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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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Electrify your brain with this challenging puzzler! The object is to place all of the pieces on the board to successfully complete the circuit; do so, and the entire board lights up! Cool Circuits emphasizes spatial reasoning and abstract thinking with over 40 different challenges ranging from student to expert. Can you solve them all?

Includes: 1 light up board, 8 fluorescent 3-D puzzle pieces and 40 challenge cards.

For 1 player.

Requires 3 AAA batteries ("Try Me" batteries included).

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This multiple award-winning kit allows you to use everyday material to foster scientific understanding, build a spinning motor, a clicking telegraph, a working radio and a light flashing generator! Directions are clear, step-by-step and highly VISUAL. Most materials are included. Incredible illustrations present central scientific concepts, allowing children to learn the "why" as well as the "how", taking how-it-works to a whole new level of clarity. The use of everyday materials in the projects contributes to the understanding of how things work.

Although Inventions is designed for 8 year olds and up, this title has had an extraordinary history and following. It has been used at MIT to mentor high school students in physics. It has been used at U.C. Berkeley to mentor women in science. It has been used similarly at other institutions including Fermi Lab and the University of Texas at Austin. We heard rumors, that at one point, a number of physicists at Berkeley were spinning the hand made motors from Inventions on their desks, competing for the bragging rights as to whose was spinning the fastest!

Requires some common household items (not included).

Requires 1 D battery (NOT INCLUDED).

Winner of a Creative Child Magazine Award, National Parenting Magazine's Gold Award, Scientific American Young Reader's Book Award and the American Specialty Toy Industry Association's Top Picks Award.

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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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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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Pick up this cool hobby that you will be able to enjoy your whole life long! Cross stitching is fun and easy to do, especially with this introductory kit! Included is everything you need to create 1 butterfly bag or 1 pen holder and 4 colourful coasters! Contents include 2 plastic canvases, 1 plastic needle, different coloured yarns, design templates for handbag, pen holder and coasters and detailed, easy-to-understand instructions. Get ready to get stitching with this great kit!

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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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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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Make a pencil float in midair, engineer a personal transporter using the principle of the maglev train, construct a metal sculpture that defies gravity or a random motion machine which swings unpredictably, and more. All 7 projects in 1! It's amazing!

Includes: graphic template (compass, earth, and spaceman), thin rod with ring, hexagonal rod, round rod, sticker, UFO body, string, pointer, copper washer, 10 nuts, 7 ring magnets, 1 enclosure, 1 divider, 1 weighing pan, string attachment, axle, support arm, baseplate and detailed instruction.

Adhesive tape required(sold separately).

Robot measures approximately 7.5” tall x 5.5” wide.

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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 6 and up

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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This cool kit is both an awesome science project, and a cool desktop decoration! Make a solid volcano with the mould and plaster provided, and then paint and decorate it to look like volcanic rock with lava overflowing the top. Then put baking soda and vinegar into the "crater" at the top of the volcano, and watch as an amazing eruption occurs! Your plaster volcano will really erupt with bubbly, fizzy "lava"! The eruption can be performed repeatedly, so you're sure to entertain family and friends (not to mention yourself) for hours with this bubbling, fizzing plaster volcano!

This kit contains 1 volcano mould ( 2 parts ), 2 pouches of fine quality plaster mix, 1 paint strip of 6 colours, 1 brush, 1 stirrer, 1 blister cup, 1 sheet of fun graphics for decoration, and 1 set instructions with fun facts and a recipe for the eruption.

Baking soda and vinegar are required to perform the eruption (NOT INCLUDED).

Measures approximately 4" high.

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Zoom in on the fun with the Nancy B Microscope! From peacock feathers and goldfish scales to your own skin and cheek cells, get up close and personal with this 2-in-1 light and dissecting microscope. The included keepsake journal features 22 pages of fun science experiments for kids and activities from observation to creative writing, drawing, and more.

Includes: 30x–400x Light and dissecting microscope with rubber eye cup and focusing knob, tweezers, scalpel, spatula, stirring rod, test tube, pipette, 7 cover slips and slide labels, 4 prepared slides, 7 blank slides, 1 petri dish, 1 specimen vial, and a 22-page activity journal.

Microscope measures approximately 5” in width, and 9” in height.

Requires 3 AAA batteries (NOT INCLUDED).

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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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Aqua Dragons are live aquatic creatures which you hatch and bring to life in an underwater tank! Aqua Dragons are three eyed, long tailed, fascinating little swimming animals from the crustacean family! Their eggs can be preserved in salt for long periods of time and hatched once introduced into water! While caring for your Aqua Dragons you will see them eat, play, and grow. There are so many interesting facts to learn and discover about Aqua Dragons! This complete Aqua Dragons Kit is the perfect gift for curious little ones!

Includes a full colour underwater world decorated tank with lid, Aqua Dragons eggs, Aqua Dragons food, feeding spoon, pipette, and instructions.

Aquarium measures approximately 6.25” long x 1.75” wide x 6” tall.

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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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