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  • Item #: 029587
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $32.50

    Travel with Ms. Frizzle and her class through the land of microscopy with this lab kit. This kit includes the things that young researchers need to explore the world of tiny things – microscope, blank slides, cover slips, tweezers, collecting vial, 20 colorful experiment and instruction cards, prepared slides of fungi and algae, and a data notebook for recording your own scientific observations all packaged in a cool Magic School Bus-shaped box. The microscope operates on 2 AA batteries (not included) and is made of plastic with 100, 300 and 600x magnification. Although that sounds powerful, this is still a toy and doesn't give the quality and clarity of higher priced microscopes. I spent some time looking at the prepared slides and had some difficulty with the viewing on 600x but got a pretty good view with the 100 and 300x settings. Overall this is a good starter set for beginning to explore with Ms. Frizzle. - Donna

  • Item #: 042050
    Retail: $111.10
    Rainbow Price: $87.95

    What a great starter scope! Many of the features you'll find on a more expensive scope are now available for the young scientist. This battery operated (3 AA batteries are not included) microscope has:

    • • rotatable nosepiece with 4X, 10X, and 40X objectives
    • • 10X widefield eyepiece on an inclined head
    • • 6 hole disc diaphragm
    • • real optical glass lenses
    • • 3 ½" x 3 ½" stage with spring mounted stage clips
    • • coarse focus knob
    • • dual LED lights
    • • powder-coated metal construction with sturdy plastic base

    View slides using the light below and solid objects with the upper light. You won't find this feature on any of our other microscopes. See slides up to a 400X magnification and solid objects up to 100X magnification. Look closely and you'll be able to see Abraham Lincoln sitting in his memorial on the back of the penny!

    This microscope comes with a nice accessory set which includes: 5 blank slides, 4 prepared slides, 1 concaved slide, slide labels, 10 cover glasses, pipette, forceps, lens paper, small plastic test tube, small plastic Petri dish, straight teasing needle, and red and blue dye. A 10-page user's manual explains how to prepare slides, operate the microscope, and offers suggestions for observation.

    The LED lights burn longer and cooler than incandescent lighting, so no chance of little fingers getting hot. An automatic stage stop is helpful in keeping the objectives from touching the slides; however, it doesn't work well with the 40X objective. This objective is longer and the stage doesn't stop soon enough before putting pressure on the slide. You'll also notice that there is no 'fine focus' knob. I thought that would be a problem getting things in focus, but really had very little difficulty. I looked at several slides and objects on all of the settings of this microscope. I'm really impressed with the features offered for such a low price. ~ Donna



    If you're not sure which microscope best fits your needs, check out our Microscope Comparison Sheet for a side-by-side comparison of all microscope models we offer.

  • Item #: 013247
    Retail: $128.16
    Rainbow Price: $99.95

    From the same company that provided us with an affordable quality microscope (#042050) for young scientists, we are excited to offer this upgrade option. Combines all of the great features of the My First Lab Duo Scope, which are:

    • rotatable nosepiece with 4X, 10X, and 40X objectives
    • 10X widefield eyepiece on an inclined head
    • 6 hole disc diaphragm
    • real optical glass lenses
    • 3.5" x 3.5" stage with spring clips
    • coarse focus knob
    • dual LED lights
    • powder-coated metal construction and sturdy plastic base
    • cordless battery power ( 3 AA batteries, not included)
    • Accessory Set: 5 blank slides, 4 prepared slides, 1 concave slide, slide labels, 10 cover glasses, pipette, forceps, lens paper, small plastic test tube, small plastic Petri dish, straight teasing needle, and red and blue dye.

    With expanded lab accessories to add more depth to your studies, this set also includes: a cloth dust cover, real bug specimens (2) encased in acrylic for safe viewing, a 20x Handheld Magnifier with LED and Black Light and my personal favorite "extra" –the Analyze This! Book. Although designed to accompany the Biology Slide Set from My First Lab, you will find this an excellent resource to any prepared Biology Slide Set (including many of the Apologia biology slides). What I love about this book is the full color photos of authentic, labeled microscope slides. No longer will you or your children have to worry about the accuracy of what your eyes see. Using the slides of your choice, view then draw and identify the specimens in your lab notebook and compare them to the images in this book. No more second-guesses! Also includes a 16 pg. user manual designed to teach compound and stereo microscope use, ideas for observation (with sample images) and user guide for the Handheld Magnifier (Mini-Inspector), including black light experiments. Finally, a microscope designed to grow with your children from middle school through the high school labs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 031665
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Flight; Heart and Lungs; Digestive System

  • Item #: 031663
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Bacteria and Fungi; Weight and Volume; Acids & Bases

  • Item #: 010443
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Seeds, Fruits, and Other Plant Parts; Eggs; Owls

  • Item #: 046404
    Retail: $99.95
    Rainbow Price: $89.90

    By customer request, we are adding this kit, the largest and most advanced of Thames & Kosmos' physics kits. Not just an "upgraded" version of the Physics Workshop, this takes young scientists further in their hands-on physics investigations, especially into the study of water and air. The full-color, 96-page experiment book contains 17 experiments to explore the properties of air and water, particularly with regard to air and water pressure, how air and water flow, and air and water relating to energy. Each section includes hands-on experiments to do, using the materials in the kit and some household items as well. The second half of the book contains instructions for building the models of real-world contraptions which show air and water in action. A hydraulic lift, rotating crane, water turbine, backhoe, wind tunnel, trick fountain and race car are just a few of the fourteen exciting projects. The 212 parts included in the kit are also compatible with other Physics Workshop, Physics Discovery and Physics Solar Workshop. Winner of a Parent's Choice Silver Award. – Jess

  • Item #: 045356
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $23.95

    Your budding botanist will find much to discover with this comprehensive kit. You can test soil's pH, use miniature garden tools and seed packets to prepare your own garden, learn about bugs, make a sun dial, make a terrarium, and more. A colorfully illustrated instruction manual is included, as is a data notebook students can use to write, draw and record their observations. The kit includes a pH chart, pH tray, gardening tray, pipette, plastic cup, data notebook, ruler, 8 peat pellets, 8 popsicle sticks, plastic terrarium pebbles, charcoal paper towel wicks, construction paper, circular cardboard foil, clay, a wooden dowel, 4 plastic bugs (ant, spider, beetle, and dragonfly), a sticker sheet, 6 packets of seeds (wheat, spinach, beans, zinnia, marigolds, and mixed seeds), a shovel, a rake, a watering can, and an instruction manual. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 039832
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $32.50

    Would you rather learn about engineering from a book, or by building, doing and experimenting? Go with Ms. Frizzle as she explains engineering and takes you through examples of engineering that we see around us. 33 double-sided experiment cars teach you about light reflection, solar ovens, designing a car, constructing a balloon jet, and much more. The set includes the following supplies: a solar panel, string, tubing, cardboard base and wheels, circular papers and cardboard, black construction paper, clothespin, 2 thin dowels, data notebook for recording information, buzzer, balloons, wires with alligator clips, glue, motor, flashlight, measuring cup, craft sticks, straws, foil, black and white paper, wire without insulation, stickers, and a paper cup. Each card lists the materials needed and procedure for the activity. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 031667
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Mirrors; Electricity; Circuits and Electromagnets

  • Item #: 031666
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Bones and Muscles; The Senses; Light

  • Item #: 031660
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Surface Tension; Polymers; Famous Scientists and Their Experiments

  • Item #: 006758
    Retail: $9.50
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    Frog's Egg, Frog Embryo, Tadpole-EArly Stage, Tadpole-Outside Gills, Tadpole-Inside Gills, Young Frog, Young Frog-Tail Disappearing, Adult Frog

  • Item #: 064671
    Retail: $11.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.50

      Add this little set to your science curriculum to perform simple experiments. The set includes 5 heavy plastic test tubes w/ screw on lids, 5 activity cards and one test tube rack (five test tube holder). Each test tube holds 35mL (about 1 oz), and activities are very simple and done with items in your kitchen – mixing oil and water, dissolving items, colored flowers, liquid density, baking soda and vinegar reaction. Activity cards are 5.5x8.5”, and include a materials list, step-by-step instructions, observations, and explanation of the results. This is a very nice starter for your young scientists. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 061900
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    This model kit allows your young dinosaur enthusiast to take their passion to the next level! Children will experience the thrill of being a paleontologist as they construct the 15" T-Rex layer by layer, from squishy organs to the clear plastic body shell. Dinosaur includes 5 squishy organs (heart, intestines, lungs, stomach, and tongue), 9 plastic bones and muscles, and clear outer shell pieces. Once completed, your dinosaur can be displayed on the plastic 'rock' stand. Kit also includes The Mighty Rex, a 24-pg. book from Dennis Schatz, a noted scientist from Seattle's Pacific Science Center. Evolutionary content. Detailed instructions included. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 061896
    ISBN: 9781449396596
    Retail: $34.99
    Rainbow Price: $25.95

    Subtitled, “All Lab, No Lecture” and this book delivers! Truly a DIY Science book, you will find this a valuable resource with a completely illustrated guide to setting up a home biology lab without expensive lab equipment (high school quality microscope required), as well as an easy to use lab manual for a rigorous first-year high school biology course. Beginning with an overview of how to use the book, set up a home biology lab (including how to choose a microscope) and lab safety, the book dives into 30 lab sessions that incorporate nearly 80 separate procedures! Following each procedure are review questions that require students to analyze the activities using the scientific process.

    Topically, students will learn how to master the microscope and build and observe a microcosm. They will also explore the chemistry of life: acids, bases, and buffers, carbohydrates and lipids, proteins, enzymes and vitamins; life processes (plants); ecology; genetics; cells and unicellular organisms, including protista, fungi, plants and animals (worms). Each lab procedure begins with a list of equipment and materials used. While many of these are easy to find, there are some specialized items you will need available to begin: goggles, forceps, gloves, book light or lamp, various prepared slides (call for list); cover slips; glycerol; pipettes; scalpel, well and flat slides; methylene blue; butane lighter (flame source); microtome (instructions included to make your own); eosin Y; Gram’s Iodine; Hucker’s crystal violet; 70% ethanol; methylcellulose; pH paper; particulate mask; centrifuge tubes (15 and 50 ml); fertilizer concentrate; hydrochloric acid; lead (II) acetate; acetic acid; Beakers (10, 100 and 250 ml); graduated cylinder; 24 and 96 well reaction plate; sodium hydroxide solution; Barfoed’s reagent; Benedict’s reagent; dextrose; Seliwanoff’s reagent; test tubes/test tube rack and test tube clamp; Sudan III stain; Ascorbic Acid tablet; sodium hydroxide; thermometer; sodium dodecyl sulfate; alligator clip leads; agar; Safranin O stain; chromatography paper; bromothymol blue; Ammonium Nitrate; Nitrogen Free Fertilizer (concentrate A-B-C) inoculating loop; rhizobia inoculum; vermiculite; balance; Sodium Borate solution; PTC test strips; Amoxicillin antibiotic cap; Antibiotic powders (chlortetracycline, neomycin and sulfadimethoxine); and teasing needles. But don’t let the specialized equipment scare you from this great resource! The authors’ website The Home Scientist offers a standard kit containing these items (with the exception of commonly found items, the balance and the prepared slides). This website also includes links to recommended secular, online Biology textbooks, as well as a syllabus aligned to the 2nd ed. Apologia Biology text and the BJU 4th ed. Biology textbook, which makes this a worthwhile option for obtaining high school Biology with Lab credit on your child’s high school transcript. This would also make an excellent resource to use alongside the Holt Biology course, or to add a lab science credit to a Charlotte Mason/Living Book Science experience. Detailed index adds to the ease of use for creating your own Biology lab at home. 358 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 047956
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $23.95

    Even if you live in an urban area, you can still learn all about animal tracks and make your own realistic casts with this kit from Young Scientist's Club. The kit includes plaster of Paris, a brush, sand, two bowls, an animal track game with 80 cards, a poster, stickers, two popsicle sticks, a measuring cup, watercolor paint and an instruction manual. Play the card game to match animals with their tracks (learning 40 animal tracks in the process!), and place matching animal and track stickers on the poster. Several groups of animal tracks are featured at the bottom of the poster – can you tell the "story" behind them? Then get ready to make your own set of animal track casts using the eight included molds and plaster! After you've perfected your casting technique, it's time to look for animal tracks in nature. When you find one, follow the instructions to capture the track using wet plaster and add your "wild find" to your new collection of animal tracks. The full-color instructions walk parent and child through the activities and directions, and provide a place to record answers and observations. This would be a fun kit to explore before taking a hiking, hunting or camping trip; you could even take the animal track matching game on the road with you for the whole family to enjoy! – Jess

  • Item #: 043174
    Retail: $134.95
    Rainbow Price: $121.40

    Microscope activity books are great if you already have everything you need to start making your own slides, but what if you don't? That's why I like this kit. The experiment manual is solid enough to stand on its own - a rarity in most science kits today - and the kit includes everything you need to begin using the microscope, exploring prepared slides, and preparing and making your own slides. The full-color 48-page manual begins by explaining microscope use and care, as well as how to safely make thin slices from specimens using a scalpel or razor blade. Then young scientists are ready to start observing! The following sections focus on viewing cells of different types, including cheek cells, onion skin, onion cells affected by salt, egeria/elodea, various fruits and vegetables, starch from foodstuffs, hydra, pollen grains, salt and sugar crystals, insect wings, insect specimens, mushrooms, root hairs, watermelon water ducts, blades of grass, leaves, hair, nettle hairs, and feathers. Each section provides informational text about the subject viewed, detailed instructions on how to make and mount the specimen, tips on specimen-making techniques, and photos of photographed specimens under the microscope. Since the student will probably not be very proficient at preparing their own slides, several prepared slides are included as examples, and the more difficult-to-make specimens are saved for later in the book. The photos of example specimens are also helpful for beginners. Unlike many microscope kits, this one actually has a fairly decent microscope. It is constructed of metal and plastic microscope and has pretty good focusing ability. Features include: a monocular 10X eyepiece, 4X, 10X and 40X glass objective lenses (for 40X, 100X and 400X total magnification). The microscope includes two bright LED lights, one above and one below the stage. This kit would be a great choice for a microscope study, along with a science curriculum, or just for the interested student, especially if you are not planning on investing in a good-quality microscope in the future. Kit includes the experiment manual, microscope, blank slides, prepared slides, coverslips, tweezers, a dissection needle, a scalpel, a pipette, Petri dish with lid, stain, lens paper, blank labels for slides, and a dust cover for the microscope. Microscope requires 3 AA batteries (not included). - Jess



    If you're not sure which microscope best fits your needs, check out our Microscope Comparison Sheet for a side-by-side comparison of all microscope models we offer.

  • Item #: 033116
    Retail: $34.00
    Rainbow Price: $27.95

    This is a fine little starter set for your younger scientists. This durable, plastic microscope has three objectives (4X, 10X, 40X) and a 10X eyepiece, dual-focus knob, top and bottom LED lighting, and operates on 3 AA batteries (not included). Top lighting allows you to look at tiny solid objects (such as the details on a coin), and bottom lighting allows you to look at prepared slides or your own created slides. Also included in the set are enough items to get your curious researchers started: brine shrimp egg specimen, yeast specimen vial, 3 empty specimen vials, graduated cylinder, 8 blank slides, hatchery, specimen slicer, 3 prepared slides, 8 slide labels and cover slips, plastic pipette, magnifying glass, plastic forceps and manual. The manual includes information about your scope and accompanying items, operating instructions and a few suggestions for observation. This is very much like the one my daughter began with in early elementary school and we progressed from there! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 031668
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Magnetism; Static Electricity; Tornadoes, Clouds and the Water Cycle

  • Item #: 031664
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Water; Capillary Action; Air

  • Item #: 031662
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Minerals; Geodes; Fossils

  • Item #: 031661
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Weather Station; Solids, Liquids and Gases; Volcanoes

  • Item #: 031659
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Stars; Planets; Forces

  • Item #: 031658
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Recycling; Scientific Measurements; Magnets

  • Item #: 029546
    ISBN: 9780761156871
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.80

    Science history mixed in with science experiments and application can set the stage for catastrophe. Join the science journey from pre-history to present day as you learn about scientists and events that had catastrophic potential but the outcome of greatness. This 300+ page, hardcover book holds 34 chapters and 50 experiments taking you from Stone Age tools and the discovery of fire to the Hadron Collider in 2008. Read with a discerning mind as you witness accounts that are based in fact and theory and do experiments that apply data and concepts. Some experiments are as simple as buying a package of Wintergreen Lifesavers© to learn about lightning to making a soda bottle rocket as you try to understand Robert Goddard's thinking. Items for experiments can be found around your house or at your local retailer, and are coded as to the amount of risk (amount of adult supervision). A list of materials and step-by-step instructions (with visuals) are included in each chapter. Have some fun and learn about 'dangerous' scientific discoveries like smashing atoms, using lasers, black holes, and x-rays. This book is for your 'daring young scientist.' ~ Donna

  • Item #: 029142
    ISBN: 9780836134797
    Retail: $11.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    Michael Faraday, inventor of the electric motor, transformer, and generator - who is now considered today the father of electronics - was once warned that he would probably amount to nothing! And to most people, that would have been a fair guess. After all, he left school at a young age, had only the rudiments of an education, and was hindered by a speech impediment his whole life (he couldn't say his 'r's). However, with humility, faith and persistence, he overcame his background and set his mind to developing the inventions that would propel the world into the modern age. Author Charles Ludwig traces the life of this famous, God-fearing scientist from a young boy to his death in 1867, in a highly readable, fictionalized account that is sure to hold the interest of even the non-science minded. Doesn't it make you wonder what God can do with your life? 208 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 024649
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.00

    Designed to teach children the ins and outs of energy through the use of a hand crank power generator, this kit will engage children of all ages as they quickly realize that they that have the ability to "control" the amount of electricity provided by the speed and strength used to turn the crank! The see-through power generator allows children to observe electricity production in action while they complete six experiments that introduce light, sound, stored energy and the motor car. Detailed instructions and diagrams along with a summary of expected results will make this a favorite among your young scientists. The kit contains all the necessary components to complete each experiment. Your children only need to supply the physical strength to power the generator. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 023525
    ISBN: 9781885593832
    Retail: $12.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.75

    More than just an activity book, this guide takes students on a tour of chemistry through nearly all the elements! After a brief orientation to review what atoms and elements are, students are introduced to the periodic table and its organization. Each chapter afterwards focuses on a family of the periodic table, from the alkali metals to the noble gases, and the transition metals, lanthanides and actinides in between. Although most elements are at least introduced, much more time is spent learning about and investigating the more common elements that we interact with every day. A good mix of information, interesting trivia facts, and activities are incorporated into every chapter, all presented in an energetic and fun manner with excellent concept explanations. In the chapter on metalloids, the unique properties of metalloids are discussed, and then young scientists are set loose to experiment with boron by making Borax slime, investigate silicon through old electronics parts and the properties of Silly Putty, observe the anti-static properties of polonium, and read about the properties of other metalloid family members. The experiments require mostly commonly found household materials, and are pretty simple to perform. Although some of them are very standard simple chemistry experiments I expected, others are very unique. Presented at a level most kids can understand, this comprehensive activity guide won't bore them with a load of information, but offers students a taste of the elements and chemical concepts they are sure to encounter in a high school course and in a fun, inviting way. I would recommend this one for use either as a hands-on unit to use alongside an elementary textbook curriculum, or with an introductory chemistry course such as Friendly Chemistry, or the Elements: Intro to Chemistry. And above all, just enjoy it! - Jess

  • Item #: 022318
    ISBN: 9781463549152
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    If you can gather some household supplies, make a weekly trip to the library and delve into this book, you will not only have the makings of an exciting, hands-on science program, but I bet you'll have some very enthusiastic young scientists on your hands too! Easy-to-read and easy to use, this guide is packed with loosely-scripted teaching suggestions and relevant hands-on activities for children ages 4-13. The guide contains 20 topical chapters; ten for children 4-7 and ten for children 8-13. For ages 4-7 chapters include: the senses, human body, dinosaurs, animals, insects/bugs, magnets, stars and planets, health, plants, and animal ecology. Chapter topics for ages 8-13 are: insects, microscopes and invisible creatures, atoms and molecules, matter, chemistry, weather, force and motion, simple machines, light and color and plants. Each chapter begins with a list of materials needed, which are predominantly common household items and food items. The rest of the chapter walks you through the activities – and these are not your typical "stick a piece of celery into a glass of colored water" type activities, but lively, effective activities that will likely seem almost like play - especially to younger students. For instance, in the chapter on insects for 4-7 year-olds, you'll go on a "small creatures activity hunt" looking for insect homes, make a spider web out of string, pretend to be young spiders "ballooning" into the breeze, make a spider snack, make straw proboscises and use them like a butterfly, burst out of a toilet-paper "cocoon" like a caterpillar, make butterfly print paintings, do a bee "dance," locate a trail of ants outdoors, experiment with sow bugs' lighting preferences and more. Occasionally, activities will reference a specific book to read, a DVD (like a Magic School Bus video) or a specific kit to do (if you do these activities, you'll need to plan in advance to have these things on hand). For comparison, here are a few of the activities you'll do in the insects chapter for older students: learn about animal classification and coming up with a mnemonic device to remember the classification groups, demonstrate how an insect molts by inflating a balloon inside a paper bag, draw the butterfly life cycle, keep mealworms and crickets to observe metamorphosis, draw and label the parts of a cricket, play some outdoor games to practice insect communication methods, investigate insect camouflage by scattering colored toothpicks in the grass and more. The chapters for 8-13 year-olds also each include a 10-question multiple-choice test at the end (answers are found at the end of the book). It's designed simply, with no extra fluff - teaching text or explanations are in regular text and activity instructions in italic font. Occasional black-and-white diagrams and illustrations aren't fancy but provide useful examples. All in all, it's a practical, user-friendly science resource that could be used as the basis for a science program or as an activity resource. 201 pgs, pb. – Jess