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  • Item #: 021829
    Retail: $49.95
    Rainbow Price: $24.95

    This set, designed with girls in mind, includes all the pieces you need to build a Boston Manor house.

    72 pieces each, with different panel designs included for variation.

  • Item #: 063985
    ISBN: 9780763669904
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.25

      This very detailed book starts off by getting the reader to look around them and think about how far technology has brought us in how comfortably we live. Today, we take running water and electricity for granted. Buildings were adapted for safety and a need to house the population. Illustrations and a very well-written text walk you through various man-made structures. Several pages even fold out to show a larger illustration. Some notable buildings include the Pyramid of Djoser in Egypt, various temples of Greece, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Notre Dame in Paris, the Forbidden City in Beijing and lots more. You don’t just read about the architecture, you learn about the individual artisans who worked together, who paid for the structures, and problems that arose during construction. There is so much historical information, you could add this to about any world history curriculum or even create an original unit study around this beautiful hardcover book! Author Patrick Dillon, illustrated by Stephen Biesty. Hc, 10” x 11.5”, 95pp. ~ Sara


  • Item #: 000674
    Retail: $17.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.12

    Build a hang glider, motorcycle, surf board and more, complete with a little K'Nex guy to ride them in this 250-piece set.

  • Item #: 015783
    ISBN: 9781591747932
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.98
    Blast off as you get ready to make your own spaceship with the help of this fun kit! This Klutz kit contains a full-color instruction manual full of step-by-step illustrations that show you how to use the 180 sturdy cardboard building cards included to create a model spaceship. Each of the building cards have slots that you match up and slide together to create sturdy building pieces to create a very realistic-looking spaceship. Once youââ‚™ve completed the model you can take it apart and try to make a spaceship of you own design. A small space explorer figurine is also included. Whether you make the spaceship that is outlined in the instruction manual or one of your own, just make sure it is ready for liftoff! ââ‚" elise
  • Item #: 063088
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $16.95
    Calling all architects! Design buildings suited to particular kinds of folk for different needs. What kind of features would work well on a school for robots? Set includes six client cards, six project cards, ten think cards, a drawing frame/content case, an idea pad, a drawing pad, and instructions/rules.
  • Item #: 008068
    Retail: $209.99
    Rainbow Price: $187.95

    Students will love constructing replicas of famous bridges such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Sydney Harbor Bridge, London's Tower Bridge, and more. Seven bridges (cantilever, bascule, suspension, beam, truss, arch, and cable-stayed) are possible, with the capacity to build two at a time. Students can test the load strength and stability of different bridges, do cost analysis, research background information and more. 2,282 pieces. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 039063
    ISBN: 9780978503765
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50
    It was a different way of life, being a pioneer in the west, and perhaps hard for some to really imagine. Well, imagine no longer. The 25+ roll-your-sleeves-up-and-get-stuck-in projects of all different kinds will bring you face to face (from the comfort of your own home, of course) with life as a pioneer. Build replica sod houses, log cabins and covered wagons; make your own 3-D maps, pemmican, and butter; cross-stitch, journal, garden, and more. History really opens up through the facts, anecdotes, biographies, trivia, and great activities in this book. Well-illustrated with pictures and maps, this 122 page softcover book is sure to please. Zach
  • Item #: 000662
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    This set contains 126 classic K'Nex pieces to build five different outer space models including a space rover and a spaceship.

  • Item #: 036051
    Retail: $43.99
    Rainbow Price: $34.25

    Lauri's Tall-Stacker Pegs are irresistible to little hands. The way they easily stack together and the way the pegs sink into the sturdy crepe rubber base invites endless tower-building. This new building set includes plenty of sturdy Tall-Stacker Pegs and a variety of crepe rubber platforms in different sizes, shapes, and colors. With a lot of play and a little planning, children can build an endless variety of colorful structures and towers! Set includes 100 Tall-Stacker Pegs, 17 assorted crepe rubber tower platforms, and one thick base mat with 100 peg holes.

  • Item #: 046804
    ISBN: 9780794523503
    Retail: $13.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.29

    Peek inside some of the world's most magnificent structures with this lift-the-flap book. The Great Pyramid, Colosseum, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Notre Dame Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, Himeji Castle, Tower of London, Guggenheim Museum, and Sydney Opera House are all featured with colorful, detailed illustrations and explanatory captions. Portions of each building contain flaps to lift that provide views of the inside. For example, the Colosseum scene shows the exterior of the structure, but when the flap is lifted, you get to see the interior of the Colosseum filled with crowds of spectators cheering on the gladiators. The scene also contains additional flaps with information about weapons and helmets. The book is packed with interesting background information about how the structures were built, the purposes of the buildings, and their cultural and historical impact. The back of the book has a two-page spread comparing the interiors, exteriors, and heights of skyscrapers around the world. 14 thick pgs, hc. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 032485
    Retail: $69.99
    Rainbow Price: $54.50
    Use the 352 parts in this kit to build 16 fully-functioning replicas of real-world machines, one at a time, and expand upon knowledge of simple machine concepts. Models include: a tow truck (pulley), a paddle wheel boat (wheel and axle), and a carousel (gears). Students are able to investigate and experiment with their models while synthesizing and analyzing information. Who knew that you could learn so much while building with K'Nex? The included teacher's guide is aligned to STEM standards and promotes deeper thinking by asking questions and presenting challenges. – Rachel
  • Item #: 025113
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $60.00

    One of the more popular Kapla building sets. 200 planks is a good middle number to start out with; more versatility in building options than with the smaller sets and less expensive than the larger sets. Included is a booklet of various building techniques with 40 illustrations and photographs.

  • Item #: 017509
    ISBN: 9781934670026
    Retail: $21.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.95
    This fascinating book takes an in-depth look at the country of China, through interesting information and tons of fun projects. A timeline in the front of the book shows all the dynasties of China, from 1600 BCE to 1644 CE, and the rest of the book is divided up into chapters covering Chinese civilization, cities and architecture, paper, writing and education, warriors and weapons, jade and silk, merchants and trade, explorers and sailing, healers and medicine, farming, food, time and space, music, Chang Heng's seismograph, and numbers. Each chapter is packed full of interesting information about Chinese culture, what we have gleaned from it, the development of different inventions and much more. Tons of project ideas are included, so students can further their understanding and practice making Chinese articles. Students will build a Feng Shui house, make paper, moveable type, ink, jade jewelry, a compass, Chinese egg noodles, tea, ice cream, an abacus and much more. The project ideas all have clearly marked lists of supplies and easy-to-follow directions. Black and white illustrations appear throughout the book, and a glossary and index are included in the back. Softcover, 122 pages. ~ Megan
  • Item #: 063461
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $23.50
    Go supersonic with this awesome building set! Create a land rocket from 275 pieces, then head to the K'Nex website where you can find bonus directions for a Mach Speed Car. – Laura
  • Item #: 040531
    ISBN: 9780977129454
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50
    Hands-on activities are great for adding some fun to your learning, especially when it comes to an exciting subject like ancient Egypt. This book provides 25 hands-on building projects and activities that only need easy to find materials like drinking straws, spray paint, rope, duct tape, newspaper, flour, etc. Students will build their own papyrus boat, make mud bricks, construct a cat statue, bake flatbread, make and play a senet game, build a peek-inside sanctuary, and so much more. Detailed step-by-step directions are given for each project. There are lists of materials needed and an estimated time it should take to finish each project, but there's more to it than just the activities. Each project is combined with historical facts, anecdotes, biographies, and trivia that somehow ties in with the project. Text boxes, captivating "Did You Know?" segments, and "Words to Know" sections (which define various Egyptian terms) all come together to get the most educational value out of the fun hands-on projects in this book. Included are black and white illustrations and diagrams that add a lot of interest to the information. A great supplement to any study on ancient Egypt. 122 pages, softcover. Rachel
  • Item #: 063468
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $28.95
    This kit adds wheels to the classic building toy that has been around for more than 100 years. Construct a pull-along duck, race cars, and any wheelin' thing you can think up! This set includes 76 sturdy, colorful pieces that easily snap together, even for little ones. Zoom zoom! - Laura
  • Item #: 061483
    ISBN: 9780395892732
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.25

    Tree houses offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life for children, teens and adults alike. While plans abound for creating a perfect tree house, this book gives you a different perspective. Take the basic, foundational treehouse and adapt it to your own situation and needs. Designed for the inexperienced or experienced builder, the book begins with evaluating the best place for your treehouse before moving into the basic tools necessary for success. Basic safety measures are covered as well as clear, simple instructions and non-technical line drawings to illustrate every step of the project from imagination and early sketches to the final shingle (if you chose to roof). Full color photographs highlight a variety of tree house projects to stir your creativity, or feel free to create your own space using the five basic designs provided. This book also includes instructions for a variety of tree house accessories for complete tree house experience for example: furniture, installing a fire pool or emergency escape hatch, slides, swings and even a rope bridge! The author states the basic tree house can be completed in one weekend. I suspect the time needed may extend depending on builder skills and elaborateness of your plan. A fun, family project book for all ages! In fact, I love the adult tree house ideas and may just suggest building a relaxing tree house getaway to my husband! 127 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 012402
    ISBN: 9780448484266
    Retail: $5.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.50
  • Item #: 050036
    Retail: $30.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.76
    (Publisher Discription) 100 piece wooden building block set in Camouflage Colors. The perfect set for the outdoor enthusiast! 4 exciting colors: green, olive, brown, khaki plus natural color blocks (20 blocks of each color). Building guide included. Building with Citiblocs is simple: stack one block on top of another. Made of eco-friendly pine wood from New Zealand, their specific size and shape and weight allows building that is simply not possible with other building toys. Build a small cabin by the lake or a tower that reaches the stars!
  • Item #: 027332
    ISBN: 9781584766704
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.50

    Develop your child's reading and math skills with the help of this hands-on, interactive book. This book and game combination reinforces the following skills: decoding short-vowel words, building short-vowel words, understanding word families, finding patterns in words, identifying beginning and ending sounds, and identifying rhyming words. After reading the catchy short story about word families (-ad, -an, -at, -ed, -et, -ig, -it, -og, -op, -ug, -um, etc.), use the 40 included cards to build 3-4 letter words while playing a unique version of the classic game of dominos. - Enh

  • Item #: 034549
    ISBN: 9781591747611
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50
    Tired of cut-out put together models? Flimsy playing card towers? 3-D puzzles which take hours to put together? Well, don't despair any longer - How to Build Castles includes over 150 sturdy building cards with slits so they fit with any other card in the set. Instructions are included for building towers, bridges, walls, roofs, spires, floors - anything you would need to construct a small medieval village or a huge castle of your imagination. You can build easily and take apart easily, allowing for reconstruction or completely new designs. Kit even includes a small knight to settle in your dwellings.
  • Item #: 047230
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.50

    All right, you lovers of hands-on activities! Here's a good one for you! This game is subtitled "A Creative Way to Build an Endless Number of Sentences Using 250 Puzzle Pieces." Each laminated puzzle piece has a word or punctuation or empty blank. The pieces are color-coded into groups: punctuation, verbs, nouns, articles, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and personal pronouns. You can choose from a variety of games designed to build knowledge of parts of speech, sentence construction, vocabulary, and punctuation. In one game, you'll build sentences with a blank space for a noun, and the children will find a noun to put into the sentence. In another game, children take turns building sentences one piece at a time. Of course, if you're working with only one child, you can be the other player. In another game, children have to unscramble the puzzle pieces. In another game, players spin a spinner to accumulate pieces until they have enough to build a sentence. There are two other games, and you can even make up your own. As a former English teacher/tutor, I can tell you that with any game like this, you'll encounter words that can appear in more than one part of speech; be on guard against potential confusion. Other than that caveat, I only see two other tiny flaws. The writer of the instructions completely forgot to list the pink-coded personal pronouns in the list of categories, and the cyan blue of the adverbs looks too close to the blue of the verbs. But those are all minor points. Now, you're ready to have loads of fun building sentences and learning grammar. ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 048988
    Retail: $25.99
    Rainbow Price: $21.95

    This 334-piece set contains materials to build a T-Rex, Brontosaurus, Pterodactyl and more. Instructions and building ideas are included for over 20 different dinosaur models. Use the motion-activated sound brick to bring them to life! Packaged in a storage container. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 000187
    ISBN: 9780385316408
    Retail: $17.00
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    Appalled at the lack of cultural literacy (75% of 3100 Ivy League college students could not identify the author of the Gettysburg Address) in American society, author E.D. Hirsch, Jr. has made a life work of providing the framework for an educational sequence which builds knowledge year by year. The result is the Core Knowledge Series -aka- What Your Grader Needs to Know. This companion identifies quality children's books. Each of the six general subject areas - language arts, history and geography, visual arts, music, science, and mathematics - is introduced by a brief summary of the main topics in the corresponding subject of the Core Knowledge Sequence. Then follows a detailed and annotated bibliography of quality books loosely grouped into age-appropriate categories for younger and older children. Helpfully, "Core Collection" - those items considered most worthy - are listed throughout. Armed with this book and a Needs to Know book, a homeschooling mom would have the main tools she needs to develop a comprehensive, challenging curriculum. 360 pgs. Janice

  • Item #: 007964
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $35.95

    If you like to change your mind, this is the set for you! With instructions for building 20 different models, this set is only limited by two things - imagination and the 259 pieces in the set. Generally, only one model can be built at a time, and the choice becomes "What first?" The guitar? The sailboat? The house photo frame or the cat photo frame? That still leaves a shark, swing set, truck, sea plane, trike, catamaran, digger. super bike, windmill, SUV, dump truck, swing ride, cement mixer, dirt track racer, chopper, and a round & round ride to choose from. What'll it be?

  • Item #: 031826
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.39

    This 2 sided board is multi-level and works with all Wedgits sets. Build them up and across and be an architectural designer... with Wedgits! ~ Phyllis

  • Item #: 054040
    Retail: $24.95
    Rainbow Price: $16.33

    100 pieces.

  • Item #: 034788
    ISBN: 9781592281923
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    This book holds instructions for lots of great treehouses and the like. This book was designed for dads (or moms!) to use alongside their kids, as all of the projects do require some carpentry as well as a working knowledge of tools and building materials (most of what you need to know is included in the book, but unless you have someone with experience helping it might be difficult to understand). While some of the projects could be weekend projects (with a little preparation), some of the more impressive plans might turn into a summer project (if you are under the time constraints of most families!). Either way, simple directions are given in progressive steps, with black and white illustrations aiding in the process. Designs for a couple small additions like a catapult and some snow ideas are given in the back. This would also make a wonderful project for a father/child course in carpentry after the child has completed a simpler woodworking course. 96 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 018198
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.50
  • Item #: 019473
    ISBN: 9781550749250
    Retail: $5.95
    Rainbow Price: $5.25

    This title sounds like trouble, right? Well, occasionally they may need a bit of help, but otherwise you can rest easy and let your kids go to town constructing the random, battery-powered gadgets in this book. Clear directions and helpful illustrations guide children through the building of an illuminated fork (just in case!), electric dice, a robot hand, a two-speed back scratcher and seven other unique inventions using readily available materials and simple tools. ~ Steph