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December 01, 2008

Green Science Experiments Kits

Recycle Simple Items into Science Projects
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Snap-Together LaQ Building Set

Ok, don't tell my kids, but I'm getting these for them. To be honest, I can't wait to play with these neat construction toys myself.

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January 28, 2007

One Grain Of Rice

One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale, by Demi, is a beautifully illustrated book that demonstrates a simple mathematical concept. Is it a fairy tale, or a math lesson? I'd say it's both.

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December 27, 2006

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

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

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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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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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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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November 28, 2006

Bead Snowflakes Kit

Planets in a Pouch

Crystal Formation Domes

This is a really cool alternative to a snow globe. The crystals continually dissolve and reform, and you can direct their growth by positioning it upside-down, sideways, and more.

November 11, 2006

Hand Boilers

Hand Boilers are looped and twisted glass sculptures containing a colored liquid that will "boil" as heat is transferred from your bare hand. Very cool!
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Window Mosaics

The cool thing about these window mosaic kits is that you're not limited to the template they give you. You can reuse the tiles over and over again, creating your own designs.

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Logic Links

Logic Links are great sequencing puzzles, and they come with colored chips to help visually organize thinking.
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Mastermind

When I was a kid, I just couldn't get enough of Mastermind. I never got tired of it. The combination of logic and guessing was too much for me to resist.
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One Night in the Coral Sea

Robin Brickman steals the show with her illustrations of One Night in the Coral Sea. She creates intricate textures and forms with paper cutting, paint, and glue. Just stunning!
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Math-terpieces!

Math-terpieces, by Greg Tang, combines Art and Math in charming rhymes and puzzles. How could I not love it!? The puzzles are based around some of my favorite modern art pieces including April Showers (by Renoir) and The Starry Night (by van Gogh).
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If you're looking gifts for a grade-shooler, you could get a few of Mr Tang's math-picture books. They're all fantastic!

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November 01, 2006

Giant Plush Microbes!

Phyllis pointed out these ultra-geeky plush toys. Who could resist them?

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To keep away the real bugs, be sure to wash your hands frequently. ThinkGeek has a fun soap dispenser too!
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October 31, 2006

Chocolate Chemistry T-Shirt

This design is based on our click-n-spell with the elements game. Chocolate is spelled out with symbols from the periodic table of elements.
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October 30, 2006

Carnivorous Plants Kit

With this kit, you can grow your own venus fly trap...from seeds! The kit contains seeds for other carnivorous plants, and a little terrarium to grow them in.

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October 01, 2006

Plesiosaur T-shirt

Plesiosaurs aren't actually dinosaurs; they lived in the Jurassic seas. Mary Anning, discovered the first complete plesiosaur fossil in the early 1820s.

I designed this specially for my daughter, who dressed up as Mary Anning for halloween one year.

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Deinonychus T-shirts

These Deinonychus fossils look like they're chasing each other around in a circle. Ah, the beauty of geometry and radial symmetry!

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Stegosaurus T-shirt

Stegosaurus was one of my favorite dinosaurs, as a kid. So I had to include one in our new line of Dinosaur t-shirts.
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