Spotlight: Inventive Toys
By Karen Mendez Smith
scientists of all ages (and upcoming science fair entrants) are
sure to be inspired by some of today’s highly inventive and
IT UP dinosaur set
child interested in dinosaurs (name one that isn’t!) will
really dig Spring
International’s DIG IT UP dinosaur
assembly and fossil excavation kits. Construct a WOOLLY
MAMMOTH skeleton (DIU-SV:3D-4, $79.95) or a 1/5 scale GIANT
T-REX SKULL (DIU-GK, $110.00) or experience one of 8 Dig
It Up Dinosaur sets ($39.95), where a fossil replica buried
in a plaster block is unearthed with simulated tools. Says Kin C.
Tong, “Even professional paleontologists find them fascinating.”
grade through high school students will find DISCOVER THE
WONDERS OF WATER by Creative
Teaching Associates makes a big splash, with 20 experiments
on the properties of water to spark creative spirits (6552, $6.95
or 6553, with board game, $26.95). Tried and true are EXPERIMENTS
WITH MAGNETS AND ELECTRICITY (6514) and PRIMARILY
PLANTS (7083, $18.95), among other science and technology
aids. Teachers will appreciate that they meet curriculum needs and
contain reproducible materials.
inventors ages 9+ will take like ducks to water to OWI,
Inc./Robotikits Direct Company’s AMPHIBIOUS
SOLAR VEHICLE (OWI 688, $39.95), a cool land-to-water vehicle
that shows kids first-hand the fundamentals
of solar power. More advanced students 10+ will be wowed by
HYPERLINE, a cyber bug with sonic light tracking ability
(OWI 973, $59.95). President Craig Morioka notes that, "Benefits
such as creativity, design, durability, ease of use, educational
value, and the accreditation of ‘100 Best Children's Products’
and ‘10 Best High Tech Products’ have all contributed
to consumers' belief in our products."
mechanical geniuses will gravitate to Appleheart’s
ANTOID ($49.95) and SOUNDTRACKER
($24.95) iBOTZ robotics kits. Elementary students,
especially, will relate to Appleheart’s MAPLESEED
COPTER. At only $5.95, it’s a real standout, and
includes a real maple seed.
pods by Dunecraft
cosmic, baby. Inquiring minds will quickly grow attached to Dunecraft’s
ODD PODS ($12.99). With over 20 varieties of cactus
seed including Star Cactus and Giant Saguaro,
this space-age sprouting greenhouse and planter will provide young
botanists with on-going interaction. Observes Grant Cleveland, President
of Dunecraft, “Toddlers, college students and senior citizens
alike seem to get a kick out of them.” Kids can have added
fun creating a personal moonscape and background.
get in the groove with Atollo’s
award-winning creative construction sets. Originated by Scottish
architect Donald McDonald and developed by his son Euan, building
with flexible, hinged joints allows for unlimited free-form design.
For maximum excitement, go for the ATOLLO 240,
a four-color 240-piece set (a240, $25.99).
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