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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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Watch scented bio seeds grow in front of your eyes - with no soil or water! Using a nutritive and non-toxic gel created by Globus International in collaboration with NASA scientists (and tested on a space shuttle!), Plantariums are life-giving ecosystems in which seeds rapidly germinate. The colourful gel’s transparency makes the seedling and it’s roots visible throughout the entire germination and early plant-growth process! Simply press the seeds into the gel and close the tube. As germination starts, the Plantarium’s plastic vial works as a greenhouse and a miracle of nature unfolds! After the seedling reaches the top of the vial, it can be transferred to soil to fully mature.

Kit includes: 1 gel-filled, kid-friendly plastic vial, specially designed to allow the scent of the plant inside to be smelled without opening the lid; special seeds; wooden planting stick; and detailed instructions.

Ships in assorted seed types and gel colours.

Measures approximately 7" high.

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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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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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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 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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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