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December 27, 2006

Math for Kids & Other People Too!

I'm a huge fan of Theoni Pappas! Math for Kids & Other People Too is another fine example of her works. Try opening the book at random, and you'll be treated to a fun and mind-expanding puzzle or story.
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Roman Numerals I to MM

Cute little piggies help you practice your Roman Numerals in this picture book: Roman Numerals I to MM.
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Family Math

In the introduction, the authors say that teachers were asking for resources they could give to parents "to use at home to help their children in mathematics. They told us that parent were frustrated in not knowing enough about their children's math program to help them or in not understanding the mathematics their children were studying". With a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the authors developed the activities in Family Math.

The activities are hands-on, with objects like blocks and beans. As the authors say "traditionally, these materials are used mostly in the early elementary years and paper-and-pencil mathematics becomes the rule after second or third grade. This is unfortunate, since much of mathematics can best be explained and understood using the tools of manipulative materials and models; and, in fact, many research and applied mathematicians do just that."

Also in the series:
Family Math
Family Math for Young Children: Comparing
Family Math - The Middle School Years: Algebraic Reasoning and Number Sense

Useful Mathematical and Physical Formulae

Useful Mathematical and Physical Formulae is a handy little book, with quirky and fun illustrations. The author, Matthew Watkins, was kind enough to donate a signed copy to Art Intersect Science a couple years ago.
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The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th Century Science

The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th Century Science includes the original scientific papers. This is a fantastic book! Alan Lightman paints the context for each discovery, before presenting the original paper.
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The Penguin Family Book

"The Animal Family books are not just written by their authors. They are studied and researched and lived into existence. Each book helps to make the world of nature that much more real, more understandable, and more valuable to children." ~Description from Stacey's website

The Penguin Family Book

December 09, 2006

Astroscan Telescope from Edmund Scientific

This is a great starting telescope, and has a very comfortable-round shape. Astroscan Telescope is a high-performance telescope that is easy-to-use, maintenance-free and completely portable.

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A long time ago, there was a great store in Noe Valley called "Star Magic". It had all kinds of cool stuff in it, most of it to do with space and science (but not all). That's where I bought an Astroscan telescope as a gift for my husband and eventually discovered Edmund Scientifics. Years later, GalaxyGoo became an Edmund Scientifics affiliate, and we're now linking to one of their products: the Astroscan telescope. Funny how life travels these little circles and spirals.

December 02, 2006

Radio Receiver & Morse Code Kits

Up for a little time travel? Let's way go back to days of morse-code and the early "wireless". I haven't tried these kits yet, but they look very interesting: Radio Receivericon and Morse Code Kiticon The product description says that they're best for ages 10 and up. However, they also say, with adult supervision, they're good for ages 3 and up. Cool! Sounds like a family activity to me!

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Genius Decks

Puzzles! Brain Teasers! All in a little box! I try to keep things like this handy when traveling with the kids...or waiting for our order at a restaurant. Genius Decksicon

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Shape Scapes Sculpture Set

Shape Scapes Sculpture Seticon pieces have curvey shapes. Not your average construction set. While supposedly a kid's toy, it's also a nice desk toy.

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Color Splash Camera

The Color Splash Cameraicon looks like a lot of fun. Retro and techy, at the same time.

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Staple-Less Stapler

Cool little stocking-stuffer: Staple-Less Staplericon

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Robot Lamps

These Robot Lampsicon are great! It's very cool that they've designed a version in "girly" colors too. It's sad that so many girls don't get to have robot toys, just because they don't come in pink. Well, now they can!

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Recycled Glass Tumblers and Platters

Glass is an amazing substance. Even though it seems like a solid, glass is really a liquid! It's also very well suited for recycling. These beautiful bottle plattersicon and fish tumblersicon are made from recycled bottles. Cool beans!

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Pop Art Plates

These Pop Art Platesicon make me think "Abstract Art meets Biology". The colors are vibrant, and the patterns look wonderfully organic. Just beautiful!
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Molecular & DNA Jewelry

This jewelry is based on molecular forms: DNAicon, Serotonin, and Dopamineicon.

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Lego: Imperial Star Destroyer

This is on the wishlist of more than one member of my family. What can I say? We like Star Wars and Legos.

Gift Certificates!

Gift certificates are great! Especially as gifts for kids' teachers!

Science & Tech:
Edmund Scientifics Gift Certificates

For the kitchen:
Sur La Table Gift Certificates
The Perfect Gift - A CHEFS Catalog Gift Card

Peet's Coffee & Tea

Family:
Leaps & Bounds Gift Certificates

December 01, 2006

Kaleidoscope Kit

Kaleidoscopes are cool. Building your own is very cool.
Authentic Models Seeing Stars Kaleidoscope Kit kaleidoscope kit


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Travel Spin Doodles

Very handy for road trips, or any other time a kid (young or old) needs something distracting. It's all inside the travel box: gears, pens, paper. Nice and compact.

Curiosity Kits Travel Spin Doodles Travel Spin Doodles

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Pip-Sqeak Markers

These little markers are fantastic. Did I mention they're washable? Always a plus with art supplies for kids. They're also not as bulky as regular sized markers.

Crayola Pip-Squeaks Markers set of 16

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DNA Model Kit

I haven't tried this kit, but it looks pretty straightforward and easy to build...with styrofoam balls as phospate groups and sugars.

FloraCraft Fun Learning DNA Kit DNA model kit

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