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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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By Jessica Prescott

Learn how to play chess, the world’s most popular board game! It’s easy to learn, and anyone can play it. Jessica Prescott teaches you how you can get good at it and start winning. Improve your skills through 35 fun activities. This isn’t just a textbook about the rules of the game! Why not have a game of Pawn Football (pawns line up at their starting rank and race to the other side), or do the Queen Dance (make a checkmate using only a queen and king)? Try Scholar’s Mate: the four-move checkmate every beginner needs to know, and when you’re really good, play Bughouse, a crazy four-person game with two chess sets. All the activities have clear, colorful illustrations so you can see exactly where pieces should be on the chessboard. There are also helpful hints and tips throughout, and if you’ve ever forgotten how a piece moves or need to brush up on a rule, look at the Starting Out section for a reminder.

Softcover book containing 128 pages.

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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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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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Boost fine motor and visual thinking skills with Imaginets! The sturdy wood carrying case features durable hinges and rope handles that are perfect for little hands to grasp. Inside, brightly-coloured magnetic blocks can be arranged on the boards to replicate any of the 50 full-colour design challenges, including animals, faces, vehicles, sports, structures and more. Plus, the magnetic board surface doubles as a dry-erase board, so kids can decorate a backdrop for their creations!

Includes: travel case, 42 magnetic wooden blocks and 25 double-sided pattern cards.

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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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Play, learn, draw, write and create with your paperless Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet! You can use the included stainless steel stylus, any other suitable instrument or even your finger on this super-light and thin, blue 8.5" Boogie Board. The LCD surface reacts to pressure when you are writing and erases with a touch of a button - just like magic!

The whole family can use the Boogie Board: games on long car rides, grocery lists, toddlers learning to write the alphabet, a perfect reusable canvas for artists of all ages - the possibilities are endless!

Includes:

  • Blue 8.5" Boogie Board
  • Stylus
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • User Guide

Sealed 3V watch battery which never requires replacing is included!

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Give your child the wonder of a toy gyroscope! Produced since 1917, the TEDCO gyroscope continues to fascinate young and old alike with its mysterious force that seems to defy gravity. Gyroscopic technology is used in numerous applications of everyday life such as in guidance and navigation systems for ships, airplanes and spacecrafts; for accurate mapping and surveying; in oil drilling and even motion picture making. Each gyroscope is packed in a clear styrene box with starting string, pedestal and instructions for performing several amazing tricks.

Busy hands build strong minds! And there is no toy better than the classic gyroscope to engage both the hands and the minds of youngsters. Children are curious by nature and one of the best ways for them to learn is by asking "how does it work?" The gyroscope sets out to help kids investigate the amazing scientific principle of gyroscopic force and to reinforce learning through hands-on exploration.

Made in the USA.

Winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award by the Parents' Choice Foundation!

Includes gyroscope, clear box, starting string, pedestal and instructions.

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In Super Farmer, each player takes the role of the owner of an animal farm. The main goal is to breed, exchange and gather different animals (rabbits, sheep, pigs, cows, horses and dogs) and the winner is the person who can gather at least one of each kind. But, be careful! There are foxes around trying to snatch your rabbits, and a wolf which can eat almost all of your animals!

The game is based on strategy, and luck of the dice. Will you barter with your opponents to get the animals that you need? Or will you keep them close so that the other players can’t get them? Do you exchange your animals for dogs that will protect your animals from wolves and foxes, or take the risk in order to get more animals instead?

For 2 - 4 players.

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GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit is the ultimate expansion pack for the most adventurous innovator! With more than 190 pieces, GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit offers hours of fun and endless possibilities. Goldie’s Diary of Inventions (included in the Builder’s Survival Kit), offers kids a wide-eyed perspective of Goldie’s world, her friends and family, and all of her secret inventions. From budding engineers to master architects, GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survival Kit gives inventors the freedom to choose their own difficulty level. With included prompts, kids can build simple and small or big and bold. Kids develop spatial skills through basic engineering principles while building their reading skills and confidence in problem solving.

GoldieBlox, Inc. is a toy company founded in 2012 by Debbie Sterling, a female engineer from Stanford University. She has made it her mission in life to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. Debbie has also written and illustrated Goldie's first story! The effectiveness of GoldieBlox isn’t based on assumption. Debbie spent a year researching gender differences, talking with Harvard neuroscientists, and observing children’s play patterns.

Includes 1 storybook, 1 long pegboard, 1 quarter pegboard, 1 mini pegboard, 6 wheel hubs, 10 wheel ends, 2 big wheel ends, 6 blocks, 4 elbow joints, 4 corner joints, 4 T-joints, 2 cross joints, 7 5-way joints, 4 all-way joints, 5 coupler joints, 8 angle joints, 2 star couplers, 10 short axles, 13 little axles, 23 mini axles, 12 pegs, 4 short flexi axles, 4 long flexi axles, 6 washers, 12 spacers, 2 cord lengths, 1 crank, 2 suction cups, 12 star stoppers, 2 noodle belts, 4 tires, 3 character figurines, 1 character bouncy ball, 1 rubber band (approximately 190 pieces).

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GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine teaches kids how to make their own movies. A story AND construction kit! In GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, Goldie and her gang of friends team up to invent a solution and save the Bloxtown Film Festival from being canceled. Kids learn how to build a zoetrope, a pre-cinema animation device, while learning about illustration and animation. New characters and pieces! GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine introduces Li Gravity and Valentina Voltz, the series first male and Latina characters, as well as newly engineered pieces that are compatible with all GoldieBlox sets (sold separately).

GoldieBlox, Inc. is a toy company founded in 2012 by Debbie Sterling, a female engineer from Stanford University. She has made it her mission in life to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. Debbie has also written and illustrated Goldie's first story! The effectiveness of GoldieBlox isn’t based on assumption. Debbie spent a year researching gender differences, talking with Harvard neuroscientists, and observing children’s play patterns.

Includes 1 storybook, 1 character figurine, 4 movie packs, 1 movie hoop, 1 movie reel, 2 mini pegboards, 2 long axles, 4 short axles, 2 mini axles, 4 pegs, 2 big wheel ends, 4 small wheel ends, 1 small wheel hub, 8 star stoppers, 4 elbow joints, 1 crank, 1 noodle belt, and 1 star coupler.

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For the first time ever, Goldie comes to life as an action figure! More than just a doll, her articulated shoulders, hips, knees and joints along with specially designed hands and feet are designed for action. With the included construction kit, kids learn how to build Goldie a 13' zipline and send her soaring!

GoldieBlox, Inc. is a toy company founded in 2012 by Debbie Sterling, a female engineer from Stanford University. She has made it her mission in life to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. Debbie has also written and illustrated Goldie's first story! The effectiveness of GoldieBlox isn’t based on assumption. Debbie spent a year researching gender differences, talking with Harvard neuroscientists, and observing children’s play patterns.

Includes 1 action figure with articulated shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, 1 action figure tool belt, 1 action figure wrench, 4 wheel ends, 4 elbow joints, 4 T joints, 6 mini axles, 2 short axles, 2 spacers, 4 washers, and 1 4-meter long zipline.

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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 Scarab, young Hexbug engineers start by constructing the base chassis and assembling the six green legs. Once the chassis is in place, the brain and motors are connected to the bottom of the base, and the legs are attached. Next steps include building the outer body shell and then wiring the brain to the sensors and motors using snap connectors.

To program the robotic scarab, 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 that simulates the real, random wandering nature of a living creature!

Set includes more than 250 snap together pieces.

Build product measures approximately 16” long, 15 wide and 7” tall.

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

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Build an FM radio that really works!

Designed by a company that was founded over 30 years ago by a pair of engineers, all Snap Circuits parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease - which means that children as young as eight can benefit from Snap Circuits. An added bonus: no tools are required for Snap Circuits play, which means children can get to "work" as soon as they open the box. With Snap Circuits your children will see that learning about electronics is a snap!

Kit includes 4 projects, and the new flexible mini base grid (measures approximately 7.7" long x 5.5" wide.)

Requires 3 AA batteries (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, 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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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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This kit is a collection of amazing experiments contained in five unbreakable test tubes. Each test tube features up to three cool activities and lots of science learning fun.

The test tubes in this kit contain:

  • Insta-Snow® - Make a blizzard in a test tube instantly!
  • Magic Sand - Experiment with amazing, colourful, waterproof sand
  • Energy Beads - Use the sun to make these incredible beads chance colour
  • Growing Dino - Grow a squishy dinosaur in a test tube simply by adding water
  • Rainbow Tube - Grow squishy jelly crystals and use them to trap a rainbow in a tube

The test tubes can be used again and again after the experiments are done. Your kit contains a list of experiment ideas to get you started.

Kit includes: 5 giant, plastic test tubes with lids, 1 plastic test tube holder, 7g Water Gel™ , 10g Superabsorbent Crystals, 7g Insta-Snow® powder, 3 True Colors™ Fizzing Tablets, 25g Magic Sand, 12 UV Energy Beads, 1 Growing Dinosaur, 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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This fun chemistry set will teach children what causes objects to glow in the dark with more than 15 activities.

  • Make your own batch of glowing slime
  • Grow atomic worms instantly
  • Turn long polymers into liquid light
  • Explore the science of things that glow!

Kit includes: Slime Goo Activator, Shaker Cup, Atomic Slime, UV Light, Plastic Scoop, Worm Activator, Atomic Worm Goo, 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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The LeapPad Ultra Carrying Case is a kid-tough, zippered case that snugly holds your child's LeapPad Ultra and 6 games. It's designed to travel with you easily and features a tote-safe wrist-strap.

Features include:

  • Molded carrying case with built-in bumpers holds and protects LeapPad Ultra (sold separately)
  • Holds 6 game cartridges and an extra stylus
  • Features a tote-safe wrist-strap

Works only with LeapPad Ultra (sold separately).

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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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Simplistic shape. Endless possibility!

Plus-Plus uses simple shapes to encourage children to expand their imagination to make new creations. The simple Plus-Plus shape allows children to create 2D and 3D sculptures of their favourite things – cars, food, animals and more! Plus-Plus develops the imagination and creativity of children and appeals to both boys and girls. It provides hours of intensive play!

Plus-Plus is a new toy having gained a tremendous popularity over the last few years in its home base in Denmark. The success has been developed together with the leading toy retailers, specialty stores as well as with schools and other institutions.

Includes: 600 basic-coloured pieces.

Each piece measures approximately 0.80” long.

Winner of the Children's Choice Award 2014 by the Canadian Toy Testing council.

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