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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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Need a way to get your kids interested in science? The ick factor in this kit is sure to do the trick! The 20-plus experiments in this set range from making smelly bubbles to fake boogers! A realistic mini toilet bowl acts as the mixing station for experimentation, with swirling action and real flushing sounds. Not only are the experiments amusing, but kids can learn more about the related scientific principals in the provided experiment journal.

Includes motorized toilet bowl mixer with flushing sounds, garbage can shaker, 'biohazard' graduated cylinder, 3 gross molds, bubble beakers with slime stand, worm spoon, bubble wand, funnel, and instruction book.

Requires 2 AAA batteries (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 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

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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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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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Ages 8 and up

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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Ages 8 and up

Learn how to make a real moving robot using solar panels and a motor! Watch it walk outside on a sunny day, or try powering it with your desk lamp. No batteries necessary! By recycling everyday materials as its body parts, this eco-friendly robot can be transformed into a walking dinosaur or a robotic monster!

Includes: solar panel with wires, solar panel holder plate, support arm, gear case body with motor and cams installed, 2 arms, 2 leg links, 2 legs, 2 feet, 2 terminal caps, 2 body template support clips, washer screws, screws, double-sided adhesive foam and detailed instructions.

Requires small crosshead screwdiver, paper cup and 2 forks (NOT INCLUDED).

Measures approximately 5.5" high when assembled.

Winner of the 2011 Parents' Choice Award and the Toy Fair Best New Creative Toys for 2011 Award.

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Ages 8 and up

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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Ages 8 and up

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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Ages 5 and up

Make an iron detector, go fishing, levitate metal rings, make magnets bigger and stronger, and craft a compass. ScienceWiz - ElectroWiz Magnetism Science Kit includes all materials needed and uses high quality ceramic magnets.

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Ages 8 and up

This science kit contains 24 projects with motion to get your child involved in hands-on learning! It's an engaging science kit based on the properties of motion and gravity. The motion section covers many key concepts, including Newton's Laws of Motion and many others. These concepts and accompanying projects are presented in a truly winsome manner, geared specifically to children ages and up. Colourful illustrations seal the deal for a top-notch combination of learning and fun. This kit is specifically designed to develop an understanding of concepts in physics: inertia, the laws of motion, centripetal force, mass, weight, gravity, speed, velocity and acceleration. Quality time, quality play, quality learning! That's ScienceWiz!

Requires some household and food items (not included).

Winner of the Dr. Toy’s Best Toy Award and Best Vacation Award, as well as an award from Creative Child Magazine!

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Ages 8 and up

Through the hands-on projects in this book and kit, children discover the amazing DNA story! With this kit you will be able to isolate DNA from a fruit, construct a DNA ladder, unzip and duplicate DNA and solve a chromosome puzzle - is it a boy or a girl? You can also identify single gene traits and analyze eye colour, extract your own DNA, and make forgery proof DNA ink!

This kit makes the basics of molecular biology accessible to the curious of all ages. Dr. Penny Norman (Ph.D. in Biophysics from U.C. Berkeley) and Ann Einstein (M.A.T., elementary educator) use appealing kitchen table experiments refined through years of testing in after school programs and camps to tell the incredible DNA story.

Rubbing alcohol or specified alternative required (not included). Parental supervision required.

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Ages 8 and up

Can you really make a clock work using something other than batteries? Of course, with the help of this cool kit! Use the digital clock with wires, pots, connecting wire, transparent tapes, copper and zinc strips, and detailed instructions included to create a real working digital clock powered by potatoes! Experiment with other food and drinks too and see how many wacky ways you can make the clock work! (Potatoes and other foods not included). Have fun while you construct and learn with this cool Potato Clock!

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Ages 8 and up

The SmartLab ReCon 6.0 is an awesome toy, programmable robot, and learning tool - all in one! Program your Rover to navigate specified courses and send it on all types of missions, like: delivering a treat to a pet, surprising a family member with a personalized message, guarding a bedroom, or just doing a dance!

The spiral-bound Owner's Manual contains everything from guided projects to advanced operating techniques to get your Rover rolling! This cleverly crafted guide concludes with room for taking notes and charting your own adventures. Best of all, the ReCon 6.0 is independently programmable, so no computer access is required!

Includes: Programmable Rover robot and 48-page, full-colour Owner's Manual.

Requires 3 C batteries (NOT INCLUDED).

Winner of the 2011 Parents Magazine Best Toy Award, 2011 Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products Award, 2011 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award, 2011 Great Schools Golden Apple Award and 2011 Best Electronic Toy Award from Bestcovery.

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Ages 5 and up

This delightful set of self-contained book-kits combine hours of joy with solid basic science! This electricity kit is packed with parts: an easy-to-connect light bulb holder, light bulb, 4 colour coded alligator leads for bitingly good electrical contact, battery holder band, electric motor, pinwheel, motor mania cutouts, message-sending buzzer, LED, parts for switch, grab bag of text objects, plastic storage box and 36 page book. Everything you could possibly need to gain understanding of basic electrical principles - while having fun!

Requires 1 D battery (NOT INCLUDED).

Winner of the Parent's Choice Seal of Approval, Scientific American Young Reader's Book Award and a National Parenting Magazine Award.

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Ages 5 and up

By Lori C. Froeb

Quit buggin' and get busy on a new learning adventure! Animal Adventures: Insects and Spiders will take you deep into nature to discover the enormous world of all the creepy-crawly creatures around us. Have fun while learning and see all of your favorites like you never have before, with colorful illustrations, fascinating facts about insects and spiders, and finally building a diorama. Everything you need to delve into the world of bugs is right here, ready to assemble at home or to take on the go. This unique set includes a book full of colorful illustrations and intriguing facts about spiders and insects, plus three-dimensional models and a diorama with reusable stickers.

Includes 40 page book, 9 piece diorama, 6 plastic animals, 5 3-D models, 40 reusable stickers, and 20 fact cards.

Activity Kit, contains 40 pages

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By Paul Beck

What do gorillas and robots have in common? More than you think! Find out inside, when you go from biology to technology as you explore the worlds of gorillas and robots. For decades, scientists have looked to gorillas and other creatures for inspiration. Read the book to learn about gorilla behavior and anatomy, the design and development of robots, and what happens when scientists combine gorillas and robots. Then build your very own walking gorilla! Robotic Gorilla is sure to inspire the young scientists in your life.

Includes 24 fact cards, 15" x 20" poster, plastic case with motor, and 14 plastic pieces.

Hardcover containing 32 pages

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Ages 8 and up

Measure, mix, and concoct icky-sticky goo like a real mad scientist with this one-of-a-kind laboratory kit. The motorized Slime-O-Nator makes your slimy concoctions appear to grow, dance, and mutate. Use the slime poker to stretch and bend your slime. Like all SmartLab toys, this goo-fy kit features projects that teach the science behind the fun. The 16-page lab book includes 20 slippery activities that use common household ingredients.

Components:

  • Slime-O-Nator

  • Graduated cylinder
  • Slime poker
  • Goop Scoop measuring spoon
  • Mixing bowl
  • Dropper
  • 16-page book

Requires 4 AA batteries (Batteries 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, being 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.

 

This VEX Robotics 4 In 1 Kit includes more than 650 pieces - everything a young HEXBUG engineer needs to build a giant Ant, Scarab, Spider, Strandbeast, or one of their very own creations! With this kit, kids will learn about how the motors, sensors, gears and the robot’s brain work together to communicate with the controller and bring the robot to life.

 

To program the robots, kids simply flip a series of switches on the robot’s brain, allowing for quick experimentation with different modes to determine which behaviors make most sense for each robot. There are a total of 64 possible 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 650 pieces.

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

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Ages 8 and up

Learn about the science behind magic by doing more than thirty activities!

  • Make water disappear
  • Read your audience's mind
  • Learn how to stretch a banana

Kit includes: printed cards, small envelopes, large printed envelopes, paper cups, plastic bottles, water gel, clear spheres, giant test tube with lid, magic wand, marble, true colour tablets, plastic bag pencils, wooden chopsticks, clear plastic cup, instructions, and vinyl carrying bag.

Lab in a Bag measures approximately 9.75" wide x 3" high x 7.5" long.

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