit combines hours of play with basic science, nurtures a love for learning and develops an accessibility to science.

Winner of a Creative Child Magazine Award.

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Through play and pure building excitement this multiple award-winning kit presents the central concepts that every child should know to grasp the energy challenges ahead. From the creators of the award winning ElectroWizard™ Books/Kits (Winners of Scientific American Young Readers' Book Awards, National Parenting Magazine and Parent's Choice Awards). Includes: a Solar Racer, Supercacitor Car, Flywheel Generator and Electric Car.

The award-winning imaging of Art Huff delights the eye while making even complex concepts visually clear. The feedback from hundreds of young testers made Penny Norman (Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley) and Ann Einstein (M.A.T., Berkeley School District educator) leave in the play while exploring the exciting changes in energy technology. The result is this cutting edge book/kit which combines hours of spirited building with basic science.

Some projects include:

  • Race across a room with potential energy
  • Build a solar racer
  • Speed away with a supercapacitor car
  • Make chain reactions with kinetic energy
  • Apply kinetic energy
  • Have fun and save the planet!

Requires common household items (not included).

Requires one D battery and one 9 volt battery (NOT INCLUDED).

Winner of a Creative Child Magazine Award and named one of Dr. Toy's Top 10 Educational Toys of 2006.

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