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Catalog of Science Toys

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4M Crystal Growing Experiment


List Price:
Lowest New Price:$11.79
Rank:161
Description:
Teach children about the beauty and complexity of crystal growth with the 4M Crystal Growing Experiment. This science kit contains all the materials needed to perform seven different crystal growth experiments. A special display case is included to admire the crystals once they are fully grown. Perfect for young science enthusiasts, especially those with an interest in geology. Complete instructions for each experiment are included with the kit. Recommended for ages 10 years and up.

Scientific Explorer Mind Blowing Science Kit


List Price:$23.99
Lowest New Price:$14.94
Rank:140
Description:
Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit is your junior chemist’s introduction to the world of scientific exploration. Learn the basics of science from chemical reactions to the use of science tools. With mind blowing experiments such as creating a sunset in a test tube and making a color-changing volcano, children will love learning fascinating facts about their natural world and this kit will keep them engrossed with interactive experiments. Includes Red cabbage powder, citric acid, baking soda, 3 color tablets, crosslinked polyacrylate copolymer, vegetable oil, corn starch, 2 cotton swabs, 3 test tubes with stand, 3 plastic cups, pipette, 2 sticks, 2 measuring scoops and activity guide. Recommended for children 6 years of age and older with adult supervision.

Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science Kit


List Price:$12.27
Lowest New Price:$12.20
Rank:2784
Description:
Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science is the grossest, most revolting kit available that will educate your child with nasty experiments on what actually grows on their own body, what's really in their teeth and the explanations behind our unmentionable, smelly bodily functions. Disgusting Science investigates your child's everyday questions like "What makes you pass gas?", "Do creatures really live on me?", "Why do your feet really stink?" and more. Your young scientist will be fascinated to learn fun facts about these body parts, by-products and will be grossed out as they take science to a whole new level by creating a stinky intestine, slimy snot, fake blood and learn how to grow friendly molds and bacteria. Recommended for children 8 years of age and older with adult supervision.

AMSCOPE-KIDS Microscope Kit


List Price:$39.98
Lowest New Price:$39.98
Rank:
Description:

The AmScope M30-ABS-KT2-W beginner compound microscope has a monocular viewing head with LED and mirror illumination, a built-in color-filter wheel, a forward-facing rotating turret with 300x, 600x, and 1200x magnification, and a white metal frame. The monocular viewing head has LED and mirror illumination and a built-in color-filter wheel for viewing a variety of specimen types. Coaxial coarse focus eases use for young users and has a rack-and-pinion focus mechanism for precise focusing. The plain stage has stage clips that secure the slide or specimen in place during viewing. The white metal frame is durable and stain-resistant. The microscope comes with a 52-piece accessory kit with brine shrimp eggs and hatchery, and a hard-sided plastic carrying case. The LED light is powered by two AA batteries (included).

Specifications
HeadMonocular
Magnification300x, 600x, 1200x
StagePlain
FocusCoaxial coarse
Light sourceLED and Incidental
PowerAA batteries (2)

Microscopes are instruments used to enhance the resolution of an object or image. Types include compound, stereo, or digital. Compound microscopes use a compound optical system with an objective lens and an eyepiece. Stereo microscopes show object depth in a three-dimensional image. Digital microscopes are used to display an image on a monitor, rather than looking through a lens. Microscopes can have monocular (one), binocular (two), or trinocular (three) eyepieces, with varying magnification abilities. Magnification ability refers to the size of an image. Resolution, also known as resolvant power, refers to the clarity of the image. The interaction between field of view (FOV), numerical aperture (NA), and working distance (WD) determines resolution. Microscopes can control magnification through a fixed focus, or through a range of adjustments. They can also utilize LED, fluorescent, and mirror light sources to help control viewing capabilities. Microscopes are widely used in education, lab research, biology, metallurgy, engineering, chemistry, manufacturing, and in the medical, forensic science, and veterinary industries.

United Scope manufactures microscopy equipment and accessories under the brand name AmScope. The company, founded in 1996, is headquartered in Irvine, CA.

What's in the Box?

  • AmScope M30 microscope
  • Shrimp hatchery
  • Brine shrimp eggs
  • Specimen slicer
  • Petri dish
  • Plastic tweezers
  • Plastic scalpel
  • Plastic spatula
  • Needle
  • Plastic stirring rod
  • Graduated cylinder
  • Eosin
  • Gum media (bottle)
  • Sea salt
  • (5) Prepared slides
  • (7) Blank slides
  • (7) Slide covers
  • (7) Statistical slide covers
  • (7) Slide labels
  • (2) Collecting vials
  • (2) AA batteries
  • Spare LED bulb
  • Plastic carrying case

4M Magnet Science Kit


List Price:$32.99
Lowest New Price:$12.50
Rank:2173
Description:
Teach children about the invisible power of magnetism with the 4M Magnet Science Kit. The Magnet Science Kit teaches young scientists about the effects of magnetism through a combination of fun science experiments and games. The kit contains materials to make interactive magnetic objects like the Super Power Horseshoe Magnet and the Magnet Wand. Construct Super Magnet Racer, a Yacht Compass, or a Mysterious Dangler. Activities like the Fishing Game provide hours of fun and provide hands-on learning about the effects of magnetism. Recommended for ages 8 years and up.

Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit


List Price:$21.99
Lowest New Price:$10.85
Rank:155
Description:
LEGO Chain Reactions is packed full of ideas, instructions, and inspiration for 10 LEGO machines that spin, swing, pivot, roll, lift, and drop. Each machine alone is awesome, but put them together and you get incredible chain reactions. Then, combine the machines in any order you like to create your own chain reactions. Our team of experts worked with educators and 11-year-olds to invent the machines, then wrote a book that teaches the skills (and some of the physics behind the fun) kids need to create their own amazing chain reaction machines.

Our book includes 33 special LEGO elements that combine with basic bricks from your collection to make your machines go. But don’t worry that you won’t have the right bricks; we worked with the folks at LEGO to make sure you’ll need only the most common bricks, and that there are plenty of substitutes. The result is a chain reaction of fun, as one thing leads to another… and another… and another.

Comes with: 78 page book, 33 LEGO elements, 6 LEGO balls, 6 feet of string, 8 paper ramps, 2 paper pop-up signs, 1 paper funnel ramp, 1 paper flag, 1 paper bucket, 1 platform

4M Kitchen Science Kit


List Price:
Lowest New Price:$5.80
Rank:2010
Description:
Convert your kitchen into a science lab with the 4M Kitchen Science Kit. Perform six different science experiments using common kitchen ingredients. Generate electricity using a lemon, launch a rocket with vinegar, write invisible messages, and more. This kit is ideal for science enthusiasts of all ages. Complete instructions for each experiment are included with the kit. Recommended for ages 8 years and up.

Primary Science Lab Set


List Price:$18.94
Lowest New Price:$12.40
Rank:1321
Description:
Experiment and explore with real science tools, perfectly sized for little hands. This colorful set encourages early hands-on science investigations at the kitchen table. 12-pieces include: beaker, magnifying glass, funnel, test tubes and more, all made of durable plastic. Also includes activity guide and cards with fun, easy-to-do experiments.

Scientific Explorer Magic Science Kit for Wizards Only


List Price:$23.99
Lowest New Price:$8.00
Rank:371
Description:
Scientific Explorer Magic Science for Wizards Only Kit is the perfect gift for the curious child who wants to master magic. Anyone can learn and perform a magic trick, but a true master magician understands the basics of how magic works and can take that knowledge and create original tricks! Magic Science contains nine activities that teach boys and girls tricks using chemical reactions, which can be applied to future stunts! Create your own wizard wand to cast spells, make your own magic hat, make ordinary powders mystically foam and change color, create your own test tube crystal ball and more! Includes Citric acid (3oz.), Baking Soda (2oz.), Vegetable oil (2oz.), Cross-linked polyacrylate. copolymer (1oz.), Red cabbage juice powder (0.25oz.), Zinc sulfide (0.07oz.), 12 color tablets, 4 test tubes with a stand, 1 wizard wand with 2 caps, 1 small scoop, 1 medium scoop, 1 sheet of star stickers, 1 sheet of purple paper and 1 science and activity guide. Recommended for children 6 years of age and older with adult supervision.

Be Amazing Toys Big Bag Of Science +70 Activities


List Price:$39.99
Lowest New Price:Too low to display
Rank:4687
Description:
Springboard into the exciting world of science with the Big Bag of Science kit. This kid's science kit is created for kids 8 years and older to perform more than 70 science projects that allow them to explore educational science principles while having fun. The kit comes with the key tools and safe chemicals to get your young scientist having fun with science right out of the bag. Some of the favorite activites in this kit include growing jelly crystals, making a rainbow in a tube, whipping up a batch of quicksand, making slime and more.

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