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    1. Butterfly Garden
    $29.97
    2. Butterfly Pavilion
    3. Edu Science Metal Detector
    $69.99
    4. Astrolon Telescope with Case
    5. Meteor Rocket Kit
    $12.99
    6. Sea Monkeys Ocean of Light
    7. Eyewitness Kit: Dinoworks Tyrannosaurus
    $24.99
    8. Mars 2020 Board Game
    $69.99
    9. Polaris 50 AZ-P Telescope
    $7.99
    10. Butterfly Feeder
    $19.99
    11. Dinosaurs & Things Board Game
    $79.99
    12. Microscope 8200
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    13. Butterfly Life Cycle Stages
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    14. Peoples of the Planet
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    15. Bioviva Boardgame About Nature
    16. Zome System Creator Kit
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    17. Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys Magic
    $14.99
    18. Edu Science Jr. Electric Lab

    1. Butterfly Garden

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    Asin: B00000ISC5
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Insect Lore
    Sales Rank: 155
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Did you know that painted ladies (the butterflies, that is) taste with their feet and have 10,000 eyes? You and your kids will be fascinated by all you learn about these beautiful creatures with the Butterfly Garden from Insect Lore. The kit comes with a relatively easy-to-assemble observation chamber; supplies for feeding the butterflies (you provide only sugar and water); an informative booklet of clear instructions and butterfly facts; and a certificate for three to five free painted lady caterpillars. The metamorphosis from larva to butterfly takes about three weeks from when you receive the caterpillar larvae (which arrive in a small container with all the nutrients they need). Your children can watch the larvae increase dramatically in size, form chrysalides, and finally emerge into full-fledged painted ladies (it's suggested that they release the butterflies after a few days of observation). This would make a wonderfulactivity for families with kids of any age, but younger children will need help assembling the observationchamber and reading the instruction booklet. (Note: The manufacturer recommends that butterflies should not be set free in temperatures lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.) --Rachel Radway ... Read more

    Reviews (62)

    5-0 out of 5 stars So fun I Bought My Own!
    I bought one of these last year for my nieces. I also got one for me, and I'm in my 30's. I waited until the spring time to send in my caterpillar certificate. They came in their own little container with just enough food. So you don't need to feed them anything. I tried to put some real food such as leaves from the plants they like to eat in the wild, but they preferred the food that came with them. I think I received 6 caterpillars and they all turned into butterflies. I let them go a day or two after they emerged. Kids are completely fascinated by the process from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. One word of caution, it may not be the best thing to get for Christmas since you may have to wait until spring to get your caterpillars. They will send them in the winter, but I didn't want the butterflies to die on me or freeze to death if I let them go.

    Our kids loved this
    Our daughters received the Butterfly Garden from their grandfather. The whole family really enjoyed the entire process from catepillar to butterlfy. Very educational for the kids. Unfortunately, though we had three cocoons, only one of the butterflies actually survived. Nevertheless, this is a great gift and one I just bought for my nephew.

    Tons of Fun and Educational too!
    My daughter received this toy from her cousin. She is 5. At first my son was a little grossed out by the worm looking caterpillars but once they grew and I pinned the paper disc with the attached chrysalides to the netted garden, it was worth it. My 2 kids just sit there and watch. It's better than TV. One caterpillar died but 3 have already emerged. My daughter has named the three butterflies and she loves watching "Crystal" balance herself on the orange wedge that she placed in the hut. I find myself checking on them at least 4 times a day because it is so interesting. We are waiting for the last one to emerge before we set the other three free. My daugher doesn't want the last one to be lonely.

    A wonderful combination of fun and education
    My daughter had a wonderful time learing about butterflies and watching them emerge. This is a fantastic teaching tool, with clear instructions and easy to use equipment. I can't rave enough about this toy!!!!

    WOW! This thing is cool!
    I recieved my Butterfly Garden yesterday and boy, was I excited! The pop-up mesh butterfly habita is so neat. I've always wanted one! I sent away for my caterpillars today. If you want to give something or get something GREAT, the Butterfly Garden is a good idea! :) ... Read more


    2. Butterfly Pavilion

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    Asin: B00004U5UF
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Insect Lore
    Sales Rank: 3192
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic experience!
    Raising butterflies with the Butterfly Pavilion was an experience that my kids and I will never forget. I'm a single parent trying to raise two young kids on my own. I'm busy and don't have much time to take them outside to experience nature. I wanted to give them something that would nurture their respect of nature. Boy did I pick the right item. We mailed our free certificate and about 10 days later, we received our caterpillars. Within about 7 days, they changed into chrysalides. We waited about a week, then suddenly, the butterflies started hatching. In fact, we got to see 4 of them come out within about 30 minutes of each other. It was the most fantastic experience. We kept the butterflies inside the netted habitat for about 5 days, then released them outside. My little 4-year-old girl cried as she had to free her "butterfries", but understood why it was important to do so. We'll never forget this experience and highly recommend the Butterfly Pavilion to everyone.

    THE best summer project!!!
    The kids have never been so excited about what will happen next. We couldn't wait for the caterpillars to come in the mail...counting the days. They all (10) did what they were supposed to do: eating, growing, spinning web, hanging. One did not turn into a chrysalis, and one chrysalis did not hatch, but we had 8 butterflies. They are easy to care for. They even lay eggs and the eggs hatch into tiny caterpillers. We haven't past the 2nd set caterpillar stage yet, but are hoping...

    FUN, EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINING
    I AM VERY HAPPY TO SAY THE LEAST. WE GOT THE CATERPILLARS A WEEK AFTER MAILING OUT THE CERTIFICATE. THEY TURNED INTO CHYSALIDES ABOUT 10 DAYS LATER AND IN A WEEK AND A HALF OUR 1ST BUTTERFLY "PENNY" EMERGED. MY 5 YR OLD WAS EXCITED AND ANXIOUS TO SEE HER OTHER BUTTERFLIES. BY THE NEXT DAY THEY WERE ALL OUT. MY 1 YR OLD GOES CRAZY SEEING THEM FLY. WE JUST REALEASED THEM TODAY AND ONE FLEW ON KAELA'S SHOULDER AND SHE WAS DELIGHTED THAT "PENNY" AS SHE SAYS KISSED HER GOODBYE. WE WERE SAD TO HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE BUT LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THEM AROUND. WE HAD SUCH A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE THAT WE ARE ORDERING MORE CATERPILLARS. I MUST SAY THAT IT IS SUPER EDUCATIONAL. MY DAUGHTER LEARNED ALOT FROM THE STAGES THEY GO THROUGH TO THE AMOUNT OF EYES THEY HAVE, HOW LONG THEY LIVE,HOW THEY BREATHE...ETC. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO EVERYONE. ESPECIALLY SINCE NOT ONLY DO YOU EXPOSE YOUR KIDS TO NATURE BUT YOU CAN REUSE THE HABITAT OVER & OVER AGAIN. MY CHILDREN LOVED IT AND SO WILL YOURS.

    Spendid
    Spendid!! Simply, spendid!! Creative,educational-fun!!
    (Coin a new word: Educational-fun!!!) As well as affordable
    and very cleve!! Good show!!

    I enjoyed this as much as my son!!
    Both of us being 'nature buffs', my 6 year old son and I had a wonderful time with this.
    We sent away for our catarpillars (every day he would say, 'have they come in yet'?) and when they arrived, put them in the habitat.

    When I was a little girl, I caught a bunch of catarpillars, put them in a shoebox, with grass, leaves and whatever else I thought they might eat. I punched holes in the shoe box lid and then covered the box, and basically forgot about it until a few days or so, opened it and saw my catarpillars had made cocoons. Before long, they were moths and I remember how excited I was to see them!

    With this habitat, you get to WATCH the whole process of metamorphosis and it is truly amazing AND educational!! When they finally transformed into butterflies, my son was so thrilled, altho a little saddened when we had to set them free.

    I'm thinking about purchasing this again, one for my son and myself, and also one for his second grade teacher so his whole class can enjoy the experience.

    If your child enjoys the wonders of natures and would love to witness the miracle of transformation of catarpillars into butterflies, this is DEFINATELY well worth the money! ... Read more


    3. Edu Science Metal Detector

    Asin: B00004YURI
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Toys "R" Us
    Sales Rank: 10762
    Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Treasure seekers, begin your quest for valuables armed with thislightweight metal detector. This silver-and-red metal detector extendsfrom 24.5 inches to 39 inches long and features a sensor ring that foldsand swivels for easy storage. Insert a 9-volt battery (not included),adjust the unit for your height, and sweep over the ground to detectforgotten treasures. Coins, keys, and even rings register with a beepand a flashing red light. Whether it's the thrill of discovery or thepromise of riches soon to be discovered, this metal detector is sure toplease. --Tami Horiuchi ... Read more

    Reviews (9)

    Awesome Metal Detector for the price!
    When we got this metal detector through the mail it was in perfect condition and worked perfectly! We got it for our son for his 7th birthday. Whether it's nuts, bolts, or even tin foil this detector really find just about anything. It detects about 5" in depth. It was great for our little treasure hunter! He loves it and is thrilled finding his treasures! Thanks amazon and toys-r-us!!! 5 stars all the way!!!!!

    Excellent for Starters!
    We got this metal detector through this website. It came without any damage and works perfectly. We got it for our sons 7th birthday and he loves it. Whether it's nuts, bolts, drill bits or tin foil he still calls it treasure because he found it. So far we figured out that it detects about 5" in depth, believe it or not. I have even used it and I even love it!LOL! This is a great investment for a child that is really curious about treasure and adventure. Great for the price!!! Highly recomended for children between 5 through 12. Five Stars all the way!!! Thanks toys-r-us and amazon!!!!

    It broke soon after Santa delivered it...
    My son was so thrilled with this present on Christmas morning, "All of my dreams came true!!" and it worked pretty well, for about an hour. The unit wasn't mishandled, it simply stopped working (it was a constant "beeeeep" as if it were detecting metal everywhere). Too bad we had to ship it back to the north pole.

    Best Christmas Purchase!!!
    This is the best buy I found at Christmas. My son loves exploring with his metal detector. It's sensitive, sturdy, fun, and didn't cost much--a great purchase! He's thrilled--I'm thrilled!

    Entertaining and Educational
    We purcheased this item for my son for his 5th birthday. Works great everywhere. It has been used at the beach, in the backyard, and even in the house. He hasn't found anything valuable yet but he doesn't care. Finding those old buried nails in the backyard was just fine with him(they were buried pretty deep too.). He never forgets it and is always playing with it. He pretends he's Bob the builder looking for buried cable. Then he's a pirate looking for buried treasure. He's even been a spy-explorer. The best part is he actually finds things. It has also come in handy when I dropped an earring in the backyard. I would recommend this for the adventurer in your home. ... Read more


    4. Astrolon Telescope with Case

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    Asin: B00005BU7M
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Toys "R" Us
    Sales Rank: 4943
    Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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    Not a good purchase
    We bought this telescope as a Christmas present for our 9 year old son. He was very excited, but the telescope was a big bust. First, the assembly was difficult. Once assembled the locking mechanism would not keep the telescope focused on an object. The moon was the only object in the night sky that we could keep the telescope focused on. Lastly, the telescope has a carrying case, but you have to completely disassemble it to get it in the case. I'd rather spend twice the money and get something that a 9 year can actually use.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Telescope
    I think that kids my age to think about this telescope. I sure did after what I learnded in sciece the telescope came i handy to see the stars and planets.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Good First Telescope for Beginning Youngster
    This is a good option if you are buying for a young budding astronomer and don't want to spend a lot of money. I am an adult who gave this in November 2001 as a first telescope for an 11 year-old nephew (birthday). Due to circumstances beyond the scope of this article, I have sole possession of it for a month before my nephew gets it back. I had no prior astronomy knowledge or experience. I did a little internet research after the purchase, and the following is based on that limited research and my experience with this telescope.

    If you want to spend limited money just to see if a youngster will take an interest, this product isn't a bad way to go. That's especially so if you don't have a lot of time to first become knowledgable on the topic. One website recommends a 60mm refractor telescope (like this one) for rank beginners.

    One caution about telescope claims generally: Although most products brag about the maximum available power (say, 525x like this one), the clarity at such powers (at least in this price range) isn't very good and is useful for only bigger, brighter objects like the moon. Don't buy a telescope based only on a claimed maximum power. A more practical maximum power will be closer to 175x at this price range, according to one website and my experience.

    The good news is there is plenty to see at powers of 35x to 175x. This product is good in that it has 4 different eyepieces in the 35x-175x range, providing reasonable versatility. In December 2001, I could see shadows cast by craters on the moon, Saturn and its ring, and Jupiter with 4 of its moons. Granted, Saturn & Jupiter are especially visible this time of year. A gripe: At 175x, fine directional adjustments require a little patience due to a little looseness in the mounting mechanism. An adult can do it, but can an 11 year-old? I don't know yet. It's not really a problem at 35x, 56x & 78x.

    Recommendations: An adult should do the initial setup and align the finderscope, which acts like a sighting scope on a rifle. Stay at the lower powers until the youngster gets familiar with it. Try it out in daylight first (just don't try to look at the sun!!!), then at big nocturnal objects like the moon.

    One other important consideration: If you are purchasing for a middle teenager or adult, don't mess with (...inexpensive)-class telescopes from all-purpose stores. Instead, research any number of good internet websites, seek help from a local astronomy club, and then go to a specialty store. (...) ... Read more


    5. Meteor Rocket Kit

    Asin: B00000IS7I
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Scientific Explorer
    Sales Rank: 3924
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    People have been fascinated by rockets since the first ones were launched in China almost a thousand years ago. Now your kids can observe the principles at work behind rocketry with the Meteor Rocket Kit from Scientific Explorer. The kit contains everything rocketeers need to build a rocket and send it shooting to heights of 100 feet. Rather than using gunpowder or liquid fuel, the Meteor is powered by baking soda and vinegar, so it's safe and can be launched again and again. A specially designed fueling module lets kids experiment to find just the right vinegar and soda mixture. The informative guide gives detailed instructions as well as information on rockets, chemistry, and suggestions for experiments. This Scientific Explorer kit is a 1999 Parents' Choice recommended toy. --Lisa Whipple ... Read more


    6. Sea Monkeys Ocean of Light

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    Asin: B00000ISKD
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Educational Insights
    Sales Rank: 201
    Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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    You are about to begin a new amazing hobby that is sofantastic it staggers the imagination! You will create instant life!Single-handedly, you will give rise to the world's only living,breathing, instant pets--live sea monkeys! The instruction book for theSea Monkeys Ocean Zoo is an entertaining read, packed with enthusiasticrevelations about those ubiquitous brine shrimp from yourcomic-book-reading days. They're fascinating creatures, able to live up to a yearor more, reproduce ("dozens of adorable babies!"), even "performtricks" in their 5.75-inch magnifier-studded "Micro Vue" aquarium. Thekit comes with shrimp eggs, food, plasma, a water purifier, and ahandbook. Just add pure water. A great set of pets for a smallishdomicile, they'd also make a scintillating science project. Plus,they're just plain fun! --Julie Ubben ... Read more

    Reviews (56)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Low maintenance, fun pet that lasts forever, unless...
    My friend gave me this toy approx. a year ago. I thought the toy would be neat for a little while, but I never thought I would grow to love it. The sea-monkeys are born instantly the minute you put the eggs in the water. After that, they require very little care; the packet of food included in the kit lasted me for almost a year now. They are always fun to watch. Over the past year, I think I have approximately 3 to 4 generations of sea-monkeys. The very last batch I have, even though they were young adults and still have at least a few more months lifespan, unfortunately all died this week (7/12/99) because of an unusually hot day. Everyday, I put them out in the sun because they love it. I never thought an extremely hot day would kill them. Since I am addicted to them now, I will mail order more eggs (or the manual says I can just let the water evaporate naturally, and when I add water again, more would be born. It's very educational. Try it.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have Sea-Monkeys!
    I am 14 years old, and I have had Sea-Monkeys 2 or 3 times. They are an excellent "toy". Although I personally haven't seen them the instant the eggs are put in, I have always seen them the next day. They are very tiny at first, but they get pretty big. They are extremely low maintenance, and very easy to care for. Just feed them every 3 days (I believe that's what the book says), and they will entertain you for hours and hours! The book also provides information on the scientific aspect of Sea-Monkeys, such as molting, breeding, and what they really are (brine shrimp).

    Unfortunately, I haven't been able to keep my Sea-Monkeys for very long, because my little brother would always spill them over. That's why I didn't give it a full durability rating. Although they live a long time, their tank can easily be spilled or knocked over. Because of my little brother, I haven't been able to get Sea-Monkeys for a while. Now he's older, and I can't wait to get more.

    They can do "tricks", and the book tells you how to "teach" those tricks to your pets. There are also many accessories and stuff that you can get for your pets, such as a billow to aerate their water, and little "Sea Diamonds" that they will play with. They have pens, watches, and a necklace that you can put your Sea-Monkeys in for a while. THEY EVEN HAVE A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY! My advice to everyone is if you're looking for cheap, low maintenance pets (I can guarantee you'll have more than one!), get Sea-Monkeys!

    Sea Monkeys - The Secret to Life
    Sea Monkeys are not just a toy, but will teach children of all ages how life is created. From the confines of your Aquatic Zoo you will see spring forth to life some of the most fantastic creatures ever to behold your eyes. These are the Amazing Sea Monkeys. Some folks will say, "oh those are just brine shrimp." No, these are the real deal - Sea Monkeys. Straight from their magic origins these little sea creatures will bring you hours upon hours of joy. Yes, you can keep Sea Monkeys for years, and boy they can get big as well. I've heard it rumoured that some can even get as big as large mice or even hamsters, though they won't when you keep them within their included habitat. I expect that one day I'll come home to see one of my monkeys sitting at my desk working the computer. No doubt surfing the web looking for more Sea Monkey information at sea-monkeys.com. Get it, grow it, live it, and experience the breathtaking life of Sea Monkeys - oh how those Sea Monkeys will bring you joy.

    The Greatest toy ever
    this is a 5 star toy and very educational. I hope you will buy it for your children!!!

    overrated and boring
    Oh come on! I believed all the glowing reviews (are you guys serious?) and the advertising hype and bought some of these.

    What you get is a small, cheap plastic container that you grow these "sea monkeys" in. You would be better off getting a glass jar and finding some stagnant water and growing mosquito larvea.
    Or go down to your local pet shop and buy some brine shrimp.

    These things are not pets or "sea monkeys" but rather pond scum. ... Read more


    7. Eyewitness Kit: Dinoworks Tyrannosaurus

    Asin: B00000IS5C
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Skullduggery
    Sales Rank: 8091
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    Every child seems to go through a dinosaur phase, and this kit is perfect for those who are intensely curious about digging up bones and being a scientist who studies dinosaurs. An adult will likely need to help with just about every part of this process, from casting the 18 pieces (making sure to expel any air bubbles) to painting them to gluing magnets on the back. Obviously, assembly is only one part of this endeavor. An 11-page instruction booklet thoroughly answers the "why "questions, such as: Why are there holes in the skull? Why is the neck so short? Why do we call this dino "lizard-hipped"? Satisfaction comes when the job is done and the skeleton can be displayed on magnetic surfaces. The kit is designed to complement the Eyewitness book Dinosaur. --Sally James ... Read more

    Reviews (5)

    Class Project
    An excellent project for your child's school report. We purchased the Velociraptor kit for our 8 year old daughter not knowing what to expect. After opening the package my wife came up with a clever idea of pouring melted chocolate chips it into the dinosaur molds, instead of using the plaster mix. We experimented with white chocolate chips and created realistic looking dinosaur bones! We buried these edible bones in ground up Oreo Cookies. What a thrill to see our daughter's 2nd grade class excavate these delectible prehistoric fossils!

    Need to buy one for dad, too!!!
    I BOUGHT THIS FOR MY EIGHT YEAR OLD FOR CHRISTMAS WITH A BUNCH OF THE "WHATS POPULAR NOW" TOYS. THIS BY FAR IS THE TOY THAT HAS KEPT HIS ATTENTION FOR MORE THAN A FEW MINUTES. MORE LIKE NEARLY 2 HOURS THE FIRST TIME WE TOOK IT OUT. IT ALSO KEPT MY 6 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AND THE EVERY ADVENTEROUS 4 YEAR OLD BUSY. I HAD TO KEEP DAD FROM DIGGING AND DUSTING OR ELSE THE KIDS WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN A TURN. AFTER FINDING THREE BONES - I TOLD THEM IT WAS TIME TO PUT IT AWAY AND SAVE IT FOR ANOTHER DAY. MY HUSBAND WOULDN'T QUIT FOR ANOTHER 30 MINUTES UNTIL THEY HAD FOUND AND UNEARTHED ONE MORE BONE. THEY HAVE MANY HOURS OF FUN LEFT WHICH IN RETURN WILL GIVE THEM AN ADDED BONUS--NOT ONLY ARE THEY HAVING FUN; BUT ARE LEARNING AT THE SAME TIME!! ONE CONSIDERATION IS THAT IT DOES SAY FOR AGES 8 AND ABOVE, BUT MY 4 YEAR OLD HAD HIS SUN GLASSES ON AND MANAGED QUITE WELL. HIS ONLY PROBLEM WAS GETTING DAD OUT OF THE WAY!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Now we are learning the names of the bones!
    My son (now almost 6) has been a dinosaur fanantic since the age of 2. He knows the names, where they lived, what they ate...you name it, he knows it! Or so we thought, until he got this for Christmas! After having a great time making and painting the "fossil" he read in the manual that each bone has it's own name--so now we're learning those as well! The only problem we have with it is when the smaller pieces get dropped on a hard surface they tend to break pretty easily. They are, however, also fixed easily with a dab of super glue.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is my child's favorite toy!!
    This is rather amazing, as I didn't realize that my son was as interested in fossils and dinosaurs as he is. He is so thrilled with his project, we are now spending lots of time at the library finding all sorts of information pertaining to this subject. He seems to be more interested in all his subjects at school. What a surprise to all of us!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great toy for kids who like to build
    We loved this toy. It is a great project toy--something best suited for several leisurely days on the porch. We cast the mold one day, then painted the next day. We glued on our magnets a third day and later that day we built the dinosaur. (Magnets hold the beast together). My child is six so perhaps an older kid would have a longer concentration block, but doing a project in a series of steps is a great tool for those hours where some downtime is needed.

    The casting compound is the best I've used, much better than plaster of paris. ... Read more


    8. Mars 2020 Board Game

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    Asin: B00000ISUX
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Aristoplay
    Sales Rank: 1630
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (7)

    A Good Family Game
    We gave this to our daughter last Christmas. She's 9. It's one of the first games she wants to play on game nights. She's a good student, but not a genius by any means, yet still wins this game more often than her parents. She gets just the right mix of learning & play to make this a favorite game.

    Great Game
    Bought this for my 7 year old proto-astronaut... she loves it, she learns from it, and thanks to her lucky dice rolling, she usually beats me. Great game for kids interested in space/astronomy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a ball!
    Finally, here's a great family game that parents really can play with our kids--just enough luck and different levels of play to make it fun and exciting for everyone. Our oldest son plays on the top level (he knows all the questions by heart already) and my husband and I play on the middle level, while our two youngest play the non-question version (though our daughter is picking up a lot just by listening). The game isn't hard to learn and doesn't take too long. I wish there were more questions, but perhaps a booster box will come out soon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful game that challenges the whole family.
    It's best when we play as a whole family. This is a game that challenges all of us, including DAD!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A challenging fun way to learn about space
    My kids (9 yo boy and 11 yo girl) pulled this game off the shelf this summer and played it for 3 days in a row! With the varied levels of challenge, the whole family can play, and at the same time learn tons of facts about the exciting field of space exploration. The kids were answering questions better than I was! A creative way to educate, the kids and I give it a 2 thumbs up! ... Read more


    9. Polaris 50 AZ-P Telescope

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    Asin: B00004TCX2
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Meade Instruments
    Sales Rank: 14308
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    10. Butterfly Feeder

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    Asin: B000099Z90
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Insect Lore
    Sales Rank: 4533
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    11. Dinosaurs & Things Board Game

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    Asin: B00000IZCS
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Aristoplay
    Sales Rank: 1678
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    This board game, which can be played at four different levelsof complexity, is a good way to introduce young kids to prehistoriclife on earth. It's played a bit like Candyland: You roll a die andmove your fossil playing piece over colored spaces. Progress around theboard coincides with the extraordinary evolution of dinosaurs thatroamed the planet as far back as 570 million years ago. As the animalsadapt and change, players can land on squares that advance their path("Develop lungs. Swim ahead three spaces.") or hold them back ("Bittenby Plesiosaurus. Paddle back two spaces."). When you land on acreature, collect the matching creature cutout and place it on itsskeleton on your side of the board. The winning player is the first tocollect all nine of his or her allotted cutouts. (In more advancedlevels of the game, players have to answer questions about the dinosaurbefore collecting the cutout.) --Tom Keogh ... Read more

    Reviews (4)

    Great intro to science, history, and dinosaurs
    We first saw this game at the NAGC (National Assoc for Gifted Children) conference this year and were intrigued. Our son is 4 and loves to play the game. We have all learned so much about the different eras and the history of the dinosaurs. Definitely recommended for children interested in science and/or dinosaurs. The different levels of questions allow the game to grow with the child.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This game is cool!
    By combining a puzzle with a game we found this to be really fun to play. My kids wanted to play it again and were thrilled to be able to answer more questions the more they played. My youngest child even caught me from behind and ended up beating me! The reading,web site and museum list in the instructions was a great added bonus. I would recommend this for any one who likes dinosaurs.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Could be fun if it wasn't so long!
    I bought this for my daughter (age 4) for Christmas, and she was thrilled to be getting her own game, and about dinosaurs, no less! Unfortunately her enthusiasm (and mine, my almost 6 year old son's, my husband's, and my mother-in-law's) quickly died out as we played. It is advertised as similar to Candyland, which it is. But unlike Candyland, there are very few ways to change the order of the players--once someone gets out in front, they stay there. Even playing at Level 1, when you don't have to answer the questions, it is just too long. And as for the questions...well, there is one question card for each area on the board. On the card is a question for each color on the die. So if everyone rolls the same color (which did happen when we played), then everyone gets the same question. So basically, we are pretty disappointed with the game. The best part about it seems to be fitting the dinosaur puzzle pieces into each side of the board.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best part about this game is the multi-level ability.
    My son is 5 and enjoys Level 1, and as he gets older it will still be exciting because there's more to learn. ... Read more


    12. Microscope 8200

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    Asin: B00004TCX5
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Meade Instruments
    Sales Rank: 3341
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Teacher Review

    The marvels of the microscopic world around us are accessible tochildren over age 8 through this high-quality microscope made of metal and hardplastic. This model includes three rotating optical glass lenses and a 10xeyepiece for variable magnification power of 40x, 100x, and 400x. A rotatingdiaphragm and an adjustable small mirror underneath the instrument work tocontrol the lighting, and there is also an additional battery-powered light fordirect illumination (requires two AA batteries; not included). The focusingknobs and spring clips to hold slides are easy to use, and a clear directionsheet describes the microscope's use and care. A set of 10 slides is included:five prepared slides and five blank slides for individual experimentation. Amicroscope is a basic tool of scientific inquiry, and this sturdy, well-builtinstrument provides an excellent introduction to microbiology for any curiouschild or young adult. --Marcie Bovetz, mother and former children'slibrarian ... Read more

    Reviews (5)

    Don't go into the light ! With a Meade 8200
    This could be a very nice item for its intended use. However, a major drawback that would have me express concern to future buyers and recommend against its purchase has been mentioned before in these reviews. The light not only doesn't work, but the batteries fit loose with over 1/4" of play. This was apparently designed by a committee who could not decide whether to wire them in parallel or series because neither is complete. The whole mechanics of the light is dangerous to sell to the intended market as it can result in an 8 to 12 year old attempting to repair and wind up creating an excessive and dangerous amount of heat. Since "only" 40% of the buyers of the Meade 8200 have a problem with a crucial part of the microscope according to these reviews, it equates to a coin toss on receiving a Meade 8200 that is not defective. I would recommend caution to those whose light works and be aware of not leaving it on unattended. If the manufacturer left contacts and tension springs out of mine, et al, there may be workable ones that are inferior also. Since this was a gift for my niece I bought her a small light and a mirror to reflect to the microscope.

    No Problem with Mine
    We have not had a problem with the light or batteries. This microscope works as we expected and we have been very pleased with it. The quality of the images is very good. The manual is very easy to follow, even for my nine-year-old.

    Good Microscope
    We were just looking for a beginner scope but this looked like so much more for the price. The lighting really works well to view deatils. We have had fun as a family trying some of the slides suggested in the instructions.

    Wow! Got My Money's Worth!
    This microscope is not a toy. I would expect to pay more for this level of product. It feels solid out of the box and it is smooth in focusing and when switching powers. My daughter is having a great time exploring things around the house with this microcope.

    Careful! Bad design.
    The components of this microscope that generate the light from batteries started melting in its first application. The batteries got very hot. Upon inspection, the design is flawed. If used around children, be VERY CAREFUL. Meade is generally a very good company, but this item, manufactured in China, is flawed. ... Read more


    13. Butterfly Life Cycle Stages
    list price: $7.99
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    Asin: B000099Z95
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Insect Lore
    Sales Rank: 5803
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    14. Peoples of the Planet
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B00005LP2W
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Bioviva
    Sales Rank: 9181
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    Editorial Review

    Ever wonder what it would be like to play Trivial Pursuit with JulesVerne? Well, take a seat around Peoples of the Planet, the time-traveling triviagame that lets intrepid anthropologists tiptoe around the globe, answeringmultiple-choice questions culled from world cultures past and present. Playersattempt to assemble an "Explorer's Great Book of Ages" by correctly answeringone question in each of nine time periods, from 3 million years B.C. to Y2K.Querying whether fennel seeds in England circa 1084 were used for invincibility,a popcorn-like snack, or odor-eaters or whether that five-ton meteorite that hitRussia in 1888 dissolved, was eaten by the locals, or has since been coveredwith vegetation, the deck of 252 Exploration Cards amuse, amaze, and educate.Factor in the ingenious formula for movement of tokens (there are dice, but nogame board per se) and you'll be begging for a booster pack of question cards.Whether the subject is Mesopotamians or Manhattanites, Peoples of the Planet isout-of-this-world. --Tony Mason ... Read more


    15. Bioviva Boardgame About Nature and the Environment
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B00000J591
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Bioviva
    Sales Rank: 6285
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Although this game is about nature, Bioviva also manages to incorporate other layers of learningand strategy into its objective. Players move game pieces on a colorful and informative world map boardthat details Earth's diverse habitats. Players gain "Eco Points" by answering questions correctly. Naturetrivia questions are divided into categories, such as "temperate forests" and "tundra and polar regions." Allquestions are true, false or multiple choice. For example,"What is birch oil used for?" Answer: to treatcertain skin diseases. Or, "A tree produces more carbon dioxide than it consumes." Answer: false. The firstplayer to collect 12 Eco Points in various categories is the winner. This environmentally sound game haswon numerous awards, including Best New Talent 1997 from the International Toy Fair and Toy Oscar Award of the Year, 1998, Special Mention. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

    Reviews (5)

    Excellent for educating your child
    This game is not only a lot of fun and educational for the whole family, it will help your children to think independantly. In this world where journalists and media are afraid to disseminate the truth, we need more than ever to teach our children how to think and reason for themselves. Bioviva does that by helping young minds see the unobvious complex interelationship between all aspects of nature.

    Excellent on all fronts
    Excellent game. I've just finished playing with my nearly 9 year old and while I did beat her, it was pretty close. Definitely a game that can be played by a span of ages (very important in a household with two adults and kids ranging in age from 9 to 20!) without discouraging the younger ones or boring the older ones.

    4-0 out of 5 stars eco play = eco fun !
    this is the best I've ever played in my life! My family & friends just love it! We miss new questions, help!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best green board game yet!
    My family loves Bioviva! The questions are funny and informative, and the idea of travelling around the world to earn Eco-points and visiting natural areas instead of countries is an eye opener. The game itself is attractive, well-crafted and takes sustainable development (recyclable & made from recycled materials) into account. Bravo Bioviva!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Bioviva--a misuse of recycled materials
    We just opened the game last night to play as we awaited the new year. Everyone kept asking "are we done yet". The trivia questions were mostly uninteresting, and the gameboard, while appealing (in looks)really has little to do with the game itself. .... ... Read more


    16. Zome System Creator Kit

    Asin: B00000ISXB
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Zometool, Inc
    Sales Rank: 20374
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    The Zometool Creator Kit is an advanced construction system which allows building in 62 directions in space, using the same proportions found in growing cells, crystals, and other natural forms. Inquisitive minds will marvel and discover mathematical connections between space and the natural world. Capturing beauty and mystery, the Zometool Creator Kit encourages exploration of complex mathematical concepts through manipulating 968 pieces (struts and nodes), building relationships in space, and creating beautiful models. The colorful, sturdy plastic struts and nodes easily connect to holes with matching shapes, making it possible to engineer even intricate models with ease. Easy-to-follow, step-by-step, illustrated directions are included. The Zome System is used in schoolsworldwide--elementary through college--and by leading scientists, artists, mathematicians, engineers, and creative kids! Lesson plans for grades 1-12 are also available. The Zometool Creator Kit is a recipient of the Parent's Guide Children's Media Award. --Christine Aiken ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Zome System Creator Kit
    My son received this set for his eighth birthday. It was frustrating for him, as well as myself, at first as the rods have to really be pushed hard into the balls in order for your creations to not fall apart easily. Afer hours of working with the set we have found it to be truly contagious. He has made some really amazing "buildings" and never wants to dismantel them so the 900+ piece set is very handy to have. I have a hard time seeing the price value in this product. It appears to be a very inexpensive product to manufacture and it sells for a fairly steep price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Top's K-Nex by a long shot!! Incredibly easy!!
    Just an incredible set. The pieces are well shaped and fit together not only easily but logically, the pieces are color coded so there's no bending or frustration when they don't fit (like K-Nex) and the ball connectors are universal so you don't have to change them in order to add more.

    I recently experimented with this set and found it very entertaining and addictive, your creativity can just take off and there's no limit!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars What you get is more than you see.
    This construction set has been a staple in my elementary gifted classroom for nearly two years. The students love the creativity and impressive structures they can build. I love the fact that the materials require that you put a subtle twist into your thinking in order to succeed. But free-style construction is only the beginning! We have investigated the meaning and variations of tetrahedra, explored the shadows of student constructions, made bubbles that blow you away, and challenged one another to construction competitions. (Please don't tell my kids that they are learning!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very cool -- intricate and approachable
    Zome is a great step beyond knex -- at least as far as geometry and shape exploration. Very durable and well made!!! ... Read more


    17. Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys Magic Castle
    list price: $10.99
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    Asin: B00000ISQ6
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: ExploraToy
    Sales Rank: 3397
    Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    The Magic Castle Aquarium is small enough to hold in your hand, but large enough to provideshelter for a village of sea-monkeys. It all starts with a packet of dehydrated sea-monkey eggs. Once ahome has been prepared, stir in the eggs and watch them hatch right before your eyes. Their home isactually an underwater castle at the base of a clear container to which you add pure bottled or boiled water.Air holes at the rim of the container keep the water oxygenated. The set also comes with a water purifier,sea-monkey food, Amazing Plasma III (no one knows quite what that is), a measuring spoon, a largedroplet for agitating the water, a magnifying lid, and more. These sea-monkeys are guaranteed to live atleast two years, if properly cared for. The set is supplemented with a detailed instruction pamphlet and anorder form for the 32-page Official Sea-Monkey Handbook on the box. For children under 8 yearsof age, this kit will likely require parental assistance to set up. --Diane Beall ... Read more

    Reviews (42)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Fun and A Jolly Time
    My boyfriend and I remembered sea monkeys from when we were little, so we decided to purchase a Magic Castle set and what fun it is. I plan to get one for my desk at work. It is fun to watch them, they are really funny (even though they don't realize it) We put them on the bathroom window sill every morning to expose them to the morning air and the sun (not direct sunlight though). I love it and I recommend everyone to get some!

    They are o.k.
    I got some sea monkeys and was really excited to see them hatch and grow. They did grow and develop and they grew pretty big but they were kind of boring to watch. I wasn't really satisfied though. I knew and did take care of them as much as I could but the tank got really nasty and it was too gross and dirty to look at. I wasn't very satisfied and didn't get what I expected.

    I am SO a sea monkey breeder now!
    I LOVE sea monkeys now, and it's thanks to this set that I do. I've even got babies now! It is so much fun, and not a big deal to take care of. Some people might say, "Sea monkeys? Why? They're just dumb little fish! A total waste of money!" NNNOOOOTTT! Sea monkeys are brine SHRIMP, and they are extrememly active from the minute that they're born. (Lots of fun to watch)

    a fun project for kids and adults
    I bought my 5 year old daughter the "Sea-Monkys Magic Castle" for a reward. She has had so much fun watching them hatch and grow from tiny specs into full grown shrimp. She loves the fact that there is a castle in the tank. I like this product because it is small and compact, about the size of a snow globe. We followed the directions exactly, except we used tap water instead of bottled water. They still hatched!!!!! They are still growing and seem to be thriving. We aerate the tank everyday to give them some oxygen. My daughter liked her Sea-Monkeys so much we decided to buy some for her nana to have on her desk at work. If you want an inexpensive, low maintainance pet; Sea Monkeys are the way to go!!!!!

    Very Impressive
    Compared to other tanks with a higher price tag, the Magic Castle is a good choice for the beginner/enthusiest. The detail in the tank is intricate, and the kit includes multiple intruction manuals for the tank. This kit also includes Plasma III, which helps Sea Monkeys live a longer and happier life. The tank, being a cylinder, is harder to knock over than others, but a good "accidental" shove will send it to the floor. Overall, a good kit. ... Read more


    18. Edu Science Jr. Electric Lab

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    Asin: B00005CBH8
    Catlog: Toy
    Manufacturer: Toys "R" Us
    Sales Rank: 7181
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