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Science Toys and Books

Animal - The Definitive Visual Guide to the World’s Wildlife


This is the most complete book of the Animal kingdom you can find.  The book is over 600 pages packed with terrific information and pictures.  With over 2,000 species and written with over 70 expert zoologists in coordination with the Smithsonian Institution this comprehensive book provides specific information about each animal combined with phenomenal photos and maps.   We use this book as a reference guide to answer questions about any kind of animal including insects.   The facts are short but very complete.  You’ll never have to buy another animal book again!  Go to Amazon to look inside and see the editorial reviews.  This is a book not to be missed.  You can get a great price on it from Amazon, hardcover retail is $50, but Amazon has it for about $30.

Exploratopia: More than 400 kid-friendly experiments and explorations for curious minds

The Exploratorium, the "museum of science, art and human perception" in San Francisco, presents a lively compendium of science information, activities, and experiments. Divided into three broad sections, this large-format book supports a hands-on approach to learning.

The BEST Science Experiment Kits to do at home!

We have researched the available “Do At Home” science project kits and have found that the Thames & Kosmos kits to be the most authentic and of high quality.  This year at the 2007 Toy Fair I was able to really look at their wide selection of kits and compare them to other manufacturers.  The kits are shown below, click on the links to purchase them online!  Thames & Kosmos have the best! Here is a bit about them from their website:

Thames & Kosmos was founded in 2001 with the mission of improving informal science education by publishing high-quality science and technology related educational products for children of all ages. We place an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through hands-on modeling of real-world devices and processes, and by offering comprehensive, meaningful reading materials for a rich learning experience.

Chem C1000 - Chemistry Experiment Kit

Chem C1000 - Discover the Secrets behind the “Magic” of Chemistry
Make water flow uphill, get electricity from a test tube, float a soap-powered boat, even identify elements by colored flames! Kids will gain hands-on laboratory experience and build a strong foundation in chemistry as a cartoon professor guides them through 75 fun, entertaining experiments. Includes illustrated 40-page, full-color experiment manual, safety glasses, professional-quality equipment and all chemicals needed. Some experiments use a 6-volt lantern battery (not included). Requires strict adult supervision.  Click here for more detailed information.
Ages 10+ 

Parent’s Choice Gold Award

Perfume Science Kit 
Create Your Own Line of Perfumes and Learn About Science 
How do the nose and brain communicate to recognize smells? What is the history of fragrances? Discover the answers to these questions and more as you experiment with scents, extract fragrances from plants and design custom perfumes. Professional-quality kit comes with 8 perfume oils, tools, accessories and a 48-page instruction manual packed with 20 activities, and fun facts.
Ages 10+ 

Parent’s Choice Silver Award

The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book

Science has never been so easy - or so much fun! With The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book, all you need to do is gather a few household items and you can recreate dozens of mind-blowing, kid-tested science experiments. High school science teach Tom Robinson shows you how to expand your scientific horizons - from biology to chemistry to physics to outer space.
You'll discover answers to questions like:
Is it possible to blow up a balloon without actually blowing into it?
What is inside coins?
Can a magnet ever be "turned off"?
Do toilets always flush in the same direction?
Can a swimming pool be cleaned with just the breath of one person?

Get ready to enter the laboratory and learn how to conduct cool experiments, understand scientific terms like "photosynthesis," and know fun facts like how many latex balloons per day can be made from a rubber tree. Each section has a great science fair project, complete with all the details you need to wow your teachers and friends.

You won't want to wait for a rainy day or your school's science fair to test these cool experiments for yourself!


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