Magformers 14/30-Rainbow Piece Sets

Winner of Oppenheim Toy Portfolio – Best Toy Award! 2007, Magformers are magnets completely encapsulated inside plastic geometric shapes that rotate to their attraction position for instant connection and never reject! Create countless imaginative and creative geometric structures.

Creative minds love the freedom of the Magformers magnetic building sets! Magnets form into a sphere, house, tower and many other designs! This unique design ensures that the pieces always connect and is an attractive addition to any collection of construction!

The powerful 14 piece starter set (RP63069) only $19, includes14 Pcs Set-Idea Booklet and Instructions 48 magnets encapsulated inside 6 squares and 8 triangles. A regular (RP63068) and Rainbow (RP63076) 30 piece set are also available for a mere $35. Each 30 piece magnetic set includes 108 magnets encapsulated within 30 magformer pieces -18 squares 12 triangles.

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Magformers Carnival Set

Magformers newest creation, the Carnival Set (RP63074), is both entertaining and educational. Build the thrill rides shown and then experiement with different Magformer connections to create you own unique Carnival ride! Explore and experiment with three geometric shapes to create simple and complex 3-D models. Set includes 144 super powerful encapsulated magnets in 24 Squares, 12 Triangles, and 2 Hexagons. Get yours today for only $55!!


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Magformers XL/Cruiser/Emergency/Construction Set

Magformer magnets are safely encapsulated inside sturdy, brightly-colored plastic geometric shapes and spin freely to align and connect. Magformers XL Cruisers (RP63073) is a magnetic building set designed to create 3-D cruisers with ease. 30 piece magnetic building set includes 16 squares, 12 triangles, and 2 Hexagons pieces with 112 magnets, as well as a set of wheels. Explore and experiment combining the hexagons with the triangles and squares to create your own favorite XL Cruiser! There are 100’s of possibilities!

Now also availalable are the Emergency Magformers set (RP63079) that transforms into hundreds of imaginative emergency vehicles, and the Construction set (RP63080) which transform into hundreds of creative construction vehicles. Emergency set includes 6 Triangles, 5 Rectangles, 8 Squares, 6 Diamonds and 2 Trapezoids as well as Emergency Lights and Sound, and Vehicles Figurine! Construction set comes with 113 super powerful encapsulated magnets in (6 triangles, 2 rectangles, 11 squares, 4 diamonds and 3 trapezoids as well as Light and Sound.

Each set is retailed at only $40 for the XL/Cruiser and $50 for the Construction and Emergency set! Winner of the Oppenheim Gold Award as well as the 2007 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, Magformers is a versatile, quiet, intellectually-stimulating set that cleans up in a snap! Great gift for any child.

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Magformers Designer Set

New from Magformers! Feel the magnetic force and have countless hours of fun exploring the Magformer connection possibilities! Designer Set (RP63081) comes with 244 super powerful encapsulated magnets. Design and build many designs with the various pieces (20 triangles, 14 isosceles triangles, 22 squares, 4 diamonds an…d 2 trapezoids). Get it now at Utah Idaho Supply for only $110!!


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Science Project Ideas Level 3

  1. What type of line carries sound waves best?
  2. Can the sun’s energy be used to clean water?
  3. Does a green plant add oxygen to its environment?
  4. Which metal conducts heat best?
  5. What percentage of corn seeds in a package will germinate?
  6. Does an earthworm react to light and darkness?
  7. Does the human tongue have definite areas for certain tastes?
  8. Can same-type balloons withstand the same amount of pressure?
  9. Does the viscosity of a liquid affect its boiling point?
  10. Does surrounding color addect an insect’s eating habits?
  11. Do children’s heart rates increase as they get older?
  12. Can you use a strand of human hair to measure air moister?
  13. What materials provide the best insulation?
  14. Is using two eyes to judge distance more accurate than using one eye?
  15. Do different kinds of caterpillars eat different amounts of food?
  16. What plant foods contain starch?
  17. What keeps things colder – plastic wrap or aluminum foil?
  18. Does heart rate increase with increasing sound volume?
  19. Do boys or girls have a higher resting heart rate?
  20. Do liquids cool as they evaporate?
  21. Which way does the wind blow most frequently?
  22. Does the size of a light bulb affect its energy use?
  23. For how long a distance can speech be transmitted through a tube?
  24. Which grows mold faster – moist bread or dry bread?
  25. What type of soil filters water best?
  26. Does the color of a material affect its absorbtion of heat?
  27. Does sound travel best through solids, liquids, or gases?
  28. Do sugar crystals grow faster in tap water or distilled water?
  29. Can you see better if you limit the light that gets to your eye?
  30. How much of an apple is water?
  31. What common liquids are acid, base or neutral?
  32. Do taller people run faster than shorter people?
  33. Does the length of a vibrating object affect sound?
  34. Does a plant need some darkness to grow?
  35. Who can balance better on the balls of their feet – boys or girls?
  36. Does exercise affect heart rate?
  37. Which dish soap makes the longest lasting suds?
  38. What are the effects of chlorine on plant growth?
  39. Which type of oil has the greatest density?
  40. How accurately can people judge temperatures?

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Science Project Ideas Level 1

  1. How much salt does it take to float an egg?
  2. What kind of juice cleans pennies best?
  3. Which dish soap makes the most bubbles?
  4. Do watches keep time the same?
  5. On which surface can a snail move faster – dirt or cement?
  6. What brand of raisin cereal has the most raisins?
  7. How can you measure the strength of a magnet?
  8. Do ants like cheese or sugar better?
  9. Can the design of a paper airplane make it fly farther?
  10. Do the roots of a plant always grow downward?
  11. Can you tell what something is just by touching it?
  12. What kinds of things do magnets attract?
  13. What foods do mealworms prefer?
  14. How long will it take a teaspoon of food dye to color a glass of still water?
  15. Does a bath take less water than a shower?
  16. Can you tell where sound comes from when you are blindfolded?
  17. Can plants grow without soil?
  18. Does warm water freeze faster than cool water?
  19. In my class who is taller – the boys or the girls?
  20. Do different types of apples have the same number of seeds?
  21. Do bigger seeds produce bigger plants?
  22. Which materials absorb the most water?
  23. Do wheels reduce friction?
  24. What materials dissolve in water?
  25. What is the soil in my schoolyard made of?
  26. Does holding a mirror in front of a fish change what the fish does?
  27. What color birdseed do birds like best?
  28. What holds two boards together better – a nail or a screw?
  29. Will bananas brown faster on the counter or in the refrigerator?
  30. Does temperature affect the growth of plants?
  31. <li?Do mint leaves repel ants?

  32. Does a ball roll farther on grass or dirt?
  33. Do all objects fall to the grounf at the same speed?
  34. Does anyone in my class have the same fingerprints?
  35. Which travels faster – a snail or a worm?
  36. Which paper towel is the strongest?
  37. Can plants grow from leaves?
  38. Which dissolves better in water – salt or baking soda?
  39. Can things be identifies by just their odor?
  40. With which type of battery do toys run longest?

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Experts in Education – Math

Mary Margaret Pingree with Utah Idaho Supply, shares some fun ways to help kids brush-up on math.


Item #1
Counting with Coins
Play fun games with numbers while you are driving in the car, waiting to pick up someone at soccer practice or lying on the grass in the backyard. Each takes only a few minutes to play but helps your child feel comfortable with numbers and math. Here are a few simple examples: What Are the Coins?
With your spare change, pick a few coins and put them in your pocket. Then tell your child how much they are worth. Have your child guess the types of coins you have. Give them a turn when they guess it right. Here are some examples:

  • I have three coins in my pocket. They are worth 7 cents. What do I have? (a nickel and 2 pennies)
  • I have three coins in my pocket. They are worth 16 cents. What do I have? (a dime, a nickel, a penny)
  • I have six coins in my pocket. They are worth 30 cents. What could I have? (1 quarter and 5 pennies or 6 nickels).

Real Coins

Item #2
Put a store together with your child:
Your child can gather things from the kitchen or other parts of the house and pick prices for each item. Using cash register and play money, be the customer while your child is the cashier. Your child can add up the total first in their head and then check it with the cash register. Have your child write the total on a piece of paper, which will be your receipt.

  • While you and your child play store, you can ask questions like, “How much would it cost to buy three cartons of eggs? How much does one box of soap cost, if they are 2 for $5.00? How much do I owe, if I don’t buy the cereal?

Supermarket Set – Stock # LER2646 – $24.99

Item #3
Board games make math fun too.
A favorite of our staff and customers is Math Noodlers. Using a game board, players move around it by solving math problems in fun and creative ways. Children answer questions by choosing a Write It, Draw It, Show It or Choose It card. Wacky Cards pop up in each category to add some giggles to the game. Students in classroom tests had a blast as they hopped on one foot, counting by sevens or tried to repeat tongue twisters while solving the embedded word problem. Problems range from addition and subtraction to fractions, graphing, time, and money. Available in two different levels: Grades 2-3 and Grades 4-5. Each game is for 2-4 players. What better way to make math fun!
Grades 2-3 Stock # EPLRN2350 – $21.95
Grades 4-5 Stock # EPLRN2351 – $21.95

Item #4
Get your child not only thinking about math, but thinking about money and how you use it.
An easy way to do this is to use a product called Moonjar. An acrylic bank with three compartments for Saving, Spending and Sharing, this jar introduces basic money concepts and helps you talk to you child about your family’s financial values. The jar can be customized with pictures of what a child is saving for or the person or group they want to share with. Couple this product with a game called “Money Conversations to Go,” 100 open-ended questions that get the money conversation going. Another book that goes with this product introduces money. Another product that goes along with the Moonjar is a book tailored for a child’s mind that teaches money terms while teaching the basics of starting a business – a lemonade stand!
Paper Bank – Stock # MJ12101 – $7.95
Classic Bank – Stock # MJ12310 – $20.95
Family Kit – Stock # MJ12810 – $30.00

Item #5
Some children will find math more interesting is you combine it with other activities, such as art or reading.
A perfect way to do this is to try a fun product called Complete the Picture Math by Critical Thinking Co. Using math, reading, visual, and spatial reasoning skills, children solve an engaging word problem in order to complete and color an animal picture. This is a quick boredom buster that can be used after school, at home, and on trips to stimulate developing minds.
Book #1 – Stock # CTB03101 – $12.99 (grade 1)
Book #2 – Stock # CTB03102 – $12.99 (grade 2)
Book #3 – Stock # CTB03103 – $12.99 (grade 3)

Other Ideas Parents may consider:

  • 25 Super Cool Math Board Games- contains a package of math games that can be used to practice math.
  • Guess My Number – Let your child think of a number between two other numbers. You try to guess the number by asking questions. For example, if your child picks a number between 1 and 100, you could ask the following kinds of questions:
    • Is it more than 50?
    • Is it an even number?
    • Is it more than 20 but less than 40?
    • Can you reach it by starting at zero and counting by 3’s?
  • Make practicing math facts a game rather than a chore. Many children find simply drilling math facts boring and uninspiring. A simple game can make it much more enjoyable for children and parents. Using a deck of cards (you may want to remove some of the face cards or use a deck with just numbers), place all of the cards face down. To begin, each child turns two cards over as you would when playing concentration. Instead of looking for a match with the cards, the child should call out the sum, product or difference (decided before the game begins). If you get the answer correct, then the player gets to keep the set of cards. Whoever has the most cards at the end of the game wins.
  • At the grocery store, play math games with your child as you walk the aisles.
    Ask questions that get them using math as you shop. How much lower is the sale price of this item than the regular price? How much would two of these cost? Can you estimate the cost of the items we have in our cart so far? How much is this chicken per pound? How much would three pounds cost? There are endless possibilities.


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Science Project Ideas Level 2

  1. How far does a snail travel in one minute?
  2. Do different types of soil hold different amounts of water?
  3. Will adding bleach to the water of a plant reduce fungus growth?
  4. Does water with salt boil faster than plain water?
  5. How far can a person lean without falling?
  6. Can you tell time without a watch or a clock?
  7. How far can a water balloon be tossed to someone before it breaks?
  8. Does the shape of a kite affect its flight?
  9. Does an ice cube melt faster in air or water?
  10. Does sugar prolong the life of cut flowers?
  11. How much of an orange is water?
  12. Which liquid has the highest viscosity?
  13. Will more air inside a basketball make it bounce higher?
  14. Does the color of light affect plant growth?
  15. Does baking soda lower the temperature of water?
  16. Which brand of popcorn pops the most kernels?
  17. Which brand of popcorn pops fastest?
  18. How much can a caterpillar eat in one day?
  19. In my class, who has the biggest feet – the boys or the girls?
  20. Do plants grow bigger in soil or water?
  21. Does the color of water affect its evaporation?
  22. Can you separate salt from water by freezing?
  23. How does omitting an ingredient affect the taste of a cookie?
  24. Do suction cups stick equallly well to different surfaces?
  25. Which student in class has the greatest lung capacity?
  26. How much weight can a growing plant lift?
  27. Will water with salt evporate faster than water without salt?
  28. Does it matter in which direction seeds are planted?
  29. Which cheese grows cold the fastest?
  30. Do all colors fade at the same rate?
  31. Which brand of diaper holds the most water?
  32. In my class, who has the smallest hands – the boys or the girls?
  33. Which kind of cleaner removes ink stains best?
  34. Does a plant grow bigger if watered by milk or water?
  35. Which brand of soap makes the most suds?
  36. Does a baseball go farther when hit by a wooden or metal bat?
  37. Do living plants give off moisture?
  38. Using a lever, can one student lift another student who is bigger?
  39. Which gets warmer – sand or dirt?
  40. What kind of glue holds two boards together better?

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