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@NYC Toy Fair 2009 – One of our favorites, Thames & Kosmos Science kits… The big news for 2009 was the “Dangerous book for boys” books getting turned in to kits – I think this will be a trend for not only science/kid based books, but beyond.

The Dangerous Book for Boys: Classic Chemistry presents chemistry every child should know through fun, engaging, and impressive experiments and activities. Children ages eight and up learn about atoms, elements, compounds, and bonding. They experiment with chemical reactions involving acids and bases, indicators, electrochemistry, and various metals, metalloids, and nonmetals. The kit’s 30 experiments also include making plastic, slime, a smoke bomb, and even a stink bomb (because, as may go without saying, stink bombs are essential chemistry learning for every child). Although updated for today’s kids and current safety standards, parents and grandparents will appreciate this nostalgic kit.

A similar story, but for electronics, is The Dangerous Book for Boys: Essential Electronics. Designed for children ages eight and up, this kit uses 30 stimulating experiments and activities to teach classic electronics lessons. Children learn about electricity, conductors, circuits, voltage, current, and power, and experiment with resistance, capacitors, diodes, LEDs, and logical circuits. They build an electromagnet, an electric motor, a voltaic pile, a joy buzzer, and a vibrating bug. True to our Classic Science line, this kit will fascinate kids, parents, and grandparents alike.

Thames & Kosmos (T&K) was founded in 2001 with the mission of improving informal science education by publishing high-quality science and technology related educational products for children of all ages. T&K places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through hands-on modeling of real-world devices and processes, and by offering comprehensive, meaningful reading materials for a rich learning experience. T&K is headquartered in Portsmouth, R.I. Thames & Kosmos operates as the exclusive North American distributor for the science kit line of our partner company — the 187-year-old, German-based publishing house, Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH. Kosmos has an existing line of high-quality science kits that T&K translates, rewrites and distributes in the English language. T&K has also started to design its own new science kits in 2005. Thames & Kosmos currently offers more than 60 science kits in eleven categories: Chemistry, Physics, Alternative Energy & Environmental Science, Technology & Electronics, Biology, Earth Science & Natural History, Fun & Fundamentals, Astronomy, Classic Science, Little Labs, and Sophisticated Science.

We stock many of the Thames & Kosmos kits in the Maker Shed too!