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February 2012 | Vol. XI - No. 2
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MSRP: $18.99
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational



Safari Ltd.® offers a wide variety of vibrant, richly detailed educational posters that feature a diverse array of subjects. Some encourage the awareness of fundamental aspects of an animal's life, where others allow children to learn key scientific information on man fascinating topics. All are a perfect complement for lesson plans and are also ideal for any classroom wall. All posters are available non laminated, laminated in 3 mm plastic, rolled & sleeved or laminated rolled & sleeved. Featured poster is Prehistoric Marine Life Laminated. Size: 24" W x 36" H [61 x 91 cm]. Poster title is Multilingual. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33469      (added 1/13/2012)
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MSRP: $12.99
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Kits



Add a recycled magazine and two plastic bottles to this kit and blast a paper rocket up to 80 feet high. Exclusive to Toysmith in the U.S.
— In a January 2015 survey, 2 out of 10 retailers told TDmonthly that 4M, distributed in the US by Toysmith, was their best-selling brand of STEM toys.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33426      (added 1/4/2012)
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MSRP: $39.99
Age Range: 10 and up
Specialty: No
Made in: Canada
SKU or Item #: 6129
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Educational
Science & Nature



Sparkling crystals grow right before kids' eyes. Grow a collection of 13 sparkling crystal specimens in four colors: Emerald, Aquamarine, Citrine & Ruby. 5 Crystal Clusters; 4 Goedes; 4 Single Crystals.  Plus, kids will learn how to connect their own battery circuit. Contents: crystal growing chemicals, geode mold, casting plaster, crystal growing containers, lids, stirring rods, 48 page Space Age Crystals booklet, instructions, and a multicolor LED base.  Pack size: 17" x 11 ½" x 2 ¼". Launch date: September 2011.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33324      (added 12/12/2011)
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MSRP: $27.99
Age Range: 7 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: SL11769
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Animal Figures



Featuring five squishy innards-including a tongue-this anatomically correct model of the king of dinosaurs will amaze and enlighten through a journey of building and fun.  The Squishy T. rex has detailed anatomy, inside and out, with removable squishy organs.  Kids learn all about the T. rex through the accompanying book, The Mighty T. rex by Dennis Schatz. Launch date: September 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33310      (added 12/9/2011)
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MSRP: $39.99
Age Range: 5 to 12
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: WH-925-1145
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Licensed Products



Ms. Frizzle and her students take Young Scientists on a wild ride with The Magic School Bus as they explore slime and polymers. Young Scientists take polymers out of milk, make slime, create goop, produce a snow eruption, melt snow, grow super-absorbent flowers, germinate seeds in polymers, perform a polymer trick, dehydrate polymers, and more. This gooey bus-shaped kit comes packed with science components, 20 colorful experiment cards, a data notebook to record observations, and 10 containers of polymers including super balls, rainbow beads, snow, and gel crystals. "The bus-shaped packaging is unique and comes packed with lots of polymers and activity cards," Esther Novis, president of The Young Scientists Club, told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33301      (added 12/9/2011)
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MSRP: $12.99
Age Range: 7 to 12
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Educational
Science & Nature



Kids discover what makes the weather happen and how to predict what's ahead. Activities include making equipment to measure rainfall, wind direction and speed, humidity, and barometric pressure; recording measurements and observations in a Weather Log; and simulating weather events to demonstrate the science behind them. From foggy mornings to sunny afternoons to our changing seasons, weather forecasting is a year-round, practical science that children will have fun learning about. Perfect for budding meteorologists and science lovers. Launch date: January 28, 2017.
— In a December 2011 survey Mary Porter Green, owner of The Curiosity Zone in Ashton, Va., told TDmonthly, "We sell a lot of the science and craft books from Ideals Books - such as Science Play and Weather Forecasting. They are brightly colored with great graphics on the covers and full of simple projects for kids."           
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33267      (added 12/6/2011)
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Age Range: 10 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational



Kids can explore chemistry as they cook up candies and chocolates in the kitchen. Users will perform a number of sweet experiments and learn important physical science principles related to candy and cooking. Discover why sugar crystallizes to make rock candy. Learn about specific heat and the phases of matter by molding chocolates. Use a thermometer and learn about heat and temperature while boiling sugar. Gain experience with measurements and conversions, volumes, and weights. Investigate the chemistry of gummy bears. Learn about the mysterious phenomenon of triboluminescence with wintergreen candies. Make gummy candies, chocolate shapes, and hard sugar candy using the special tools included: plastic and metal molds, candy thermometer, spatula, dipping fork, and more. Finish them with foils, paper cups, sticks, and wrappers. The 48-page, full-color manual provides instructions and explanations. Does not contain hazardous chemicals or food items; users supply the safe ingredients from their kitchen. Launch date: Summer 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33497      (added 1/20/2012)
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MSRP: $16.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Science & Nature
Educational



During an ordinary visit to the library, a girl pulls a not-so-ordinary book from the shelves. As she turns the pages in this book about coral reefs, the city around her slips away and she finds herself surrounded by the coral cities of the sea and the mysterious plants and animals that live, hunt, and hide there.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33220      (added 11/23/2011)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Science & Nature
Eco-Friendly



It's easy to turn old paper into custom-made new paper. Take any type of paper, add water, and grind away. Place pulp on the screen, press and let it dry. Easy, simple way to recycle paper while creating greeting cards, bookmarks, tags, announcement and more. Grinder, screen plus ribbons and jewels for decorating.
— In a November 2013 survey, Linda Graham, president and co-owner of Scheffel's Toys, Inc in Jacksonville, Ore., told TDmonthly that Small World science kits are among her store's best-selling educational products.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33204      (added 11/18/2011)
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MSRP: $64.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational



Kids can view more than 180 amazing, up-close images with the Talking Electron Microscope. They can view various zoomed versions of 60 images and hear 5 fun facts about each image in Learning Mode – then switch to Quiz Mode and test their knowledge. Images include the human body, viruses and bacteria, plants, animals, and other “stuff.”
Awards: National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33201      (added 11/18/2011)
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MSRP: $32.99
Age Range: 8 to 15
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational



Space Exploration Mobile is a ceiling-mount mobile for kids intrigued by outer space and the history of space exploration. This fully motorized Space Exploration Mobile features rotating, realistic models of eight historic spacecraft: Sputnik, Mercury, Soyuz, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle and Mir Space Station. The colorful Earth globe lights up, and the mobile includes an infrared remote and educational booklet. Space exploration mobile requires four AA and two AAA batteries (not included).
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33194      (added 11/17/2011)
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