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November 2007 New Toys — Science & Nature



Copper-Nickel Set by DOWLING MAGNETS
Copper-Nickel Set by DOWLING MAGNETS

Each set contains 25 super-small, super-powerful neodymium magnets. From science experiments to magic tricks to random creative play, these magnets present endless opportunities for exploring, experimenting and explaining. 11/5/2007 (Price: $9.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Electromagnet by DOWLING MAGNETS
Electromagnet by DOWLING MAGNETS

Kids can build a doorbell, a telegraph system and even a catapult, all using a true electromagnet. The kit includes a disc, latch and neodymium magnets, a compass, straws, wires, sandpaper, switch plates, wood screws, nails, light bulbs, battery holders, iron filings, pre-drilled wood blocks, light-emitting diode (LED) and an experiment and project book. 11/5/2007 (Price: $23.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Electric Motor/ Generator Kit by DOWLING MAGNETS
Electric Motor/ Generator Kit by DOWLING MAGNETS

Kids can explore electricity by building a motor/generator that actually powers a light bulb. The kit includes a disc, latch and neodymium magnets, a compass, wire, sand paper, a spring, paper clips, a pre-drilled wood block, iron cores, nuts, nails, screws, bolts, light emitting diode (LED), plastic plates and tubes and an experiment and project book. 11/5/2007 (Price: $23.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Magnet Levitation Kit by DOWLING MAGNETS
Magnet Levitation Kit by DOWLING MAGNETS

Kids can learn about equilibrium and magnetic fields while constructing a gravity-defying train. The kit includes a disc, ring, latch and neodymium magnets, standard and hi-force magnetic strips, plastic guide rails, a compass, iron filings, wood blocks, nails and an experiment and project book. 11/5/2007 (Price: $23.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Terra Magic – Blue/Silver Metallic by FASCINATIONS
Terra Magic – Blue/Silver Metallic by FASCINATIONS

The globe sits on a crystal base and smoothly revolves, simulating the natural rotation of the Earth. The globe is also available in either a classic or a geographical variety. Launch date: 2007. 10/17/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Rainbow In My Room™ by UNCLE MILTON INDUSTRIES INC.
Rainbow In My Room™ by UNCLE MILTON INDUSTRIES INC.

This device projects a brilliant rainbow right into one’s very own room. High-powered LEDs in a matrix of seven colors produce the rainbow image. A window prism disk is also included so that users can create natural rainbows using natural sunlight from outside. 10/11/2007 (Price: $29.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Celestial Globe by FASCINATIONS
Celestial Globe by FASCINATIONS

The Celestial Globe appears as Earth when in lit surroundings, and appears as a representation of the night sky when in dark surroundings. An advanced optical sensor automatically activates a beautifully illustrated constellation display as the room darkens. It is powered by a UL listed, low-voltage wall adapter. Launch date: 2007. 10/11/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Bubble Experiment Lab by TOYQUEST
Bubble Experiment Lab by TOYQUEST

This kit introduces kids to physics and chemistry through fun with bubbles. The Lab features a battery-powered fan and smoke generator which allow kids to create smoke filled bubbles, bubbles inside of bubbles, square bubbles and more. 10/2/2007 (Price: $34.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Build-It-Yourself Sundial by ROB WALRECHT PLANISPHERES
Build-It-Yourself Sundial by ROB WALRECHT PLANISPHERES

Kids can build their own sundials using this cardboard kit. The kit even comes with additional material to educate kids about sundials and they way they work. The 16-1/2” x 12” sundial is designed for the U.S. and Canada. Launch date: 2002. 10/2/2007 (Price: $2.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Build-It-Yourself Star Wheel by ROB WALRECHT PLANISPHERES
Build-It-Yourself Star Wheel by ROB WALRECHT PLANISPHERES

Kids can build their very own star wheel. This cardboard kit is a simplified version of the planisphere and measures 16-1/2” x 12”. There are two versions available: the STW-40, for 40° north (most of the USA) and the STW-50 (for the northern USA and Canada). Launch date: 2002. 10/2/2007 (Price: $2.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Tornado Maker by POOF-SLINKY INC.
Tornado Maker by POOF-SLINKY INC.

Create and watch an F1, F2, F3, F4 or F5 tornado form right before one’s eyes in one’s very own room. Lightning and thunderous tornado sounds are built-in. The kit also comes with a 35-page fun and fact booklet. 9/27/2007 (Price: $25.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

ScienceWiz™ - Energy: Join the Race to Save the Planet by SCIENCE WIZ / NORMAN & GLOBUS INC.
ScienceWiz™ - Energy: Join the Race to Save the Planet by SCIENCE WIZ / NORMAN & GLOBUS INC.

Both educational and fun, this kit addresses the global climate crisis and calls kids to action. The kit includes lab materials and a book written by Ph.D. scientist Penny Norman. A supercapacitor, a solar cell, two motors, an electric car, a flywheel generator and pure hydrogen are among the many materials included. 9/27/2007 (Price: $19.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

FOZEX Dig it Up! Excavation Kit Tyrannosaurus Rex by NEAR NATURE CORPORATION
FOZEX Dig it Up! Excavation Kit Tyrannosaurus Rex by NEAR NATURE CORPORATION

This kit includes a paleontological buried fossil and a full set of excavation tools including a mallet, a flat chisel, a point chisel, a brush and a sponge. “Dit It Up! excavation game is the only digging play-type dinosaur game that uses stone powder. Our dinosaur fossil is three times stronger than competitor's products. This makes Dig It Up! the only digging excavation game that could make layers simulating real paleontologist's action. The powdered gypsum that we use is toxic proof. We also use no lead material,” President Tony Sangvacharakul of Near Nature Corporation told TDmonthly. Launch date: June 24, 2007. 9/25/2007 (Price: $19.95)

GeoSafari 10-in-1 Electronic Lab by EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS INC.
GeoSafari 10-in-1 Electronic Lab by EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS INC.

Curious minds can investigate the magic of electricity through the distinctive and versatile 10-in-1 Electronics Lab. Young electronic engineers can build 10 different circuit projects with one unit, including a Morse code telegraph, a burglar alarm and a radio that really works. The 20-page illustrated project guide provides easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams, and the spring-coil construction means no tools or soldering are required. The lab requires a nine-volt battery, which is not included.
— "For boys 8 to 12, we steer a lot of them toward science. We have a lot of science kits that are fun, [such as] GeoSafari by Educational Insights," said Linda Hays, owner of Hopscotch Inc. in McMinnville, Ore.
— Michael Lanz, owner of Kiddy Corner in Ellington, Conn., said that “anything to do with science — science kits by Educational Insights,” will probably sell well during the holidays 2007.
— Two of 54 retailers predicted that science kits from Educational Insights will sell well for tween boys at Christmastime. 9/20/2007 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Starwatcher 525 Power Reflector Telescope #AE10756 by BARSKA
Starwatcher 525 Power Reflector Telescope #AE10756 by BARSKA

This reflector telescope is easy to set up and operate. It includes an altazimuth mount, slow motion altitude control, a red dot finderscope, a 3x Barlow lens, three eyepieces and free Deepsky Astronomy Software. Launch date: October 2007. 9/18/2007 (Price: $181.90) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Starwatcher 675 Power Reflector Telescope #AE10758 by BARSKA
Starwatcher 675 Power Reflector Telescope #AE10758 by BARSKA

This reflector telescope is easy to set up and operate. It includes an equatorial mount with setting circles and slow motion cables, an aluminum tripod, a red dot finderscope, a 3x Barlow lens, two eyepieces and free Deepsky Astronomy Software. Launch date: October 2007. 9/18/2007 (Price: $295.50) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

10" Safety Glo Butterfly Net by TWC OF AMERICA INC.
10" Safety Glo Butterfly Net by TWC OF AMERICA INC.

Kids can capture their favorite flutters while keeping an eye on the competition with these glow-in-the-dark butterfly nets. 9/6/2007 (Price: $9.99)

DeLuxe Snap Rover SCROV-50 by ELENCO
DeLuxe Snap Rover  SCROV-50 by ELENCO

With this deluxe version, kids can build their own RC Snap Rover using the colorful Snap Circuits parts that come with the kit. There is no soldering required; all the parts simply snap together with ease. Once the Snap Rover is completed, kids can navigate their surroundings with the easy-to-use remote control. The Deluxe features a disc shooter, a digital voice recorder, music sounds, a wireless microphone and more than 20 other experiments.
— "The Deluxe Snap Rover comes with remote control and can be navigated both forward and backward. It all snaps together with ease and comes with a full assembly manual,” said Walter Larsen, national sales manager for Elenco. 9/6/2007 (Price: $99.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Hydrolab - Model EDU-8740 by ELENCO
Hydrolab - Model EDU-8740 by ELENCO

Part of Elenco's Power Tech Series, the Hydrolab is a complete greenhouse system for cultivating plants and vegetables in an indoor environment, without soil, using a modern hydroponics system. The kit comes with a base, an adjustable translucent observation cover, four growing trays, a fertilizer tank, safe chemicals and bedding for propagating the growth of plants.
— Isis Latham, owner of Sugar Snaps Kids in Nashua, N.H., said in summer 2007 that Elenco is the best-selling line of science and nature toys in his store.
— Latham said he sells about 25 items in the Elenco line on a monthly basis.
— "The Hydrolab allows kids and adults to grow plants and vegetables indoors without the use of soil. It comes with everything one needs for a productive indoor growing environment," said Walter Larsen, national sales manager for Elenco. 9/6/2007 (Price: $19.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Jelly Stones (Smart Tube) by DUNECRAFT INC.
Jelly Stones (Smart Tube) by DUNECRAFT INC.

These amazing chips of rock are super-absorbent and can grow from the size of a small pebble to a large stone in a matter of minutes. This Jumbo Test Tube comes with three different primary colors to mix and create custom hues of Jelly Stones. Instructions, experiment ideas and scientific explanations behind the science are included. “Jelly Stones are able to absorb 200 times their volume of water and are completely reusable,” Dunecraft Inc. Public Relations Specialist Alicia Borley told TDmonthly. “Jelly Stones teach lessons on polymers, saturation, osmosis, polar molecules and more!” Launch date: 2006. 9/4/2007 (Price: $7.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Instant Solid Powder (Smart Tube) by DUNECRAFT INC.
Instant Solid Powder (Smart Tube) by DUNECRAFT INC.

Super-absorbent, this slush powder can absorb tap water and immediately solidify. The large Instant Solid Powder Smart Tube test tube comes with powder, three food-coloring tablets and lots of fun experiment and project ideas. “The Instant Solid Powder Smart Tube can absorb 200 to 300 times its weight in water and hold it in a gooey gel.” Dunecraft Inc. Public Relations Specialist Alicia Borley told TDmonthly. “Kids can learn all about osmosis, polymers, saturation and more with this exciting Smart Tube.” Launch date: 2006. 9/4/2007 (Price: $7.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Ivy Rock Garden by DUNECRAFT INC.
Ivy Rock Garden by DUNECRAFT INC.

This complete rock garden kit allows kids to grow lush, trailing Boston Ivy plants. These large, fast-growing and beautifully foiled plants hail originally from East Asia. Launch date: February 2007. 9/4/2007 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Witches' Woods by DUNECRAFT INC.
Witches' Woods by DUNECRAFT INC.

The mystical garden contains legendary witches’ plants used to make flying potions, ward off the Evil Eye, and more.  This terrarium kit comes with five color seed packs, witches' stakes, decals, glow in the dark bugs and more. “The included instruction manual contains information on growing, harvesting and using the plants, as well as in-depth information on [their] history and lore,” Dunecraft Inc. Public Relations Specialist Alicia Borley told TDmonthly.  Launch date: October 2006. 9/4/2007 (Price: $24.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Little Labs: Plants by THAMES & KOSMOS
Little Labs: Plants by THAMES & KOSMOS

Kids can learn how plants germinate from seeds, how they grow, what they need to grow, what they produce, how their roots, stems and leaves function and more. The set comes with an easy-to-follow, 16-page color manual. “All Little Labs guidebooks are written in both English and Spanish…[and] include simple pictorial instructions with just enough text to reinforce vocabulary and aid in language learning,” Christa Raimondo Cronin, customer service representative at Thames & Kosmos, told TDmonthly. Launch date: August 2007. 9/4/2007 (Price: $14.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Little Labs: Weather by THAMES & KOSMOS
Little Labs: Weather by THAMES & KOSMOS

With this kit, kids can safely investigate weather by conducting experiments on wind, rain, storms, clouds, rainbows evaporation, pressure and more. A 16-page, full-color  English and Spanish bilingual guidebook is included. “Designed to introduce the concept of experimentation to children ages 5-7, all Little Labs kits include simple pictorial instructions with just enough text to reinforce vocabulary and aid in language learning, as well as to advise parents and adult supervisors,” Christa Raimondo Cronin, customer service representative at Thames & Kosmos, told TDmonthly. Launch date: August 2007. 9/4/2007 (Price: $14.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

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