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Outdoor Activities

Book of Paper Airplanes
Easy to make and fly
The Best Paper Airplanes You'll Ever Fly
3 simple designs that fly splendidly
The Footbag Book 
A lot like juggling, only with no hands. This book has all the tips and techniques you need
Book of Marbles
Rules to the twenty most popular marbles games, plus marbles in drawstring pouch
Book of Jacks
20 playground-tested, summer-camp-quality jacks games, with jacks, ball & bag
Yo-Yo Book
An illustrated history, plus a complete compendium of tricks, packaged with a spiffy, screw-apart yo-yo
Official Foxtail Book
Games to play, and a foxtail, of course
Juggling for the Complete Klutz
Step by step how to, with juggling balls that don't roll away
Book Of Ball Games
Indoor and outdoor games, some you won't believe!
How To Make Monstrous, Huge, Unbelievably Big Bubbles
Great bubbly fun, alone or in a party!
Chinese Jump Rope
Complete rules to nine classic games, along with two Chinese jump ropes
Jump Rope Rhymes
All the classic jump rope rhymes (plus a few that might be new to you) attached to eight feet of high-quality, multi-colored, non-kinking, practically indestructible jump rope
My Very Own Horse Book
A Complete Horse Handbook (horse NOT included!)

Indoor Activities

simple and satisfying origami folds, from the exotic parrot to the beautiful star box to the hopping frog (he really hops). The meticulously illustrated step-by-step instructions are easy to follow but yield impressive results.  Paper included, of course...
The Official Icky Poo Book
It’s very slick and a little gooey but, amazingly, won’t stick to your hands. It comes with two irresistible ropes of the stuff, in slime green and goo blue, and plenty of ingenious ways to use them from solo challenges to mob madness  Easy-to-wash Icky Poo included. (Do not use on latex!)
Table Top Football: A Guide to the Classic Lunchroom Sport
Comes with one very cool cowhide leather finger football
The Buck Book: All Sorts of Things to do with a Dollar Bill-Beside Spend It
Fold it! Don't spend it!
Tissue Paper Flowers
Incredibly beautiful, yet incredibly simple, tissue paper flowers, no watering required
T-shirt Art: Make Your Own Iron-on Designs
Complete with overlay, paint, and tons of designs
The Body Crayon Book 
Any skin area invites artistic self-expression with washable, non-toxic cosmetic crayons
Totally Tape
That's right, it's okay to use ALL of the tape in this book..."
Building Cards Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
The fourth, biggest and most fantastic Building Cards set yet. Of course, no Hogwarts experience would be complete without its most famous student, so we included a specially molded Harry Potter figure, ready to explore the one-of-a-kind school you create...
Building Cards: How to Make Castles
150 chipboard "cards" and tons more great ideas!
Building Cards: How to Build Pirate Ships
180 chipboard "cards" and great ship construction ideas!
Building Cards: How to Build Spaceships
180 chipboard "cards" and great ship construction ideas!
The Cootie Catcher Book
20 tear-em-out-and-fold-em-up, playground fortune-tellers, plus instructions to make your own


The Best Card Games In the Galaxy
Instructions, plus a deck of cards...
Klutz Book of Board Games
Portable board, directions and pieces, all in one!
Peg Solitaire: 23 All-On-Your-Own Games
Penny Games
25 pennies to play dozens of games, from Penny Pile Up to Finish-the-Caterpiller, and there's always spare "tokens" in Mom's purse!  For the youngest gamers...

Pencil & Paper Activity Books

A Super-Sneaky, Double-Crossing, Up, Down, Round & Round Maze Book 
25 endlessly re-usable mazes to trace with your fingertip. Featuring the work of talented illustrators from around the world, each maze stands on its own as a work of art
Made You Look!: A Book of Picture Puzzles 
Forty-one artists created these pictures, photos, collages and more, including hidden pictures, matching games, and more!
The Most Incredible, Outrageous, Packed-To-The-Gills Bulging-At-The-Seams Sticker Book You've Ever Seen
Filled with stickers, stickers, stickers, stickers, stickers and stickers
The Only Coloring, Puzzle, Game, Dot-To-Dot Activity Book: You'll Ever Need!
Pencil-and-paper play, including hidden pictures, unfinished drawings, fold-ups, games, giggles and goofy stuff
Road Trip Trivia: A Big Book of Backseat Brainteasers
Kids Travel: A Backseat Survival Guide
The Amazing Backseat Booka-Ma-Thing: Thousands of Miles Worth of Hands-On Games and Activities
All "endorsed by the Save the Parents' Sanity Foundation"
Making Mini-Books
25 pennies to play dozens of games, from Penny Pile Up to Finish-the-Caterpiller, and there's always spare "tokens" in Mom's purse!  For the youngest gamers...

For Girls

Shrink Art Jewelry 
Design rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants, charms, necklaces and more, with special portfolio includes 225 designs to trace...
Holiday Picture Bracelets 
Create two bracelets for the holidays or any time!
Button Rings 
Easy instructions and everything you need to make a whole handful of funky and fancy Button Rings...
Hair Wraps and Rainbow Hairstyles: Simple Styles With a Touch of Color
The art of thread-wrapping hair braids, or hair painting!
Nail Art Book
Tips, techniques, and hundreds of designs to paint on fingernails (and toenails, too). No artistic genius required. Comes with six colors of non-toxic, peel-off nail paints - our exclusive formula
Spool Knit Jewelry: Make Beautiful Bracelets, Anklets and Rings
how to make two kinds of jewelry: simple crochet and spool knit
Beads: A Book of Ideas and Instructions
beaded jewelry projects, complete with hand-made Bohemian glass beads and professional-quality hardware
Braids and Bows     Hair: A Book of Braiding and Styles
Braiding and hair styles for girls, make your own barrettes and hair ornaments with the goodies
Beaded Bobby Pins
More hair goodies
Friendship Bracelets    Hemp Bracelets    Bead Rings
Bracelets and rings, with all the colorful floss (or hemp) and beads you need to make them
The Body Crayon Book 
Any skin area invites artistic self-expression with washable, non-toxic cosmetic crayons
Dial With Style
Add bling to your ring!
Decorate Your Locker
Cool pre-printed magnets make instant decorating easy, while peel-and-stick magnetic sheets can make almost any lightweight thing into a magnet...

Strings Attached...

Book of Knots
Color coded cord included
String Games from Around the World 
Attached to the book is a tie-dyed string loop -- all you need to bring is ten fingers


My Life According to Me
A journal for girls, with inspiring little questions, fun quizzes, drawing and writing ideas, and plenty of blank space, all on jet-black paper. Comes with a silver pen
Me and My Friends: The Book of Us
Helps friends get to know each other even better...
My Fabulous Life in Pictures
Everything kids need to start a scrapbook
A Blank Journal: For Teens and Beyond
A black-paged blank journal for teens and beyond
It's All About Me: Personality Quizzes for You And Your Friends
What kind of cookie are you?  Do you speak parent?  What would embarrass you to death?  Your own personal Annoy-O-Meter...
My Anytime, Anywhere, Autograph Book
For any reason!

Creations with Clay

The Incredible Clay Book
Get started with clay! 8 color blocks of clay
Create Anything With Clay
New techniques and all new projects, 8 color blocks of clay

Creations with Yarn, Thread, Lanyard

Scoubidou - A Book of Lanyard & Lacing
Scoubidou is plastic cord that is round, hollow and way more cooperative than yesterday's flat lanyard lacing. Comes with six candy-bright colors of scoubidou, beads, clips, key rings and everything you need...
Potholders: Other Loopy Projects
Weave a useful or beautiful piece of fabric from a jumbled pile of thread or yarn
Ribbon Purses: Create Tiny Purses from Fancy Ribbon 
Basic purse, beaded fringe, button purse, and more!
Knitting: Learn To Knit Six Great Projects
Simple Sewing: Complete Instructions for 7 Great Projects
Quick and easy ways to get started
Crochet: Learn to Crochet Six Great Projects 
Clear instructions and diagrams de-mystify the art of great crocheting, for all!
Book of Lanyard & Lacing
Craft kits that contain all the necessary materials


Draw Thumb People: Fine Art at Your Fingertips    Draw Thumb Animals    Draw Thumb Things
Draw Christmas Thumbprints: Festive Art at Your Fingerprints
Transform your humdrumb thumbprints into pictures of people, animals and cool things
Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered
Watercolor for the Artistically Undiscovered
Sketchbooks of inspirational artwork, gentle suggestions, practical advice, and lots of white space...
Draw the Marvel Comics Super Heroes
Draw your favorite heroes right in the book!
Doodle Faces    Doodle Dogs    Doodle Cats
Everything you need to get doodling...
Lettering in Crazy, Cool, Quirky Style 
Everything you need to be letterific, including mechanical pencils, stencils, markers, papers, and tons of ideas!

Miniature Creations

Make Your Own Itty-Bitty Angels
Make Your Own Itty-Bitty Ballerinas
Make Your Own Itty-Bitty Princesses
No two are exactly alike...


Fairies: Petal People You Make Yourself     Beadlings: How to Make Beaded Creatures & Creations
Fun creations
Design Your Own Charm Watch
Make it your own, and wear it everywhere!
A Book of Artrageous Projects
Amazing collaboration with the venerable Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, comes with all the supplies needed for a hands-on artistic experience
Capsters: Make Bottle Caps into Great Works of Coolness!
What will they think of next?
Wax Strings: Make things with strings that cling
Create art that jumps right off of the page. Comes with 56 brightly colored wax-dipped strings that are just sticky enough...
Room Lanterns: Punch-out Paper Shades to Make 7 Different Light Strings
Kid art turned decorating theme!
Paper Fashions: Design Your Own Styles 
Stencils, patterned papers, and all you'll need to create your own styles!
Squashing Flowers Squeezing Leaves: A Nature Press & Book
Complete with flower press, offers tips on collecting, a sheet of laminate and a sheet of sticker paper, and 16 different projects
Wishing Stars: Everything You Need to Make 100 Tiny Origami Stars
Miniature origami stars...
Pipe Cleaners Gone Crazy: A Complete Guide to Bending Fuzzy Sticks
A mega-dose of creativity for the common household pipe cleaner
Twirled Paper
Five hundred years ago some French nuns got the idea of curling strips of paper to make decorations...
Sun Paint: Use Sunshine to Make Colorful Fabric Prints
Create color magic! Swirl sun paint on plain white fabric, arrange interesting shapes on top and take the whole thing outside to dry in the sun. Once the paint dries, remove the objects and -- voila!
The Fabulous Book of Paper Dolls
Six paper dolls (with an array of skin tones), a massive mix-'n'-match wardrobe and accessories, hairstyles, backdrop scenes and a pull-out armoire...

More Art

Paper Stained Glass
Create color-by-numbers so cool you hang them in the window. 20 coloring designs are printed on see-through vellum - with no numbers. Instead, each design is bound between two different number-coded color schemes. Flip the design over the color scheme you like better and get coloring. Or ignore the codes altogether!
The Etch a Sketch Book
Your own little etch-a-sketch, and cool overlays and games to go with it
The Shrinky Dinks Book    Shrinky Dinks Refill Pack
Amazing shrinkable plastic. Draw or trace a design on it, color it, cut it out, stick it in the oven and -- presto!
Melty Beads
Packaged with 600 big beads that are friendly to little fingers, this book comes with a sturdy plastic pegboard and plenty of inspirational artwork...
Christmas Window Art    Window Art Deluxe Refill Set
Amazing shrinkable plastic. Great window clings!
Spiral Draw Book
With dials and pens, and lots of white space (Webmaster's note: should I admit I got this for my birthday, and I love it?)
Fantastic Foam Book
Apples, airplanes, alligators, arrows, aardvarks and absolutely anything else. Each page is filled with inspirational artwork that can be copied exactly or cheerfully ignored. Either way, the book works brilliantly -- a fenceless playground for boundless imaginations...
Velvet Art
Better than posters, loads of coloring fun!
Special deck of 48 design cards makes it addictively easy to arrange colorful triangle squares in countless pleasing patterns.  Then just cut along the dotted lines to get perfectly sized fabric pieces...
Painted Rocks
Rock, paint, what more could you ask?
Face Painting
A fully photographic how-to feast on kids' face painting, with theatrical grade face paints


The Adventures of Fender Bender: Bendable Wire Bow Wow
The Adventures of Brenda Bender: Bendable Wire Heroine
Four inches tall, made of flexible coated wire with magnet feet and hands, you can pose them any way you want...
Wire-O-Mania: Complete Guide to Making Wire Wonderful Things
Create bracelets, baskets, pencil toppers, rings, pop-up greeting cards -- even history's first hand-made paper clips - out of multi-colored, plastic-coated wire. 40 different projects...


The Explorabook: A Kid's Science Museum in a Book  
Activities in magnetism, light wave craziness, optical illusions, hair dryer science, and bacterial stories
Earthsearch: A Kids' Geography Museum in a Book
Designed for kids, but loved by adults, too!
Backyard Stars: A Guide for Home and the Road
Weatherproof star guide
Battery Science: Make Widgets That Work and Gadgets That Go
The title says it all


Book of Magic
Great basics and interesting tricks
Magnetic Magic: Magic Tricks Done With Magnets
Nifty magic tricks that rely on the deceptive use of magnets, complete with ten magnets and one magnetizable coin
Coin Magic
Twenty-four of the best coin tricks on the planet, complete with a very sneaky double-headed quarter


Lego Crazy Action Contraptions
A small bit of impossible machinery - talk about the perfect present for gifted kid!
The Solar Car Book
A Complete Build-It-Yourself Solar Car Kit Including All the Parts, Instructions and Pain-Free Science


Encyclopedia of Immaturity
More than 300 entries: How to Skip a Stone, How to Do a Wheelie, How to Hang a Spoon from Your Nose, How to Really Annoy Your Older Sibling… all painstakingly explicated and illuminated with full-color photographs, illustrations, diagrams, and the occasional footnote...
Smoothies: 22 Frosty Fruit Drinks
An all-star collection of in-the-blender concoctions. No cooking required, about six minutes from start to stomach, and all can be made any time of year (with frozen or fresh fruit). Comes with a custom spatula...
Stop! the Watch: A Book of Everyday, Ordinary, Anybody Olympics
Some spectacularly ordinary Olympic events -- like switching your shoelaces -- done for time...
The Body Book: Recipes for Natural Body Care
A spa in a book, including nail buffer, facial brush, pumice stone, three essential oils (lavender, peppermint and tangerine) and more for teens and tweens...
Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual
Recipes for beginning cooks, including fried eggs, applesauce, and tuna wiggle sandwiches. Plus recipes for nonedibles like face paint...

Young Kids

Amazing Lacing
Make a purple sheep or a loopy caterpillar...
Bubble Thing 
Castle: A Fold-Out Kingdom 
An entire 3-D medieval kingdom. Some of the beautifully illustrated, durable pages flip up to become mighty castle walls, while others fold out to make a murky moat. Add parapets, ladders, and your choice of backdrops and the stage is set for a royal romp. Bring out the included king, queen, prince, princess, jester, jousters, knights, and fire-breathing dragon — not to mention the fully functional catapult — and let the adventures begin!
Clothespin Cuties 
Consider the clothespin: a homey, humble, little object – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly and, of course, hopelessly out of date. It needs a makeover! Six simple steps turn a clothespin into a seriously adorable mermaid, princess or ballerina...
Crayon Rubbings: A Bumpity Coloring Book 
Great fun, with regular, glitter, and rainbow crayons!
Foam Book
Apples, airplanes, alligators, arrows, aardvarks and absolutely anything else. Each page is filled with inspirational artwork that can be copied exactly or cheerfully ignored. Either way, the book works brilliantly -- a fenceless playground for boundless imaginations...
Foam Gliders 
5 easy to build and fly designs!
Fun with Felt 
Fifty fuzzy shapes magically grip to fuzzy pages.  Instructions show how to form felt flowers, faces, bugs, animals, rockets and more. Add pompoms and a supply of rainbow yarn for pizzazz. And keep it all in a snap-tight pouch on the cover...
Googly Eyes
A fully photographic gallery of googly transformations -- common household objects turned into a flock of fabulous faces
Hand Art
Everything you can make with hand tracings: dragons, frogs, dogs, aliens, ducks, cats, monsters, skunks, peacocks, people...
Highlight this book
Uniquely designed for young kids wielding highlighters. There are dot-to-dots to uncover, mazes to run, hidden pictures to find and pages to color...
How to Tell Time
Among the topics: How come time stops at the dentist? Why do grown-ups care so much about the time? What exactly happens when the short hand disappears behind the long hand?
Icky Poo Games 
Two Icky Poo paddle ropes and a booklet of five icky games...
Little Letters: Your First Letter-writing Set
Everything kids need to make, write and deliver their very own cards, notes and invitations. The book itself is a charming introduction to letter writing, plus stickers and more!
Magic Painting 
Imagine you’re randomly brushing paint on a blank page when suddenly a picture begins appearing in white against the watercolor background. Want more magic? Our paints are real watercolors yet kid-friendly and non-permanent...
Make Your Own Tiaras
The universal fashion accessory -- something you could wear anywhere from a coronation to the pediatrician...
Magnetic A to Z
There's more to do with magnetic letters than you can imagine!
Melty Beads
Packaged with 600 big beads that are friendly to little fingers, this book comes with a sturdy plastic pegboard and plenty of inspirational artwork...
Penny Games
25 pennies to play dozens of games, from Penny Pile Up to Finish-the-Caterpiller, and there's always spare "tokens" in Mom's purse!
Pop Bead Critters
Beads that snap together, snap apart and can make necklaces perfect for fashion-frenzy dress-up parties...
Pop Bead People 
A new milestone in pop culture: Pop Bead People. While wanna-beads out there come in one shape (only round, good for nothing but necklaces and stuff), now find pop beads shaped like heads, bodies, feet and all the other parts you need to make a new set of friends...
Rescue Trucks
For the young emergency enthusiast. Pages fold out and turn into extra-long highways -- full-color playscapes featuring all sorts of calamities...
Shadow Games
A flashlight, a darkened room - magic!
The Superhero Starter Kit 
Comes with its own cape, stickers and more...
Super Scissors Book 
Cut, fold and tape your way to fun crafts!
Tree House Bugs 
It's a craft, it's a playscape, it's two books in one! Easy how-to art shows you how to turn paper wings, stickers and pipe cleaners into adorable bug buddies. The book opens up into a three room tree house that you furnish with punch-out paper furniture...
Tricky Stickies 
30 custom self-adhering removable stickies to use as playing pieces for sticky note games and activities...
Utterly Elegant Tea Parties 
Delicious recipes for real food (no cooking of course), two pages of punchout place mats, place cards and menus, and a  complete mini-tea set that includes cups, saucers, plates and silverware, along with a real, pouring teapot...

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