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Great Travel Activities!

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February break is upon us, and many people will be traveling this week. Here are some fun travel games and activities to keep everyone occupied during a long car trip!

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Magnetic games
are great to play in the car, in a hotel room, or at a campsite, since all of the pieces stick to the board, making them difficult to misplace!



Travel Scavenger Hunt For Kids
–  To play, each player takes five cards and tries to locate various roadside objects. Players may have to find a red car, a school bus, a license plate with the letter “z” and many others. In addition, several funny “Hear It”, “Feel It” and “Smell It” cards encourage kids to use all their travel senses by listening for sounds, feeling for bumps and sniffing for scents.


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Melissa & Doug Water Wow activity books use plain water in a special pen to color and draw on its pages. The image fades when the water dries, and then the pages can be drawn on again!


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Mad Libs
– Mad Libs is a fun word game where you fill in the blanks in the story with your own words before reading it out loud.


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Magic Pen Books
– Use the special Magic Pen to reveal the colors in these mess-free coloring and activity books. Several varieties are available, including Spider-Man, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Finding Nemo and Disney Princesses!


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Spot It on the Road
– Spot it! meets Travel Bingo! This edition includes an additional game variation: players scan the scenery for objects that match the symbols from the cards.
Whether you’re in the big city, cruising down the highway, or just around town, there is always something to spot.

 

John’s first Metal Earth Kit

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I was recently given a kit from our Metal Earth collection.

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These kits come in many varieties, including several Star Wars models.

My wife chose the R2-D2 kit for me🙂

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The kit includes 2 metal sheets of pre-cut parts that just need to be punched out.

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Pictorial instructions are included too, but you’ll need some small tools to complete construction.

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The first step was assembly of the domed head. I thought this was going to be very difficult because of the curved shape, but it went quite well. I was on my way.

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Next I needed to form the two halves of the main body. Curving the pieces was pretty easy because they’re so thin.

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A couple details needed to be added to the inside of the body halves before they could be joined.

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Next it was on to the legs. They were much more complicated than any previous steps. But I was ready for a challenge.

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The legs had to be attached to the body before the head.

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R2 is really taking shape now. The feet may be the hardest part of this kit but they’ve worked me up to it.

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Haha, he looks like he wants to help.

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See all the detail in his feet. There are several parts with lots of folds involved but it all went smoothly.

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These are some of the parts used to make his center foot.

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Now the center foot parts are attached to his bottom.

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He’s almost done! Time to mount him to the display base.

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I spent about four hours over two separate days on this little project. I decided to split it up because my eyes were getting a little tired. The tabs and slots are very small. I may use my magnifier lamp for my next kit.

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Overall I really enjoyed making R2-D2. I was concerned when I first opened the package that the metal sheets might be sharp. I imagined poor R2 would end up all bloody from my cut-up fingers. However, I never cut myself through the entire process.
Now I just need to decide which kit to make next🙂

Here is a little video of R2 on one of our solar powered spinners. He looks great in the sunlight.

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you try one of our Metal Earth kits yourself. Here is a link to our selection:
Metal Earth (link)

Five Great Gifts for Star Wars Fans

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In honor of Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening in theatres today, we’ve picked five of our most fun products that any Star Wars fan would love to find under the tree (or in their stocking) Christmas morning!

 

 


BB-8

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Meet BB-8 – the app-enabled Droid that’s as authentic as it is advanced. BB-8 has something unlike any other robot – an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands. Set it to patrol and watch your Droid explore autonomously, make up your own adventure and guide BB-8 yourself, or create and view holographic recordings.


Photomosaics Puzzles

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Each of these 1000-piece puzzle is made up of thousands of images from the original Star Wars trilogy. These puzzles from Buffalo Games are made in the USA with soy-based inks and 100% recycled paperboard with 90% post-consumer content (for both the package and the puzzle). The thick pieces snap securely together. These puzzles are appropriate for ages 14 and up.


Metal Earth Kits


Make a metal model of your favorite Star Wars ship, vehicle or droid, no glue or solder needed! Clip each piece from the larger sheet, insert tabs from one piece into the slots of another piece, then bend them over with tweezers or pliers. Ages 14 and up.


Klutz Star Wars Thumb Doodles


Use the 4 ink pads, marker, and dual-tipped lightsaber pencil to make thumbprint versions of your favorite Star Wars characters. Simple step-by-steps include clone troopers and battle droids, Ewoks and Wookies, Jedi and Jabba the Hutt. Star Wars fans will love re-creating key moments from the movies and creating scenes of their own. Comes with: blue, black, green, and brown ink pads, black marker pen, dual-tipped lightsaber pencil (red, blue). For ages eight and up.


Millenium Falcon SnapTite Kit

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This Skill Level 1 SnapTite kit from Revell is molded in color and snaps together easily – no paint or glue is required! The ship is 14¾” long when fully assembled, and includes a clear cockpit with Han Solo and Chewbacca figures! The kit contains 52 pieces and illustrated instructions. For ages eight and up. Other Star Wars plastic model kits can be found here.

Staff Gift Picks 2015 – Gifts for Adults

This week, our staff shares their top picks for great Christmas presents! Here are our suggestions for gifts that adults will love!


BB8 Droid

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Woodburning Kit


Losi Desert Buggy XL

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2000-Piece Puzzles


Sphero


Alias


Chroma

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Telescope


Stunt Kite

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Coloring Books for Grown-ups


Yunec Q500 4K


Metal Detector

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Gift Certificate

Cider Kit
Hard Cider Kit

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Ominus FPV Quadcopter

 

Check out all of our 2015 Staff Gift Picks here.

Staff Gift Picks 2015 – Gifts for Kids

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This week, our staff shares their top picks for great Christmas presents! Here are our suggestions for gifts for kids!


Playmobil Pirate Adventure Island

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Harrisville Easy Weaver

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Penguin Popper

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Demolition Lab Triple Blast Warehouse

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Rubberband Guns/Ammo


BeanBoozled


Bruder Trucks


Spirograph


Revel Snap-tite Build & Play Jeep


Fuzzy Posters


Paint Your Own Bank

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Klutz Potholders


Alex Tots Art Gallery


Real FX Slotless Racing

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Find It!

 

Check out all of our 2015 Staff Gift Picks here.

Staff Gift Picks 2015 – Stocking Stuffers

This week, our staff shares their top picks for great Christmas presents! Here are our suggestions for stocking stuffers!

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Magic 8 Ball


Metal Earth Kits


Puzzle Glue

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Working Hands

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Pliers

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Xacto Knives

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Bob Smith Glues


Good Luck Animals

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Stickles Glitter Glue

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Poppers

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Paddle Ball

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Bob Smith Epoxy

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Wood Model Kits


Melissa & Doug Water Wow

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iPop Zombies


Flavored Lip Balms

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Grow your own Catnip


Smencils
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Smile on a Stick


Classic Metal Works Mini Metals Vehicles

 

Check out all of our 2015 Staff Gift Picks here.

Staff Gift Picks 2015 – Craft Kits

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This week, our staff shares their top picks for great Christmas presents! Here are our suggestions for craft kits to give as gifts this holiday season.


Works of Ahh Solar System Mobile Kit

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PRO Loom Potholder Loom


Soy Wax Candle Kit

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Alex Drawing Set

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Boye Knitting Loom Set

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Alumalite Casting Kit

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Coventry Cottage Dollhouse Kit


Arm Knitting Kit

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Crochet Scarf kit

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Paint by Number Kit


Sewing Kit make a Pillow

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Beginner Origami Kit

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Bead & Weave Bracelet Set


Klutz Learn to Draw DC Superheroes


Alex Wood Wonders Ultimate Set

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Klutz Knitting

 

Check out all of our 2015 Staff Gift Picks here.

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