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MSRP: $4.49
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational



Just add water and watch these little clear and colored beads grow into giant jelly marbles. Before soaking, sort the different colors and ask science questions like “How are these alike, and how are they different?” Will the different colors grow to different sizes? Try it and see! Afterward, kids can have lots of fun playing with their experiments. Find a water-safe surface and play the slimiest game of marbles in town, or try them out as new jelly bouncy ball. Kids can even try to grow the amazing spheres in different liquids, like milk, vegetable oil, or salt water. Use a notebook and record hypotheses and observations.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34015      (added 3/26/2012)
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MSRP: $9.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Tween



Kids will explore the magic of crystal chemistry as they design and grow their own crystal ring. They will discover the secrets of crystal chemistry, learn to make sugar jewels and find out which household salts make the best crystals using the included magnifying glass to study them. Launch date: 2012.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33671      (added 2/13/2012)
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MSRP: $10.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Animal Figures
Science & Nature
Collectibles



Each mini figure is carefully sculpted and finely painted by hand to ensure optimum quality for years of learning fun. For added play value these collections are packaged in a reusable acetate tube. Figures range in size from 1" to 3". All figures are phthalate and lead free to ensure your child's safety. These tiny yet highly detailed figures depict real venomous creatures from around the world. Toob® includes a Cane Toad, a Yellow-Belllied Sea Snake, a Bat Ray, a Komodo Dragon, a Brown Tarantula, a Giant Centipede, a Fat-Tailed Scorpion, a Stone Fish and a Common Indian Cobra.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 32526      (added 6/30/2011)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Science & Nature
Educational



With The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy, kids can explore the universe without leaving the comfort of their backyard. This galactic tool kit has everything kids need: a build-it-yourself telescope, a night-sight flashlight, star and moon maps, a no-batteries-required sundial, a mariner’s quadrant to steer by the stars, tons of intergalactic activities, and more.
Awards: TDmonthly Top Toy Award, June 2011
— Why it won: Who knew you could build a telescope with a book? Everything needed to create a spyglass for space is contained within the Guide to the Galaxy's pages. There are lots of facts about the universe, plus other projects that kids can build to help navigate this world and others. It's a great gift that will appeal to both boys and girls.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 32074      (added 4/6/2011)
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MSRP: $29.95
Age Range: 6 to 12
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: DCSAMBER
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
General Toys



Polish real amber to reveal the hidden treasures that may be trapped within. Just like the paleontologists in the movie Jurassic Park, kids will create a window back in time. Follow the simple instructions and peer into the real amber pieces in search of ancient bugs and plants that were alive during the time of the dinosaurs. This fun activity kit contains 5 real pieces of amber, 6 special grades of gemstone quality sandpaper, magnifying glass, adventure booklet, and an amber-colored key chain with a genuine scorpion inside. Launch date: 2012.
Awards: 2012 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval; 2012 Product of the Year - Informal Education Products

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31776      (added 3/1/2011)
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Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Candy & Food
Novelties
Science & Nature



These miniature ice cream makers take three minutes to turn ingredients (sugar, milk cream, water, and anything else like to add like nuts, raisins, or candy) into an iced confection. There's no motor or batteries...the only energy required is a little vigorous shaking. Simply place ice cubes and salt into the lower part of the cup, and fill the top with sweetened juice, milk or cream. Fasten the lid and shake. The salt quickly melts the ice, which makes the aluminum plate super-cold, turning the liquid into ice cream, ice milk, or sorbet. Available in assorted animal characters (polar bear, cat, seal, dog, penguin)

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31750      (added 2/22/2011)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



This small aquarium comes with "live" gravel filled with beneficial bacteria, which means that no external filter is required. Snails and African Dwarf Frogs are included, and a one-year food supply is available.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30402      (added 9/2/2010)
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Age Range: 5 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Novelties



This tranquil kinetic sculpture features "magic" jellyfish that bob and swim through a stylish mini-aquarium. The product includes multi-colored LED lighting, a "magic fish" bag, "magic fish" food, two plastic containers, a spoon, a siphon, a magnifer and instructions. It measures 9.7” x 7.3” x 2.5.”

Where to buy:
NORTH WEST
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28942      (added 6/16/2010)
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Age Range: 5 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Educational
Science & Nature



This kinetic sculpture features an underwater volcano. The product includes motion Beads, multi-colored LED lights, an A/C Pump and a power adapter. It measures 9.7" x 7.3" x 2.5."

Where to buy:
NORTH WEST
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28941      (added 6/16/2010)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Kits
Electronics



The 44 pieces in this kit from Elenco Electronics include a miniature motor and a working solar panel. Children can assemble six different machines and watch their creations come to life while learning how the energy in sunlight converts to powerful electricity. A detailed instruction manual is included with the kit.
― “I can't keep those in stock,” remarked Casey Sartain, buyer for Tutoring Toy in Salt Lake City, Utah, of Elenco's 6-in-1 Solar Kit. Sartain listed the 6-in-1 Solar Kit as his best-selling activity kit during an April 2010 survey of 48 storeowners.
— In a Fall 2013 survey, Kim Emigh, manager of e-commerce at Growing Tree Toys in State College, Pa., told TDmonthly that this solar kit is one of their best-selling science toys.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28662      (added 5/26/2010)
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MSRP: $49.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
General Toys



These robotic creatures behave like real bugs. Kids can go online to register and track their Nano collections. Additional bugs, track, habitats, carrying cases and more are available separately.
— Five of 40 retailers told TDmonthly in June 2010 that the Hexbug is a top-selling product. In July 2010, 11 percent of 38 retailers named Hexbugs an overall top seller.
— In a June 2010 survey, two of 40 retailers told TDmonthly Hexbugs are a top-selling gift for boys ages 4 to 12.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28518      (added 5/14/2010)
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MSRP: $25.99
Age Range: 10 and up
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Animal Figures



The 4D Vision Dolphin Anatomy Kit from Tedco Inc. includes 18 detachable parts, display platform and illustrated guidebook. A transparent cutaway design shows the inner details of the dolphin's anatomy. Launch date: 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28149      (added 4/21/2010)
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MSRP: $25.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Animal Figures



This 4D Vision Frog kit from Tedco Inc. has 31 detachable organs and body parts with finely detailed sculpting and hand-painted parts. A display platform and illustrated guide book are included.  Launch date: 2010.
Product Features:
    * Anatomically-correct model
    * 31 organs and body parts
    * Includes display stand and assembly guide
    * Museum quality model
    * 5.5" long

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28148      (added 4/21/2010)
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MSRP: $49.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Gender: Boys and Girls
Category: Science & Nature



This ant habitat lets kids see all the inner workings of an ant colony. The Antosphere allows for children to connect and customize their own anti-gravity ant colony at home. The package contains eight pods, three bases and 18 supports.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28057      (added 4/16/2010)
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Designed as a realistic replica of the Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake, this serpent's moves can be dictated by the remote. It flicks its tongue and rattles its tail while on the move. The product requires 4 AA and a 9V battery (not included).
Awards: Creative Child Magazine Toy of the Year 2010

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27804      (added 3/30/2010)
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MSRP: $12.00
Age Range: 7 and up
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
School Supplies



This 4D educational biology series includes kits on human anatomy, cell and plant biology, and animal figures complete with anatomical guide. Tedco's 4D Vision Anatomy Kits expand to include cross-section models of Sea Life and Mammals. Launch date: 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27786      (added 3/30/2010)
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MSRP: $6.99
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: EGK
Launch Date: March 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Kits
Science & Nature



The Easter Grass-kit offers an eco-friendly, all-natural alternative to wasteful plastic grass. It's designed as a fun and educational activity for parent and child to enjoy together in anticipation of the holiday. Each kit contains enough materials for two medium baskets of real grass. Recommended growth time is seven to 10 days. Launch date: March 5, 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27579      (added 3/15/2010)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Kits



On this latest Magic School Bus ride, Ms. Frizzle and her students take Young Scientists back in time with the dinosaurs through these marvelous experiments. Young Scientists create a timeline, design a diorama, build a wooden dinosaur replica, make cast and mold fossils, mold clay dinosaur teeth, simulate a dino dig, fold 3D dinosaurs, and much, much more.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27131      (added 2/15/2010)
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MSRP: $12.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Licensed Products



The Clone Trooper Recon Kit helps kids find bugs and more, using the included tools — a soil sifter, a magnifier and a special reconnaissance tool. They can even explore in the dark with the built-in searchlight. Once an interesting life form has been found, the kit transforms to an insect viewer to examine the specimen.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27080      (added 2/14/2010)
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MSRP: $12.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Licensed Products



Children discover the science of light and optics as they build their own miniature, 8.25”-long version of the lightsaber used by Anakin Skywalker. A choice of four different colored crystals customizes the lightsaber. There are two lenses (focusing and wide-angle) to demonstrate the principles of optics.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27079      (added 2/14/2010)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Licensed Products



The final challenge in becoming a Jedi Knight is to build one’s own lightsaber. With the Remote Controlled Lightsaber Room Light, young Padawans can construct their own Jedi lightsaber and mount their creation as a room light on the wall. Eight color effects let kids personalize their lightsaber, and a wireless remote control turns the light on and off. During construction, kids learn about the electronics that make a lightsaber work.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27078      (added 2/14/2010)
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MSRP: $79.95
Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: KIT-1
Launch Date: February 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Magic Sets
Novelties



This product consists of a toy polariscope and soft flexible models that show beautiful prismatic rainbow colors when touched, bent or stretched and viewed under polarized light. Other contents include a prism, bell, magnifying glass, magnets, origami cellophane and adhesive tape in dispenser for amazing rainbow art, and ambiguous shapes of Black Glossy Cardboard for experiments with Brewster's angle and for stimulating the imagination. Instructions brochures and a Book of Science provide many activities for adventures with light and photoelasticity. "This is the first and only toy polariscope and the first toy based on photoelasticity. The toys are soft and flexible and provide the experience of magically causing brilliant rainbow colors to appear and move around within them with manipulation under polarized light. Other adventures involving origami cellophane and rainbow art with tape are also unique," Pamela Saha, Vice President, Biomedical Research and Services, Inc. (as Glitterins), told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 10, 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26929      (added 2/4/2010)
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MSRP: $3.49
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



These African dwarf frogs are sold individually, to be added to a self-sustaining Wild Creations eco-aquarium.
— The eco-aquariums were top sellers at the end of 2009 at RoundTable Toys in Winterville, N.C., according to David Davis, owner.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26769      (added 1/25/2010)
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MSRP: $33.98
Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: 00067259000070
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Science & Nature



Heavy duty rock tumbler changes rough stones into beautiful, high-luster semi-precious gemstones. Make jewelry with settings included in this set. U.L. Listed.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26203      (added 11/25/2009)
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MSRP: $10.95
Category: Gifts
Science & Nature
Novelties



Deep black with subtle green sparkles, this slightly stiffer Thinking Putty has a mind of its own. Near a powerful magnet it comes alive! Strong enough to defy gravity. It can even lift tacks and paperclips on its own after charging in a magnetic field. One would be mesmerized by the invisible forces at play.
— Candace Gooch, owner of At Once All Agog in Limerick, Maine, told TDmonthly in July 2010 that this product is one of her top-three best sellers. She cited sales of 12 in the last month and three in the last week.
— In a late Summer 2012 survey, three out of 12 retailers said Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty was their bestselling novelty item. Richard Gibson, owner of Learning Express of Newton in Newton, Mass., told TDmonthly that the putty brings in $5-6,000 a year, and "the best is the magnetic one."
— In a Fall 2013 survey, three out of 12 retailers told TDmonthly that Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty was their best-selling novelty toy.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26128      (added 11/19/2009)
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MSRP: $15.99
Age Range: 8 to 15
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Robotics
Eco-Friendly
Science & Nature



The Green Science - Soda Can Robug is an imaginative way for children to explore mechanics and electricity. The kit includes a plastic mechanic body, wire wings, wire legs, motor with wires, screws and detailed instructions.
— In a Fall 2013 survey, Gary Green, owner of Toy Box of Asheville Inc in Asheville, N.C., told TDmonthly that the Soda Can Robug from Toysmith was one of their best-selling science toys.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25673      (added 10/20/2009)
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The Gyro-discs spin up to 1000 rpm. Just hold the 11" metal ring and strike the smaller, colored discs. As you rotate the ring, the discs begin spinning faster and faster, like mini-gyroscopes. At first, the challenge is to keep all the discs spinning. Once you can do this, there are several tricks and stunts to master.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24615      (added 7/16/2009)
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MSRP: $49.99
Category: Science & Nature
Play Carpet



This 18'-long Giant Evolution Timeline Play Mat displays 600 million years of evolution with weird ancient creatures, fun facts and activities. It collapses to the size of a coffee-table book. The mat is lightweight, durable and environmentally friendly. It was named one of Dr. Toy's 10 Most Socially Responsible Products of 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23827      (added 5/21/2009)
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MSRP: $29.99
Category: Science & Nature



Our 12-foot-long Giant Evolution Timeline Poster displays 600 million years of evolution with colorful ancient creatures, fun facts and plenty of awesome activities! With the same great graphics as the floor mat, this poster version is just as engrossing for kids. Includes 12-page Activity Guide. Retails for $29.99.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23825      (added 5/21/2009)
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MSRP: $19.99
Category: Science & Nature
Educational



This deck of large illustrated cards includes one card for all 67 creatures on the Giant Evolution Timeline. Each card includes an illustration, creature name and pronunciation, size comparison figure, paragraph of fun facts, and more. Great alone or in combination with the Giant Evolution Timeline Play Mat or Poster. Retails for $19.99.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23824      (added 5/21/2009)
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MSRP: $35.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



The Dangerous Book for Boys: Electronics presents information on electronics every child should know through fun, engaging, and impressive experiments and activities. Children ages eight and up learn how to construct simple electronic toys, such as a joy buzzer and insect.  It comes with a 32-page, full-color experiment manual and retails for $35.95. Launch date: Fall 2009.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23130      (added 3/31/2009)
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MSRP: $16.99
Age Range: 4 and up
SKU or Item #: 77000
Launch Date: May 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
General Games



This game includes an inflatable globe with more than 270 animals printed on it. The point of the game is to locate the animal using a variety of clues. Children 4 and up can play up to four levels. Level 1 starts by identifying an animal's silhouette in among one of six sections of the globe. With the highest level, the player is only given a verbal description of the animal. "Everyone is able to play given that the game has different levels of difficulty," Shantel Cartwright, in sales and marketing for TEDCO Toys, told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23123      (added 3/31/2009)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: ROLLE1
Launch Date: May 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Puzzles & Skill
Novelties



The base of the Rolling Earth Puzzle Bank is a savings bank with a screw-on cover. The Earth Globe is a puzzle. Place the globe on the base and nothing happens; however, place the magnetic jet airliner on the equator and the globe begins to turn as the jet circumnavigates the Globe. It runs on 4 AA batteries and comes assorted with light blue and dark blue globes. "People will be amazed by the simplistic magnetic science that makes the Earth turn. The motion is mesmerizing as the plane moves around the globe," Richard B. Freeman, VP of domestic sales for Fascinations Toys & Gifts, told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23101      (added 3/31/2009)
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MSRP: $34.95
Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: 663513
Launch Date: July 1905
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



Global warming — the steady increase in Earth’s air and ocean temperatures since the mid-20th century — is one of the most discussed and studied topics in the scientific community today. This kit introduces you to Earth’s climate and the issue of global warming with 23 hands-on experiments. This kit gives you the basic knowledge you need to understand the climate, why it changes, and how our actions affect it.
— “Science and robotics are extremely popular,” said Dean Nelson, owner of Wizard Kids Toys in Toledo, Ohio, who told TDmonthly in June 2009 that Thames & Kosmos is one of his top-selling lines for boys.
— Two of 47 storeowners said Thames & Kosmos account for their top sales in boys' items during a summer 2009 survey.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22836      (added 3/18/2009)
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MSRP: $49.95
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 624811
Launch Date: July 1905
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



Hydropower has been used for hundreds of years in watermills and is now commonly used to generate electricity in applications such as hydroelectric dams and tidal power plants. Explore the power of water by building models and conducting experiments with them. Learn about how different devices are used to extract useful energy from moving water — from a waterwheel in a small stream to a giant turbine in a tidal power station. Build a waterwheel, a sawmill, and a hammer mill to harness the energy of moving water to do different types of physical work.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22835      (added 3/18/2009)
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MSRP: $35.00
Category: Science & Nature
Educational



Part of the Wild Creations eco-aquarium line, this balanced ecosystem offers a low-maintenance way for children or adults to enjoy an aquarium environment. This starter kit comes with the Jewel Water Garden, a snail, two little frogs, food and care pack, and choice of base.
—  Nine percent of 43 specialty retailers told TDmonthly Wild Creations’ Eco-Aquarium was a best seller in late spring 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22597      (added 2/25/2009)
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MSRP: $19.95
SKU or Item #: ANTWRA1
Launch Date: January 2009
Category: Science & Nature



An ant farm and an art project!  An elegant acrylic case shipped with a multi-colored filling made with finely ground glass, the ant farm starts like a sand sculpture.  Children can design their ant habitat by carefully pouring the colors into layers and hills.  Detailed instructions are included on how to infuse the sand with sugar water while sending away from the ants.  After the ants are added, the ant farm becomes self-sustaining, requiring no further feeding.  Then, as the ants tunnel and build their home inside the ant farm, they alter the sand sculpture, piling the colored sand on top where they have been digging.  Comes with habitat, special building sand in five colors, facts and instructions booklet, zoom lens, and mail-in coupon for ants. Launch Date: 2009
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22520      (added 2/17/2009)
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This balanced ecosystem offers a low-maintenance way for children or adults to enjoy an aquarium environment. It comes complete with water, a snail, two little frogs, food and care pack. The water in the aquarium only has to be changed every five or six months.
— ''We sold about 660 during the year,” Marc Holcomb, owner of Toys & Co. in Greensboro, S.C., said in autumn 2010. Dave Campbell of Amazing Toys in Great Falls, Mont., sells approximately 12 per month.
— "I brought in 20, and in two weeks it sold out. I brought in 20 more and it sold out," Gage Brownell, manager of Belmont Toys in Belmont, Mass., told TDmonthly in March 2009 about the EcoAquariums he discovered at Toy Fair the month before. Molly McMullin of Twirl in Taos, N.M., reported sales of about 70 a month in March 2009.
— "Everyone was excited about them," Jeanne McCullough, owner of Children's Store Inc., said following ASTRA Marketplace in June 2009.
— In late summer/early fall 2009, three of 38 retailers named EcoAquariums as a best-selling science and nature product, noting sales of 18 to 60 a month. “We were hesitant to bring them in. We didn’t want to be a pet store. But it’s a neat idea. It’s low maintenance. It’s something the parents and kids can agree on,” Gary Green of Toy Box of Asheville in Asheville, N.C., told TDmonthly.
Awards: 2010 Tillywig Top Fun; Parent's Choice Award 2010
Past Videos: Toy Fair 2009

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22491      (added 2/16/2009)
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MSRP: $34.95
Age Range: 5 to 7
SKU or Item #: 602086
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Kits



Intro to Engineering is part of the Little Labs line, which is intended to be the portal through which children ages five to seven first begin to explore and appreciate science. Intro the Engineering introduces young children to the field of engineering with 25 experiments in five sections. Children learn engineering basics with experiments on levers, forces, and pulleys. They explore engineering on land by building vehicles with wheels; engineering in the air with a helicopter, a parachute, and a glider; and engineering in the water with a diving bell, a sailboat, and a paddleboat. They even find engineering at home, with experiments modeling the telephone and television (without breaking them, of course). This kit has a 48-page, full-color experiment manual, and a retail price of $34.95. Available summer 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22412      (added 2/6/2009)
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MSRP: $35.95
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 600001
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Kits



The Dangerous Book for Boys: Electronics presents information on electronics every child should know through fun, engaging, and impressive experiments and activities. Children ages eight and up learn how to construct simple electronic toys, such as a joy buzzer and insect. It comes with a 32-page, full-color experiment manual and retails for $35.95. Awards: Parent's Choice Award 2010. Launch date: Fall 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22411      (added 2/6/2009)
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MSRP: $89.95
Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: 626114
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Kits



As a follow-up to the bestselling Power House kit comes Power House Green Essentials Edition, targeted towards a younger audience of ages 10 and up. This kit teaches children about the timely issues of alternative energy and sustainable living, by conducting 30 experiments and building ten energy-related models: the power house itself, a greenhouse, a solar cell array, a passive solar collector, a solar oven, an air conditioner, a refrigerator, a hydrometer, a lemon battery, and a wind power generator. They can even sow seeds in the greenhouse! The kit comes with a 64-page, full-color experiment manual and retails for $89.95. Available now.
— “Most anything from Thames & Kosmos, like the Power House, Wind Power [and] Creative Cosmetics,” sells well for education, according to Patti Tepper Rasmussen, owner of Learning Tree Toys, Games & Books in Oklahoma City, Okla.
— Three of 40 retailers mentioned science kits by Thames & Kosmos when discussing best-selling educational items in fall 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22409      (added 2/6/2009)
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MSRP: $19.95
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 7811
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational



This 40-page science book and materials kit includes eight major activities that transform the study of central concepts of molecular biology into child's play. Kids can extract DNA from a fruit, probe and spool real DNA, build a double helix model, solve a chromosome puzzle (Is it a boy or a girl?) and play a gene construction game. A more advanced version is available for appropriate markets. Awards: TDmonthly Top Toy 2008. Launch date: 2008.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19701      (added 7/3/2008)
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Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Science & Nature



When viewed at the correct angle, a floating ball in the hologram chamber projects a clone that looks touchable – until you try. Other small objects (not provided) can also be used in the chamber. Metal objects should be avoided, however, because they may scratch the mirrored surface.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19669      (added 7/1/2008)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
General Toys



Kids will enjoy finding bugs and observing them play and perform in the miniature amusement park. The park is equipped with a slide, a swing, a maze, a tightrope, a Ferris wheel and a teeter-totter. The escape-proof domed habitat provides 360-degree views and features an extra-large built-in magnifier lid. The play park is suitable for ladybugs, pillbugs, grasshoppers and more.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18552      (added 4/24/2008)
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Launch Date: April 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Kits
Science & Nature
Educational



The kit takes approximately 30 minutes to build and will allow kids to observe and learn all about how the lift is powered by water. Everything needed is included in the kit except for scissors, a ruler and water. Launch date: April 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18543      (added 4/24/2008)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: 833
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Kits
Science & Nature
Educational



This kit allows kids to excavate, restore and display a 12" replica of a Tyrannosaurus skeleton. The kit comes with a skeleton replica embedded in a 12" x 9" slate-like slab of rock, an excavation tool, two brushes, two paint tablets and instructions. Launch date: February 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18349      (added 4/11/2008)
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Part of a line of ScienceWiz Thinking Games, this puzzle game created by Harry L. Nelson and Hiroshi Yamamoto provides 40 challenges at different skill levels. Players put a puzzle card down and solve the puzzle by making sure all the pieces are looped together, at which time the board will light up with the solution.



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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18203      (added 3/31/2008)
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MSRP: $5.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
General Toys
Novelties



Not only are MENTOS® great to eat, but these amazing candies are loaded with wonder. Learn how to create an enormous geyser by combining MENTOS® with soda. The eruption is amazing—up to 25 feet high—and so is the science just beneath the surface. The Geyser Tube™ allows you to load the candies and safely disperse them into the soda bottle.
— When asked about their best selling novelty toys in a September 2011 survey, Mary Porter Green, owner of The Curiosity Zone in Ashburn, Va., told TDmonthly: "We sell lots of the Geyser Tubes from Be Amazing! Toys."
— In a Fall 2013 survey, two out of 12 retailers told TDmonthly that Be Amazing was a best-selling brand of science toy.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18072      (added 3/24/2008)
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 12 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



Turn ordinary rocks into sparkling crystals treasures! Just dissolve the SPACE AGE CRYSTAL GROWING materials in hot water, place a rock into the solution and watch how fascinating crystals grow right before your eyes, up to 4 inch (10 cm) in diameter.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17795      (added 2/28/2008)
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MSRP: $27.00
Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: 60201
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Science & Nature
General Toys



The wand is designed to look like a true wizard’s magic wand. The patented magic wand allows levitating objects indoors to go as high as the ceiling allows. With or without a magic spell, just press the button and watch how toy objects included with the set expand and fly up as high as you can make them go. Awards: TDmonthly Innovations 2008.
— The wand demonstrates “real levitation,” Olga Ousherovitch, president and co-owner of Toysie LLC, told TDmonthly.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16890      (added 1/2/2008)
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The orangutan’s animal-like animation – traversing over ropes, hand-over-hand like a real monkey – is enabled using only solar energy. Only 15 parts need to be assembled. The unit will motivate students to learn about micro-robotics and solar energy. It will also teach students to follow precise visual diagrams.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16880      (added 1/2/2008)
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MSRP: $149.95
Age Range: All Ages
Category: Science & Nature
Award Winners



The AstroMaster Series produce bright, clear images of the Moon and planets. It is easy to see the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn with every one of these fine instruments. For views of the brighter deep space objects like galaxies and nebulae, we recommend the larger aperture and light gathering ability of the Newtonian reflectors.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 14344      (added 7/26/2007)
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MSRP: $9.95
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: DF-18
Launch Date: June 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Creative Activities



Every box of this dinosaur excavation game is comprised of a digging tool set and a buried dinosaur fossil, and the game simulates the common searching pattern paleontologists use in the field. The museum-quality products conform to United States and European Safety standards (EN71, ASTM F963 and AS1647). “Our product is the only digging play-type dinosaur game that could make layers simulating real paleontologists’ action. The dinosaur fossil is made from stone powder, which is three times stronger than similar products in the market,” President Tony Sangvacharakul of Near Nature Corporation told TDmonthly. Launch date: June 24, 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 13968      (added 7/6/2007)
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MSRP: $79.99
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: MM-640
Launch Date: June 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Computers
Science & Nature



This digital microscope links to most computers for exceptional detailed viewing. Its power zoom mechanism goes from 26x to a super-strong 130x. An integrated camera allows for quick and easy snap shots that can be saved for later use. It also comes with a specimen base, forceps, eyedropper, USB cable, three blank slides, one prepared slide and CD-ROM software. This educational tool makes learning fun and inspires children and adults to discover more about their environments. “The zPix is educational and fun at a fantastic price,” Shannon Kelly of Images Group, on behalf of Carson Optical, told TDmonthly. The zPix has won the following awards: Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award 2007, Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products Award 2007 and Dr. Toy 10 Best Educational Products Award 2007. Launch date: June 1, 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 13127      (added 5/24/2007)
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MSRP: $5.00
Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: 652716
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



Create sound and light with Safari’s World Energy Ball by touching the two embedded metal strips, demonstrating circuits and conductivity. Great scientific fun for individuals or groups. Put the whole world in the palm of your hand! View our entire collection at www.safariltd.com
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12749      (added 5/14/2007)
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Everything is provided for kids to create their own mystery eggs. This fun and easy activity includes educational factoids about fossils and the creature of their choice.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12299      (added 4/12/2007)
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MSRP: $89.95
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: TM101
Launch Date: April 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



This product defies well-known scientific theorem by featuring one permanent magnet floating on top of another. A globe (or any suitable object) can be made to levitate above a specially engineered, electromagnetic base. It appears to defy the Earnshaw-Braunbeck theorem, more than a century old. Launch date: April 2007.
— The fact that this globe seems to defy a long-known scientific theorem related to magnets is one reason it received a TDmonthly Innovations 2007 award. It also makes a great desk ornament, sure to stop all passersby who just can’t help but take a closer look.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11618      (added 2/23/2007)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Robotics
Science & Nature



Let's meet OWI's new Mini Solar Robot and science kits. These frolicking fancies are easy to assemble and demonstrate alternative energy principles. They are simple and friendly, and will put a smile on any child 8 years and up. Happy Hopping Frog, Super Solar Racing Car, Frightened Grasshopper, Walking King Crab, and Attacking Inch Worm fit nicely into OWI's JR Science Series. Besides having jovial names, they have become our premiere entry level product. Because of their entry-level price points, retailers will grow fond of their movements; both off the shelf and after assembly. If a make-it-and-take-it type product is what you are looking for, these hands-on terrestrial tantalizers will make you the local hero. Our research team has found this product to be a distinct liking in educational programs such as after-school, summer and vacation programs. How about science workshops? You betcha! How about one-hour projects? Perfect! Let's show the kids how truly engaging science can be with OWI's new Mini Solar Robot and science kits. 
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11247      (added 1/25/2007)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: WH-925-1125
Launch Date: January 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



Ms. Frizzle and her students take Young Scientists on a wild ride into the human body with these breathtaking experiments. Young Scientists bend bones, make joints, map taste buds, expand lungs, build a stethoscope, measure lung capacities and heart rates, perform the iodine starch test, spin glitter, simulate synovial fluid, create a human body poster, and much, much more. This exciting kit includes a life-size poster with 8 sheets of body part stickers. “This is a true hands-on learning experience in that children make everything themselves. … They are also building a life-size human poster [that] will be a dazzling addition to any child's room,” President Esther Novis of The Young Scientists Club told TDmonthly. This product received the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval and an iParenting Media Award, as well as a 2007 Parents' Choice Recommended Award. Launch date: January 1, 2007.

Past videos: Toy Fair 2007
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11093      (added 1/11/2007)
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MSRP: $14.95
Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: SLAB0107
Launch Date: February 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational



These activity books provide a great way for families to learn about celestial objects, and then see them in real-time, where they can take pictures, print them out, and paste them in their books. They can also fill in information such as distance from the earth and sky conditions at the time of viewing. Each book contains 14 missions and has a telescope card sealed on the front cover.
— Slooh Explore Space Live is the “only product in the marketplace that teaches kids/adults about our universe and then provides the mechanism to go see these celestial objects live by accessing high-powered telescopes through a home computer,” commented Patrick Paolucci of Bluestorm. Launch date: February 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11006      (added 1/8/2007)
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MSRP: $12.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Launch Date: April 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



Solar Robots use real solar cells to power themselves. Using only the power they harness from the sun, these robots can walk around. Solar Robots are available in two styles and are for outdoor use only.  Launch date: Spring 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10977      (added 1/5/2007)
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MSRP: $7.95
Age Range: 4 and up
SKU or Item #: GC1
Launch Date: May 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



This complete garden kit in a can only requires water. Kids can then grow one of more than 125 different gardens, from a dinosaur garden to a rainforest garden to 4-leaf clovers. Launch date: May 1, 2007.
— “Very few kids have ever gardened before, and they are fast forgetting about a fun and healthy pastime,” Robert Piller of Gifts that Bloom told TDmonthly. “One thing that stands out from any competitor is the wide assortment of garden kits, including a banana plant, giant sunflower garden, dinosaur tree…and many others.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10898      (added 1/4/2007)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



Capture the mystique and beauty of the rainforest right on your desk or table with the tropical China Doll plant. This fast-growing plant features small, shiny, intricately patterned leaves that create a soft, delicate, distinctive look. The Rainforest Rock Garden comes complete with a state of the art rock planter, a contoured sprouting dome, deluxe planting mixture, moss ground cover, china doll seeds and more! This tropical rock garden grows easily indoors, and will reach heights of three to five feet!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10812      (added 12/27/2006)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



Grow one of the most useful and indispensable plants in the world in this brand new handcrafted rock planter! Aloe is known to soothe and heal skin, and is also used to treat cuts, scrapes and burns. It is also one of the only houseplants that releases oxygen at night and removes carbon dioxide in the air. This exciting rock garden is all-inclusive and contains a unique rock planter, a contoured sprouting dome, aloe seeds, natural gravel cover, an informative instructions and care manual, and more!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10811      (added 12/27/2006)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 229
Launch Date: August 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



With this kit, children can mix more than 15 flavor combinations to create their own crazy concoctions and make huge amounts of homemade gum. “This kit contributes to a child’s educational development because it involves a lot of creativity,” Susan Rives of product development for Scientific Explorer told TDmonthly. “Kids are encouraged to come up with their own custom gum flavor….After they’re satisfied with the gum, they can design its packaging.” Launch date: August 2006.
— “Scientific Explorer science kits. [Kids] can make candy, do slime, the bubble gum factory, dino kits,” Denis Hofsetter, owner of The Toy Store in Atlanta, Ga., listed some favorites in his best-selling educational line.
— “In the science and nature category, we sold 45 last month,” Margy Pein, owner of Tree House Toy Shop in Cumberland, Md., told TDmonthly in July 2008.
— Twelve percent of retailers said science kits and related activities account for their top-selling educational products.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10410      (added 12/5/2006)
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MSRP: $10.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: January 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
General Toys



This kit includes a 7” gypsum block, tools, a paper clip and twine — everything needed to assemble a complete 11-1/2"- to 12"-tall pirate. The free Pirate Dig Kit POP contains two each of four styles. Launch date: 2006.
— “In this hot pirate market, these are incredibly well-done and particularly cute skeletons that are the perfect gift for any pirate enthusiast,” Cindy Vader of GeoCentral told TDmonthly.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9905      (added 11/2/2006)
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MSRP: $15.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Kits



Using this science kit, kids will learn the secret of the Giant Test Tube and how to make Touchable Bubbles that don’t pop. They can make a super bouncing ball and 20’ of gooey, slimy worms. Almost everything kids need comes in one clear vinyl bag for easy clean-up.
— In a September 2011 survey, Joe Berardoni, owner of Pun's Toys in Brynn Mawr, Pa., told TDmonthly, "Be Amazing’s Lab in a Bag (any one) does very well here. They have great experiments included and are a good 'birthday present' price."
— In a Fall 2013 survey, two out of 12 retailers told TDmonthly that Lab in a Bag was one of their best-selling science toys.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9698      (added 10/17/2006)
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MSRP: $7.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: March 2003
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



Everything needed to uncover the secrets of cinematic snow comes in one little box. Kids just add water to create an erupting blizzard of snow anytime or anywhere. The kit includes Insta-Snow® Powder, snow scoop, Petri dish, portion cup and instructions. Launch date: March 2003
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9585      (added 10/4/2006)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



The Fairy Triad is one of four new additions to the Dome Terrarium line. Learn about the history and lore of fairies with the included fairy-inspired plants (Lobelia, Clover, Evening Star and Thyme), a decorative fairy, multi-colored gravel, fairy bells, stakes, decals and more. Informative instructions detail sprouting and growing methods as well as a plethora of information about fairies and fairy gardens.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy Best Classic Toys; 2007 Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award; 2007 Seal of Approval from The National Parenting Center
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9575      (added 10/4/2006)
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MSRP: $20.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: March 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



From the specimen jar in which the kit is packaged to the secret formulas for making realistic-looking snot, vomit and body parts, this kit screams fun. Kids will be able to grow their own bacteria right at home. This nasty fun kit includes Slime Goo, Worm Goo, Slime Activator, True Color tablets, Growing Body Parts, Petri dish and lid, nutrient agar, cotton swab, clear cup, mixing cups, super-absorbent crystals and instructions. The jar is 18” high and 9” deep. Launch date: March 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9511      (added 9/26/2006)
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MSRP: $125.00
Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Balls



This world is almost too big to hug. The Orbis 16"-diameter EarthBall now has a big brother, the new 1 Meter EarthBall. This universal toy is the largest inflatable globe one can wrap his arms around. Perfect for children, schools, conferences, public events and parades, it features the same amazing NASA satellite imagery and glow-in-the-dark city lights. The 1 Meter EarthBall also comes with the same 16-page handbook, packed with games, activities and fun.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9284      (added 9/7/2006)
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MSRP: $19.95
Age Range: 8 to 80
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Gifts
Science & Nature



The Zero Blaster is the latest addition to the Zero Toys Vapor-Ring toy line. With a bright blue LED light and ray-gun sound effect, it blasts 2"- to 4"-diameter vapor rings up to 12'. It uses safe, non-toxic (water-based) fluid.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9185      (added 8/30/2006)
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Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: 162
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Foam
General Toys



14" Ramrocket with light up rocket top. Activate light in rocket top for night-time fun! See a stream of red light as the rocket soars into the night sky. On/off switch to conserve batteries. Display not included.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8738      (added 7/26/2006)
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This multipurpose telescope can get up and go, with a handy backpack that makes transportation easy. The 70mm fully coated objective lens has a 350mm focal length (f/5.0) and features one-finger focusing. Everything needed for exploration is included in the kit: the GoScope 350, full-length aluminum tripod with retractable legs and three-way panhead, interchangeable 20mm and 10 mm eyepieces, a Stargazing CD-ROM, two bonus DVDs on North American birds and wildlife, and a rugged backpack. The kit can be used for birding, wildlife spotting and stargazing.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8045      (added 5/26/2006)
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This multipurpose telescope can get up and go, with a handy backpack that makes transportation easy. The 70mm fully coated objective lens has a 350mm focal length (f/5.0) and features one-finger focusing. Everything needed for exploration is included in the kit: the GoScope 350, full-length aluminum tripod with retractable legs and three-way panhead, interchangeable 20mm and 10 mm eyepieces, a Stargazing CD-ROM, two bonus DVDs on North American birds and wildlife, and a rugged backpack. The kit can be used for birding, wildlife spotting and stargazing.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8044      (added 5/26/2006)
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



A Kinetic Mystery! Can your brain explain what your senses experience? More than a mystery... it's an exercise in knowledge! Spin this unique top on its base and watch it continue for hours, sometimes days without stopping...
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7650      (added 4/21/2006)
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MSRP: $39.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



The classiest Levitron® yet! New high-tech design. Adjustable legs for easy leveling with the most powerful rare earth magnets available! The distinctive base design amazes onlookers as the high-flying top levitates mysteriously above the opening in the center.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7649      (added 4/21/2006)
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MSRP: $19.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



The Magic Penny kit is a great tool for investigating magnetism. The kit contains two Magic Penny magnets, 24 newly minted British 1- and 2-penny coins, one US penny and an activity booklet outlining 32 magnetic investigations. Magic Penny magnets have beautiful stainless steel covers and were custom designed to enable a large number of investigations to be done with magnetic coins. All new packaging, additional coins and more activities make this award-winning kit even better.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 5973      (added 12/14/2005)
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MSRP: $59.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Science & Nature
Kits



Snap Circuits make learning electronics easy and fun. Kids follow the colorful pictures in the manual to build exciting projects, such as FM radios, burglar alarms, doorbells and more. Parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease. “Children can play with this kit for hours and hours and still have not completed all the projects the snap circuit kits have to offer,” Walter Larsen, national sales manager for Elenco, told TDmonthly.
— One retailer said in summer 2007 his store sells 25 Elenco units monthly. Five percent of 64 retailers said in August 2008 that Snap Circuits are a best-selling science product, reporting average sales of six units per month. Four of 38 retailers echoed the same a year later. “They’ve gone back to this game six or seven times,” between January and July 2006, said TDmonthly's homeschooling mom Susan Ledford.
— Any time TDmonthly asks specialty storeowners about top-selling science toys, Elenco's Snap Circuits heads the list. This simple electronics kit appeals to both girls and boys. By making science fun and easy, Snap Circuits earned a TDmonthly Classic Toy 2007 award.
—  As of 12/17/2012 this product had 4.8 out of 5 stars from 575 reviews on Amazon.com. Cons: One user said that her grandchildren were "not all that interested" in the Snap Circuits, and told her that they would prefer LEGOs on their birthday.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 5252      (added 10/27/2005)
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MSRP: $4.95
Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



This is a cool, squishy, squashy, vibrantly colored replication of a Red-Eyed Tree Frog. It feels clammy, it looks clammy, and it´s altogether gross ... which is the whole point. It´s a fairly accurate reproduction (except that it´s an order of magnitude larger than a real Red-Eyed Tree Frog), and would look quite comfortable out in the wilderness. It´s very fun to play with.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4544      (added 9/12/2005)
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MSRP: $19.99
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Kits



This net habitat (almost like a Chinese lantern) encloses caterpillars, food and the setting for a caterpillar’s eventual metamorphosis. It requires mail-sent larvae. “The Butterfly Garden not only shows actual insect metamorphosis, but it does so in just three weeks' time. Many other animal habitats can take up to six months for any changes to occur. This makes it a perfect item for kids who have short attention spans and is an ideal science project for any classroom,” John White, marketing director of Insect Lore, told TDmonthly.
— Fred Rosenberg of On the Park in Kingwood, Texas, named this as his No. 1 seller in May 2008, with sales of 50 to 60 units monthly. “I just can't keep them in stock right now,” he told TDmonthly. “We have a display on our counter with the real butterflies so people can see it go through the process,” said Kim Emigh, VP of e-commerce at Growing Tree Toys in State College, Pa.
— 25% of 64 retailers surveyed in August 2008 named this as their top-selling nature toy, reporting average sales of 12 per month. Five of 38 retailers named Insect Lore’s butterfly habitats as best-selling science and nature products in late summer 2009. In an August 2010 survey, 21 percent of 43 specialty retailers said Insect Lore is a top-selling science and nature brand. Five retailers specifically cited Butterfly Garden as a best seller.
— As of 5/21/2012, the Butterfly Garden had spent more than 1,600 days in the top-100 best-selling toys and games at Amazon.com and has 4.4 out of 5 stars from 461 reviews.
AWARDS: 2010 TDmonthly Top Seller
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3975      (added 7/18/2005)
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MSRP: $32.95
Age Range: 4 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Award Winners



Plant carrot, radish and onion seeds, and watch the roots develop underground. Self-watering grow unit has built-in drainage reservoir and wicking system to keep soil properly moistened. Includes eight expanding soil wafers, seeds, I.D. labels, light shield to cover roots, and experiment booklet that teaches about germination, seed growth, photosynthesis, and more.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3090      (added 3/1/2005)
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MSRP: $34.95
Age Range: 10 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Robotics
Science & Nature



A two-wheeled mini-robot, the Binary Player Robot has its internal program stored on a black-and-white disk that´s user programmed, so it can do tricks and patterns. It's easily assembled with basic hand tools and is both fun and educational.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 2014      (added 12/22/2004)
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MSRP: $19.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Category: Science & Nature



Based on a 2003 NASA space shuttle experiment to study animal life in space to test how ants successfully tunnel in microgravity, the nutrient-rich, nontoxic AntWorks™ Gel promotes healthy colony growth while viewers watch ants live and work to create series upon series of intricate tunnels. This easy-to-care-for set includes a magnifying glass, extreme zoom lens, tunnel starter tool and instruction booklet with fun ant facts. U.S. Patent pending. The transparent gel allows for “better representation of ants’ intelligent and architectural ability,” Gary Armstrong of Fascinations told TDmonthly. “The gel is also their food and water source. Ants are the perfect pet. They don’t need any care.”
— "We sell quite a few ant farms from Fascinations," said David Campbell, owner of Amazing Toys in Great Falls, Mont., when discussing science and nature best sellers with TDmonthly in summer 2007.
— Two of 29 retailers TDmonthly spoke with said ant farms from Fascinations are best-selling science toys with customers. They sell about half a dozen ant farms from Fascinations each month.
— “We can't keep them in stock,” remarked Jude Larene, co-owner of Izilla Toys in Seattle, Wash., of the AntWorks kits in his store. Of 64 retailers surveyed in August 2008, 12 percent named Antworks as a best-selling science and nature product.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 674      (added 12/1/2004)
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