Saturday, August 11, 2007

The COOLEST Science Kids Toys EVER!

Browsing Amazon for some science related kids toys, even though my daughter is way to young for them, I came across some of the coolest toys. I would have never imagined there was anything like these available! Being a science buff/geek, I may be more biased towards these kinds of toys, but I think that most people can appreciate the beauty of some of these. Educational with a twist!

This one is by far my favorite. Discovery Exclusive DNA Explorer Kit. It contains a centrifuge and all! From Amazon:

"This deluxe science kit lets you extract, view and map real DNA the way forensic scientists do. Explore one of the newest frontiers in science – DNA mapping"

Ideal for budding forensic-scientists or secret agents
Working lab and tools are just like the real thingIncludes all the supplies needed for six fascinating DNA experiments:

Centrifuge, Magnetic mixer, Electrophoresis chamber, Test vials
Ink samples, DNA stain (fabricated to mimic real DNA)
Mail order card for first two experiments*, 2 month manufacturer's warranty

Extract DNA from vegetables, find out what actually makes ink colors and even grow crystal stalagmites. This innovative look at cutting-edge science gives kids a taste of the excitement of discovery and science.

*It will take approximately 2-3 weeks for you to receive your Lambda DNA samples. There is no charge for your initial shipment (postage is required on card). Kit includes instructions for ordering additional DNA samples for $11.50 per order."

I include this next one just because I had an electronics kit when I was younger, and it was a pain in the ass to put together! I never actually got anything that worked do to the amount of wiring necessary. This one snaps together so it should be TONS more fun. From Amazon:

"Elenco's new Snap Circuits makes learning electronics easy and fun! Just follow the colorful pictures in our manual and build exciting projects such as FM radios, digital voice recorders, AM radios, burglar alarms, doorbells and much more! You can even play electronic games with your friends. All parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease. Enjoy hours of educational fun while learning about electronics. No tools required."

Finally, another thing that kids would love is REAL X-RAYS. I would have liked them anyway, maybe I'm weird though! Animal X-RAYS are also available. From Amazon:

"Socko X-Ray Sets. …of one human or an assortment of beasties, but we took both home and so will you. These x-rays are very useful for biology teachers, but have endless applications. Make a very easy oversized jigsaw puzzle with the human pix or, with some super glue, a great shower curtain. But the real possibilities are for artists and designers-fold 'em into lampshades, blow them up and shrink them on a copier, or scan them and have fun in Photoshop". The human skeletal system, a complete skeleton when assembled, is in (18) sheets. The non-human set of (13) includes a marmoset, frontosa cichlid, green tree python, veiled chameleon, dwarf crocodile eggs, baby kangaroo, red-tailed hawk (oddly flamingo-like), sunfish, baby iguana, rattlesnake, box turtle, leaf frog, and a European rabbit which we think is particularly interesting.
Actual x-rays are reprinted on transparencies which work with overhead projectors, and range from 3-3/8" x 6-7/8" to 8-3/8" x 10-5/8" They come with info sheets in English and French."

And tha's about it for now. You may notice that I did not include any chemistry kits on this post. That is because a lot of chemistry kits have been dumbed down these days because some chemicals are now under a watch list for drug manufacturers. You can still get the chemicals, but you have to special order them. Meh, seems wrong to me. I digress though, hope you liked the list!


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