Early Childhood Resources

Alice Programming

Alice Programming

Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely ...
Amazing ABC: An Alphabet Book of LEGO Creations

Amazing ABC: An Alphabet Book of LEGO Creations

This alphabet board book of fantastic LEGO creations is specifically for toddlers. It's a visual LEGO feast rather than an instructional book. The colorful, bold images are easily recognizable for the youngest LEGO enthusiasts ...
Argument for Structured Block Play

Argument for Structured Block Play

Can Lego bricks and other construction toys boost your child's STEM skills? ...
Benefits of Toy Blocks

Benefits of Toy Blocks

Toy Blocks and Construction Toys: A guide for the science-minded. Also includes tips for getting the most from your toy blocks ...
Beyond the Chalkboard

Beyond the Chalkboard

The Boston Children's Museum KIDS Afterschool activities are based on the philosophy that teaching children to talk together about learning experiences is as important as actually engaging in them. Whether you're searching for some fun ...
binary number trick

Binary Number Trick

There are four versions of the binary number trick below. To perform the trick, print out the binary number cards double-sided and cut them out along the dotted lines. Then, have someone think of a ...
Block Play Tips

Block Play Tips

Practical suggestions for common dilemmas ...
Block Play: Practical Suggestions for Common Dilemmas - Full Article

Block Play: Practical Suggestions for Common Dilemmas – Full Article

Enhance block play by implementing developmentally appropriate teaching strategies to deal with the most common dilemmas associated with using blocks in the classroom. Includes a great summary page of suggestions ...
Block Puzzles

Block Puzzles

Make your own color block puzzles using Duplos and foam sheets. Do you think they have to be color specific? ...
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Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons by Sara C. Levine

This entertaining picture book will keep readers guessing as they learn about how our skeletons are like--and unlike--those of other animals ...
Boy + Bot

Boy + Bot

One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun. But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he's sick. The usual remedies—applesauce, reading a story—don't help, so Boy ...
BrainPop Educators

BrainPop Educators

Check out the BrainPOP Educators website with resources searchable by state and Common Core standards! ...
BrainPop GameUp

BrainPop GameUp

BrainPOP GameUp is a free educational games portal for the classroom. Find animated games with curricular content to engage students and bolster achievement. Collections include games for teaching Science, Math, Social Studies, Health, English, and Engineering & ...
Brilliant Block Play

Brilliant Block Play

Describes a variety of creative ways to use different kinds of blocks. Make your own magnetic blocks, use contact paper and foam blocks to take block play vertical, and much more ...
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Bruno Mars: Don’t Give Up (Sesame Street)

Bruno Mars: Don't Give Up (Sesame Street) is a phenomenal video for growth mindset and persistence. Pair this with the picture book Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by Dr. JoAnn Deak ...
Butterfly Symmetry, Camouflage, and Disguise

Butterfly Symmetry, Camouflage, and Disguise

A great lesson to put students' knowledge of the REAL primary colors of paints to use. Challenge students to create a butterfly using symmetry which uses either camouflage or disguise as a survival technique ...
Caine's Arcade

Caine’s Arcade

9-year-old Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad's used auto parts store. The entire summer went by, and Caine had yet to have a single customer. Then, on ...
Children's University of Manchester

Children’s University of Manchester

The Children's University of Manchester is home to resources aimed at students age 7-11. Bring the excitement of the knowledge created at The University of Manchester, through its pioneering research activities, to your students! Topics ...
Computer Science Education Week

Computer Science Education Week

Computer Science Education Week is observed each year, in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. Computer Science is a foundation for every student. Help introduce it to millions with an ...
Curious George STEM Collection

Curious George STEM Collection

Active learning begins with curiosity! The Curious George STEM Collection from PBS LearningMedia is a great way to help young children understand STEM concepts, such as measuring, building, and simple machines. Lesson plans with Curious ...
Design Briefs - Virginia Children's Engineering Council

Design Briefs – Virginia Children’s Engineering Council

K-5 Design Briefs for the Study of Technology linked to English, Mathematics, Science and History from the Virginia Children's Engineering Council provide relevant classroom instruction that helps children develop a degree of technological capability. Four ...
Design Inspirations from RAFT

Design Inspirations from RAFT

Combine two unrelated ideas to inspire a creative new design! Engineers often use everyday objects to stimulate creative ideas. For example, an early ballpoint pen designer might have had a flash of inspiration while looking ...
Design Squad Nation

Design Squad Nation

Engage kids in hands-on engineering with activities from PBS Kids Design Squad Nation. Each activity is a hands-on challenge focused on the engineering design process. They use simple materials, allow for multiple solutions, and are ...
Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Why is Block Play Important for Toddlers and Preschoolers? What are they learning? The progression of block play and concepts learned ...
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Diary of a Worm

This is the diary . . . of a worm. Surprisingly, a worm not that different from you or me: He lives with his parents, plays with his friends, and even goes to school ...
DiscoverE

DiscoverE

Find activities at DiscoverE from videos showcasing engineering to hands-on activities to field trip ideas which can be used for Engineers Week and beyond! If you will be involving your students in Engineers Week or ...
Erikson TEC Center

Erikson TEC Center

The TEC Center at Erikson Institute empowers early childhood educators to make informed decisions about the appropriate use of technology with children from birth to age 8. Through carefully selected resources and real-world examples, the ...
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From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons

Gail Gibbons reveals to young readers how a seed begins, what pollination is, and how flowers, trees, fruits, and vegetables get to be the way they are ...
Global Cardboard Challenge

Global Cardboard Challenge

Inspired by the short film, Caine's Arcade, the Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. In the month of September, kids are challenged ...
Globe at Night

Globe at Night

Activity guide for January and February 2017 for this awesome citizen science program. Find additional activity guide and resources at www.globeatnight.org ...
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Going Places by Peter H. Reynolds

A go-cart contest inspires imagination to take flight in this picture book for creators of all ages, with art from New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds ...
Goldie Blox

Goldie Blox

The goal of GoldieBlox is to get girls building. By tapping into girls strong verbal skills, their story + construction sets bolster confidence in spatial skills while giving young inventors the tools they need to ...
Gravity Visualized

Gravity Visualized

Gravity Visualized is a video of physics teacher Dan Burns explaining his space-time warping demo. A 2-kg mass in the middle with rolling marbles show orbits. A large marble rolling with a smaller one next to ...
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How To Catch A Leprechaun: How to Trick A Wee Person! by Crystal Chandler

Have you ever wanted to catch a Leprechaun as a kid? We all have! This instructional book teaches kids science while also taking them on an imaginary journey to the edge of rainbow ...
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If You Were the Moon by Laura Purdie Salas

If you were the moon, what would you do? You'd spin like a twilight ballerina and play dodgeball with space rocks! And more ...
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Inch by Inch

Meet a winning, winsome inchworm, proud of his ability to measure anything under the sun, from a robin's tail to a toucan's beak ...
ion Future: The STEM Career Exploration Game

ion Future: The STEM Career Exploration Game

Every day, professionals in STEM careers help people get better, discover new things, save the planet, build the future, solve mysteries, and play with some very cool tools. iON Future lets you explore these careers, ...
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Lab Rules Dua Lipa “New Rules” Parody

Lab Safety. Don't be a Carol. Low cost science parody of Dua Lipa's official music video New Rules! ...
Learning with Block Play

Learning with Block Play

Ten things children learn from block play ...
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Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle first lost her heart to the ocean as a young girl when she discovered the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico in her backyard. As an adult, she dives even deeper ...
Little Discoverers

Little Discoverers

Sesame Street's Little Discoverers: Big Fun with Science, Math and More, is a digital destination featuring videos, games, and activities to inspire preschoolers and the adults in their lives to incorporate STEM concepts and skills ...
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Mae Jemison by Laurie Calkhoven

Blast off into space and get to know Mae Jemison—the first African-American woman to ever go to space—with this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series of biographies about people “you should ...
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Math for Young Children

Mathematics website for young children with resources ...
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Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey

As a child, Maya Lin loved to study the spaces around her. She explored the forest in her backyard, observing woodland creatures, and used her house as a model to build tiny towns out of ...
Moebius Noodles: Adventurous Math for the Playground Crowd

Moebius Noodles: Adventurous Math for the Playground Crowd

Learn how you can create an immersive rich math environment for your baby. Find out ways to help your toddler discover deep math in everyday experiences. Play games that will develop your child’s sense of ...
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Mojo Puts It All Together – ClassDojo

Mojo reflects on the meaning of 'your brain is like a muscle' after a setback ...
Natural Inquirer

Natural Inquirer

The Natural Inquirer program produces a variety of science education materials for PreK through grade 12. Natural Inquirer products are produced by the USDA Forest Service, the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (CFAIA), and other cooperators and ...
Natural Math

Natural Math

Natural Math is a community for families, math circles, and other learning groups ...
NCTM Illuminations

NCTM Illuminations

April is Math Awareness Month! Beyond the Mathemagic activity of the day revealed each day this month on mathaware.org, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has a site called Illuminations. Home to over 600 ...
Not a Box

Not a Box

A box is just a box...unless it's not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows ...
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Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

A box is just a box . . . unless it's not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows ...
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Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

What would you do if you lived in a community without a library, hospital, post office, or fire department? If you were Benjamin Franklin, you'd set up these organizations yourself ...
NumberNut

NumberNut

NumberNut offers an introduction to mathematics and its variety of topics. It's not just for kids, it's for everyone (even if you aren't a number nut). From Shapes & Colors to Scientific Notation and Variables, ...
Octopus's Garden

Octopus’s Garden

Based on the lyrics of the world famous Beatles song, this glorious picture book follows five children on a magical journey through the Octopus's garden ...
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OK GO SANDBOX – Needing/Getting

OK Go wanted to find out if they could play their song using a car and everyday objects. Turns out they could!! ...
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OK GO SANDBOX – The One Moment

This video was actually shot in 4 seconds, but when played back in slow motion, it stays in sync with the music. How did they do it?!?! ...
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OK GO SANDBOX – This Too Shall Pass

OK Go created this video by connecting a series of simple machines together, to create a single chain reaction machine timed perfectly to their song. So perfectly, in fact, that one section of the machine ...
Other STEMAZing Picture Books

Other STEMAZing Picture Books

The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires (engineering design, perseverance, iteration) Malarkey and the Big Trap, by Stephen Krensky (engineering design) Violet the Pilot, by Steve Breen (flight, engineering) What Do You Do With an Idea?, by ...
Pepper's Pyramid hack atop a cell phone screen

Pepper’s Pyramid Projector

Turn your cell phone or tablet into a 3D hologram-like projector using plastic you would normally recycle. Reuse flat clear plastic to give this old physics trick a high tech twist. Less ecologically friendly, but ...
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Press Here by Herve Tullet

Press Here by Herve Tullet- Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to ...
Qwirkle

Qwirkle

Qwirkle is as simple as matching colors and shapes, but this game also requires tactical maneuvers and well-planned strategy. Earn points by building rows and columns of blocks that share a common shape or color. Look ...
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Rachel Carson: Clearing the Way for Environmental Protection

Rachel Carson: Clearing the Way for Environmental Protection. The format of the series is unique, with humorous, cartoon-like original illustrations from the author ...
RAFT Idea Sheets

RAFT Idea Sheets

RAFT Idea Sheets are easy-to-use hands-on experience guides linked to core curriculum topics. Use the Idea Sheets Search Tool to rapidly pinpoint activities perfectly suited to the grade level, subject area, and content standard you ...
Rainbow-Ish - ROY G BIV

Rainbow-Ish – ROY G BIV

Starting with the primary colors of paint (cyan, yellow, and magenta), challenge your students to mix up all the colors of the rainbow - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet ...
Reading Horizons

Reading Horizons

"The Importance of Reading Aloud to Students of All Grades and Levels," an essay presented on the website Reading Horizons ...
Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets

This article discusses the power of reading aloud and goes a step further to discuss the power of thinking out loud while reading to children as a way to highlight the strategies used by thoughtful ...
RGB Color Light Show Video

RGB Color Light Show Video

Do you know the REAL primary colors? With just a few supplies from your local hardware store, you can recreate this STEMAZing demonstration of the REAL primary colors of light and color addition in your ...
RGB Light Show Worksheet

RGB Light Show Worksheet

Do you know the REAL primary colors of light? Use this worksheet along with red, green, and blue flood lights to demonstrate the REAL primary colors of light and the principle of color addition. Find ...
Roominate

Roominate

Roominate: A building toy for girls is the original wired dollhouse building kit. Designed to get young girls to have fun with STEM while building hands-on skills and confidence ...
Rosie Revere, Engineer

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty ...
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Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

 Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a ...
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Say Zoop by Herve Tullet

Make some noise! Shout "OH!" Whisper "oh!" Say "Zoop"? Yes! "Zoop!" "Zoop!" "Zoop!" The newest book from Hervé Tullet magically responds with bursts of color and moving shapes ...
Science Beyond the Boundaries Early Learners Collaborative

Science Beyond the Boundaries Early Learners Collaborative

Science Beyond the Boundaries Early Learners Collaborative from the St. Louis Science Center is a great place for early childhood educators to find ideas for engaging the youngest learners. From the Experiment of the Month ...
ScratchEd

ScratchEd

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy for students to create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games - and share those creations online. ScratchEd is an online community where Scratch educators share stories, ...
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Sesame Street: Will.i.am Sings “What I Am”

Sesame Street: Will.i.am Sings "What I Am" which should be an anthem for everyone regardless of age. Growth mind set and self-esteem ...
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Set Up for RGB Color Light Show Video

Video with tips about how to set up the RGB Light Show if you have your own set of red, green, and blue flood lights. Click on the title here, Set Up RGB Color Light ...
Shalors

Shalors

Shalors (Shapes and Colors) is a $2 hack of the game Qwirkle. Using supplies from online and the dollar store, you can make all 108 pieces of this game for just a couple dollars AND ...
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Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist

At 9 years old, Eugenie Clark developed an unexpected passion for sharks after a visit to the Battery Park Aquarium in New York City. At the time, sharks were seen as mindless killing machines, but ...
Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds- Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a ...
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Skype a Scientist

Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms around the world! Scientists will skype into the classroom for 30-60 minute Q and A sessions that can cover the scientist’s expertise or what it’s like to be ...
Sponge Blocks Quiet Time Activity

Sponge Blocks Quiet Time Activity

Learn how to make your own sponge blocks for a quieter solution to block construction play time ...
STEM Sprouts

STEM Sprouts

STEM Sprouts, from the Boston Children's Museum, is a teaching guide meant to assist preschool educators in focusing and refining the naturally inquisitive behaviors of three to five-year-olds on STEM. Preschool is the perfect time ...
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STEMAZing Journal Hack

Make graph paper STEMAZing journals that require no staples or tape, using an old bookbinding trick ...

STEMAZing Stories

In June 2018, thanks to support from the Pima County School Superintendent's Office and Thomas R. Brown Foundations, twelve of our STEMAZing Teacher Leaders were given the opportunity to tell their STEMAZing Stories. With help ...
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The Carrot Seed

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, Crockett Johnson (Illustrator). When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won't grow ...
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The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds- For anyone who has been afraid to express themselves- from a child in art class to an adult whose fear has shut down a long-held dream ...
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The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin

If you've ever felt different, if you've ever been low, if you don't quite fit in, there's a name you should know... Meet Dr. Temple Grandin--one of the world's quirkiest science heroes! ...
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The Incredible Power of Yet – ClassDojo

Katie discovers the incredible power of yet from an unexpected source ...
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The Lab Song (Bruno Mars Parody)

The Lab Song (Bruno Mars Parody) for all the Biology teachers out there ...
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The Magic of Mistakes – ClassDojo

Mojo enters a robotics competition and wins an unexpected lesson in the magic of mistakes ...
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The Mysterious World of Neurons – ClassDojo

Katie leads Mojo on a journey to learn from the secrets of the brain from a mysterious guru ...
The Ultimate Guide to Playtime

The Ultimate Guide to Playtime

The most comprehensive article, from Mom Loves Best, about why playtime is important and what it looks like from birth to 4+ years old. Highly recommended for early childhood educators and parents alike ...
The User's Guide to Energy

The User’s Guide to Energy

The Atlantic's six video series called The User's Guide to Energy asks six basic questions about energy and answers them in animated explainers. Alexis Madrigal explains the following: How much energy does the U.S. use? ...
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The Wild Robot Escapes (The Wild Robot #2) by Peter Brown

Shipwrecked on a remote, wild island, Robot Roz learned from the unwelcoming animal inhabitants and adapted to her surroundings--but can she survive the challenges of the civilized world and find her way home to Brightbill ...
Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle

Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle

This book follows a seed as it grows into a flower ...
Trees for Wildlife

Trees for Wildlife

Trees for Wildlife is an educational program of the National Wildlife Federation providing adult leaders with fun, hands-on science-based activities to help young people learn about the importance of trees and how to plant and ...
Twelve Preschool Science Experiments

Twelve Preschool Science Experiments

These 12 Preschool Science Experiments are perfect for the smallest scientists. Engage little ones' curious nature of "why" and use these hands on activities to explain. It is never too early to explore and investigate! ...
Using Blocks to Develop 21st Century Skills

Using Blocks to Develop 21st Century Skills

An in-depth article about using the long-standing, developmentally appropriate activity of block play to teach 21st Century Skills. Includes a checklist to evaluate your block play area around 21st Century Skills ...
Velcro Craft Sticks

Velcro Craft Sticks

Turn craft sticks into a fun construction toy using velcro dots ...
Very Hungry Caterpillar

Very Hungry Caterpillar

A great story about a caterpillar but beware of inaccuracies to the real butterfly life cycle ...
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Wendell the Narwhal by Emily Dove

Everyone in the ocean can make music, except for Wendell the narwhal. His big, pointy horn can't go "pop pop pop" or "clappy clap clap" or even "whoosh" ...
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What If You Had Animal Eyes? (What If You Had) by Sandra Markle

What if you woke up one morning and your eyes weren't yours? What If You Had Animal Eyes? -- the next imaginative book in the What If You Had series ...
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Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, impressive inventor ...
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Your Brain is Like a Muscle – Class Dojo

Introduce your students to the idea of a Growth Mindset. The simple idea that your brain is like a muscle is proven to have profound impact on learning! ...
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Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, Stretch It, Shape It by Joann Deak

This innovative and timely picture book teaches children that they have the ability to stretch and grow their own brains ...
Zometool

Zometool

Zometool is a unique and award winning building toy that is treasured by kids, parents, teachers, artists, and scientists. From projects to create crazy bubbles or buckyballs or DNA or other fantastic geometric structures, Zometool opens up ...

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