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Forces Of Nature: Science Toys are Fun2
By Karen Mendez Smith
May 1, 2003


 


Kyp Henn Sales’ Solar Science Lab

Thames and Kosmos’ Powerhouse

The world of science toys offers kids a mind-boggling array of mysteries without having to plumb the depths of the library or the laboratory.

Sun-sational

Thrill seekers of all ages will find out just what it takes to survive on a desert island with Thames and Kosmos’ Powerhouse: Alternative Energy Model House Kit ($150.00). Thirty experiments allow young scientists to try everything from desalinizing water or cooking in a solar oven to exploring energy from the sun, wind and plants. Also powered by the sun is Kyp Henn Sales’ Solar Science Lab ($29.98) with a solar-powered motor, radiometer, color-changing beads and, just for fun, nature print photo paper.


Orion Electronic Imaging Eyepieces

Star Quality

Scouting the skies could easily become an obsession with professional Cassegrain, Dobsonian, Reflector, Refractor, sporting scopes and binoculars from Orion Telescopes and Binoculars. Especially useful to budding astronomers is the Electronic Imaging Eyepiece (color - $119, B&W - $64.95), which allows kids to display their scope’s images on a television screen.

On Safari

For kids whose interests lie a little closer to home, hands-on museum-quality nature toys, animal replicas, and science kits from Safari, Limited offer an abundance of exploration with their insect, dinosaur and sea life collections. We like the glass Fingerboiler Pen ($2.50), which “boils” from the heat of your grip and the Tiny Tornado ($4.50), which creates a real tornado cloud with just a twist of the wrist. Both toys are suitable for ages six and up.


Skullduggery’s Eyewitness Kits™

Get Diggy With It

Skullduggery’s Eyewitness Kits™ line of construct-your-own dinosaurs and animals ($12.95) are a graphic, tactile way of studying our ancient past. Their collection of extinct skulls and museum-quality replicas range from $125 to $300. The Museumworks line, also from Skullduggery, brings us the T-Rex Tooth Kit, which allows kids to cast an impressive Tyrannosaurus bicuspid. At $14.95 it won’t take a big bite out of Mom’s wallet, and it’s a great way to wow ‘em at show-and-tell.


Flip N Flyer Gyroscopic Flying Disc

Out-of-Sight

Is it a glow-in-the-dark alien space craft? A horizontal yo-yo? A floating double-sided Frisbee? A team sport? Summer’s almost here, and the Flip N Flyer Gyroscopic Flying Disc ($9.95) from Stellar Toys will find picnic players having so much fun with this toy they might even question the laws of physics.



Writer's Bio: Karen Mendez Smith has been involved in children's media for over twenty years as a literary agent, writer, and creator of animated television and film. Co-founder of Satori Organics and M/Path Press, she is a parent to eight children and five incredible grandchildren (and counting).


 
 

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