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Summer is coming – in fact the ‘unofficial start’ of Summer has already passed us with Memorial Day weekend. So school will end soon and there will be lots of time to play outdoors and we have some nifty products for that! Let’s get started!

First up is the Bubble Thing!

Bubble Thing

This nifty gadget makes HUGE bubbles and they can last a long time – in fact they last so well that when we thought it would be a neat idea to demonstrate the Bubble Thing in front of our store the bubbles took off with the wind and went 3/4 of a block  down – and right into the nice people dining outdoors  at Derek’s restaurant. Oops! Sorry folks.  But it made a big impression and you can make the big bubbles – don’t forget the refill solution!

Another nifty outdoor toy is the classic Flying Machine

Flying Machine

This balsa-wood, rubber-band powered toy plane is a classic. Assembly is easy  and when you wind it up it can fly as far as a football field is long! Adjust the wings and it will zoom around in a circle! You can even get it to take off on its own and land like  real plane!

Sunprint Kits are another great outdoor activity.

Super Sunpint Kit

Sunprint kits are sets of light-sensitive film. You put objects like leaves, branches, flowers, coins, etc. on top of the film. Then place it in sunlight. After 1-5 minutes (depending on how bright the sunlight is) it exposes. Then you dunk it in water to develop it! You can make lots of great images with the film. Don’t forget the refills!

A recently added and popular item are out Foam Stunt Jet Planes

Stunt Jet

These come in a variety of colors and are powered by a simple throw. Unlike a lot of other thrown toys these jets glide impressively and when thrown outdoors the flaps can be adjusted to make the jet to stunts! Make it do simple turns, or loops, or other tricks! The toys work best outdoors, but the soft foam construction means they can be flown indoors as well.

We also can’t forget one of our other favorite toys! The Flip n Flyer!

Flip N Flyer

The Flip n Flyer is one part flying disc, one part gyroscope. You can throw it and catch it like any flying disc, but you can also catch it and spin it by its cord! When you do it keeps on spinning and that gyroscopic action lets you do all sorts of neat tricks!

Last, but by no means least, there is always the chance to go fly a kite


From the simple and differently colored diamond kites.  To the easy-to-fly Fly-Hi kites, or the Shark, P-51, & Blue Angel kites, or even the advanced Box & Cellular Kites there is a kite for many people’s tastes!

These are just a few ideas, and we will have many more to come as Summer builds up. Make this a Summer of science fun!


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