Toy Week: Building & Brain Puzzles
Published Thursday, December 6, 2012 7:25AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, December 6, 2012 7:27AM EST
STIX STRUX FORT BUILDER
The latest and greatest fort-building set! Stix Strux is comprised of super lightweight plastic tubes and foam connectors that go together to create GIANT forts… just add a bed sheet (and your imagination) and the sky is the limit!
$59.95 / Ages 5+
BUILD-YOUR-OWN ROBOTIC ARM
Riding the wings of the award-winning Robotic Arm Trainer, OWI has made robotic arm technology more affordable without compromising quality. With Robotic Arm Edge, command the gripper to open and close, control 120 degree wrist motion, an extensive elbow range of 300 degrees, base rotation of 270 degrees, base motion of 180 degrees, vertical reach of 15 inches, horizontal reach of 12.6 inches, and lifting capacity of 100g.
$49.95 / Ages 8+
Electrify your brain with this challenging puzzler! The object is to place all of the pieces on the board to successfully complete the circuit; do so, and the entire board lights up! Cool Circuits emphasizes spatial reasoning and abstract thinking with over 40 different challenges ranging from student to expert. Can you solve them all?
$19.95 / Ages 8+
Explore and experiment with two geometric shapes, to create simple and complex 3-D models. Build hundreds of 3-D Designs with these vibrant rainbow colour pieces. Feel the magnetic force and have countless hours of fun exploring the Magformer connection possibilities!
$49.95-$99.95 / Ages 5+
QUERCETTI 80PC MARBLE RUN
Create spectacular marble runs with this 80 piece set! The Quercetti Migoga Marble Run features interlocking chutes, columns, bridges, funnels, spinning wheels and spirals that can be assembled in endless combinations for hours of fun! Also includes a vortex chamber for whirling, swirling marble action!
$34.95 / Ages 4+
NEWTON'S CRADLE BALANCE BALL
To play with the Balance Ball it's a game of fun. If you pull up only one ball on one side, then you will only see one of them swing either to the left or right. If you pull up 2, 3 or 4 balls, you will soon see various ways of swinging.
$8.95 / Ages 8+
ASTRONAUT ICE CREAM
Originally developed for the early Apollo Missions, this "space treat" is frozen to -40 degrees F, then vacuum dried and placed in a special polyfoil pouch. Freeze-dried foods are used by astronauts eating under weightless conditions in space.
$3.95 / Ages 4+
STRAWS AND CONNECTORS 230 PIECE SET
Make playhouses and forts, design buildings and engineer spacecrafts! The straws fit snuggly onto the connectors, but are flexible so you can build arches and tubes. Follow the illustrated instructions or encourage children to create their own unique designs. You can even cut the straws for even more design flexibility!
$18.95 / Ages 4+
KAPLA BUILDING BLOCKS
Simple, single-sized rectangular blocks and endless building possibilities! Kapla is, without a doubt, an extraordinary building system. Kapla Blocks are all the same size (1 by 4½ by ¼ inches) and made of pine from renewable French forests.
$19.95-299.95 / Ages 6+
SNAP CIRCUITS LIGHT
Now music and light are part of the exciting and educational world of Elenco Snap Circuits! Connect any MP3 player (sold separately) and enjoy the lights changing to the beat of your music! The strobe light amazes with spinning patterns and visual effects.
$79.95 / Ages 8+
QUADRILLA TWIST & RAIL MARBLE RUN
Enjoy constructing the Quadrilla Twist and Rail Set from Hape! This is a complete wooden marble run set with some bright colours, straight rails, fun curves and a unique see-saw piece. Once constructed, spend countless hours pouring the marbles down the mazes and then take it apart and rebuild all over again!
$149.95 / Ages 4+
MEADE TERRASTAR 60MM TELESCOPE
The world's top astronomers got started with a telescope just like this one - and so will you. A quality refracting telescope for land or sky viewing. Perfect for observing Saturn, Jupiter, the Moon and land objects. A first look at the rings of Saturn or the craters of the Moon can inspire a lifetime of exploration. Go to any star party anywhere in the world and you'll see more Meade telescopes than any other.
$119.95 / Ages 10+
PERPLEXUS TWIST BRAIN PUZZLE
Perplexus is our best-selling brain puzzle and the Perplexus Twist adds a new… twist! The object is to move the marble through the 360 degree maze inside a giant hand-held sphere. With the twist, you must ALSO twist and turn the internals tracks to navigate the maze!
$29.95 / Ages 8+
WIND POWER KIT
Learn about renewable resources while you build a wind-powered generator to energize your electric vehicle and charge your rechargeable batteries! The wind spins the turbine, which turns an electric generator, which in turn charges your rechargeable AA batteries (not included). You can then use those wind-charged batteries to power the model vehicles you build. The six models include a glider, sail car, jet car, tractor, race car, or tricycle.
$59.95 / Ages 8+
Build a sweet structure with this candy themed building toy! Create using 92 chunky, colourful building pieces in familiar candy designs! Complete with an illustrated activity guide this set provides easy to follow step-by-step building instructions.
$34.95 / Ages 4+
MY FIRST DUO MICROSCOPE
My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope is the perfect, complete starter microscope kit for your junior scientist! This award winning microscope can function either as a biological microscope, shining light from under a specimen on a slide or as a dissecting microscope to view solid objects with a light shining down onto the specimen. Cordless battery power makes this amazing microscope portable for field study and the included 50 piece accessory kit allows explorers to get started right away in discovering the world around them!
$89.95 / Ages 9+
KLUTZ GOTCHA GADGETS
Cross a hands-on science kit with The Encyclopedia of Immaturity®, and what do you get? Gotcha Gadgets - a set of customizable, constructible electronic gizmos, along with an entire book of games, pranks, and jokes that make the most of them. All you need to add is one 9-volt battery and a healthy mischievous streak.
$26.99 / Ages 8+