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6 Super Science Toys for Kids

  • Spencer Jones

    Bug Off!
    Got a kid who loves all things wiggly? This fun science toy has the yuck-factor some kids totally love. The Bug Vacuum harmlessly sucks up real creepy-crawlies with a pull of the trigger and then deposits them in a container with a built-in magnifying glass. Plastic tweezers allow for up-close inspection, and there's even an extender tube (not shown) to get critters in hard-to-reach places. Eww! (Plastic bugs not included; $8.99, Amazon.com) 5 and up

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  • Mini-Magellan
    It's that classic vessel, updated for your modern sea voyager. Message in a Bottle contains a logbook, waterproof map and marker, and detailed info on tides, currents, and weather conditions. Your kid simply registers the bottle on Wheresmy bottle.com, writes the first entry in the log, and then tosses it in a river, stream, or ocean. When a new person finds it and adds data, the site notifies the bottle's owner. ($19.95; Cidermillpress.com) 10 and up

  • I Spy...
    The 3-in-1 Space Explorer Telescope lets your astronomer-in-training gaze through it, listen to facts about the stars and planets, and check out actual NASA images of Saturn, Jupiter, Halley's comet, and more.($24.50; Speedydog.net) 6 and up

  • Dino-mite Diggin'
    Think Operation -- but from the Mesozoic Era. With the Dino Xcavator, your child can learn dino facts as he tries to snag the bones without touching the sides of the holes. If he does, this skeleton comes alive and roars! ($19.75; Unclemilton.com) 5 and up

  • Spencer Jones

    Popular Science
    Most kids want a microscope sooner or later. The Optic Explorer Quick Switch magnifies up to 600x. Slides, tweezers, collection vials, and more complete the kit. ($45; Amnhshop.com) 8 and up

  • Spencer Jones

    Lunar Madness
    Set the glowing Moon in My Room to the current lunar phase, and then watch as it moves through the next, in sync with the one outside. ($24.50; Unclemilton.com) 6 and up

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    Fun Science Experiments for Kids

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