Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gifts for boys and teens 4-18

Are you looking for a fun toy for the boy or teen on your list? Here are the most popular ones that readers have been buying up from Amazon:

First is the the Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750 that can build over 750 experiments with 80 parts. Next is the LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 which is described as follows:
Take LEGO to the next level with MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0. Combining the versatility of the LEGO building system with a microcomputer brick and intuitive programming software, this building kit enables you to construct robots that see, speak, feel, and move. Designed for ages 10 and up, the 2.0 robotics tool set features everything you need to create and program your first robot in approximately one hour.

Finally, a popular item is the Scientific Explorer's Mind Blowing Science Kit for Young Scientists. This kit is for younger kids from 4-8:
This smartly designed science kit allows young scientists to perform several amazing science experiments that range from erupting a color-changing volcano to growing colorful, jiggly crystals. Young scientists will learn about basic principles behind the science including the difference between acids and bases, and how to use a test tube and pipette.

The last toy mentions that adult supervision is necessary. Anyway, that seems to be what people are buying at Amazon for younger guys. If you have some additional suggestions, drop them in the comment section.

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Blogger David Foster said...

Flipping through the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog...there's s "hydrodynamics construction kit" which looks interesting: the kid can build working models of plastics plants, oil refineries, ice cream factories, etc. Price is $89.95.

There's also a flying car that you could get Glenn--only $350,000.

6:50 PM, December 14, 2010  
Blogger tomcal said...

For boys of that age, what could be nicer than a nice gun, and some professional training along with it?

8:13 PM, December 14, 2010  
Blogger tomcal said...

Oh, I thought it said 14 to 18. I'd hold off on the guns until about age 10.

8:15 PM, December 14, 2010  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: All
RE: Weeeeellllll....

....if the child has SERIOUS 'potential', I recommend Zome.

It's tinker toys for brainiacs: DNA, Dragonflies, buckyballs, etc., etc., etc....

Someone even built a four-foot long, two-foot high Chinese dragon.


[A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring; There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. -- Alexander Pope]

3:15 AM, December 15, 2010  
Blogger Ern said...

American Scientific and Surplus (www.sciplus.com) has lots of good things for boys, at very good prices. My nephews have greatly enjoyed many things that I've bought there and given them for their birthdays or for Christmas; I'm less sure that their parents enjoyed them, but the presents weren't for the parents.

8:03 AM, December 15, 2010  
Blogger Dr.Alistair said...

easy-bake oven now comes in blue....

10:15 AM, December 16, 2010  
Blogger Unknown said...

Classic balsa wood glider kits that can be built with father and son. www.aerosente.com

10:20 PM, December 16, 2010  
Blogger Nate Whilk said...

I don't think the "Scientific Explorer's Mind Blowing Science Kit for Young Scientists" is a good deal. Looking at "What's in the Box" on the Amazon page, everything there you already have or can easily get or find substitutes for for much less money. The exceptions are citric acid and "cross-linked polyacrylamide crystals". The first can be found at larger supermarkets under the name "sour salt". I'm not sure about the second, but it seems to be something like the stuff used in disposable diapers.

2:43 AM, December 17, 2010  

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