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Inquiry & Investigation

Promote inquiry and investigation in the classroom and help children learn about science topics, such as the solar system, ecosystem, astronomy, weather, and gravity. Kaplan offers a variety of science sets, microscopes, and other science resources for teachers.

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Image of Magnetic Fossil 3D Puzzle - Ammonite - 6 Pieces
Magnetic Fossil 3D Puzzle - Ammonite - 6 Pieces
Item: 300798
Status: Pre-Order Now
$59.95
3 years & up. Inspire a deeper interest in science, extinct creatures and basic geology principles through this Magnetic Fossil 3D Puzzle. Chunky pieces feature interesting textures and a subdued natural color scheme. A satisfying magnetic click will indicate a correct match-up of pieces, encouraging children to complete the puzzle and create a realistic replica of an Ammonite.
Image of All-Weather Magnifying Glass - Set of 4
All-Weather Magnifying Glass - Set of 4
Item: 37849
Status: Temporarily Out of Stock
$35.95
18 months & up. Encourage children to get a closer look at the world around them with an All-Weather Magnifying Glass. Molded from new Poly+ material, this waterproof set is the perfect companion for every indoor and outdoor adventure. Solid glass lenses are scratch resistant and protected by over-molded soft-touch plastic. Set includes 4 magnifying glasses. Each magnifying glass measures 7.5" x 3.6" x .9".
Image of Magnetic Fossil 3D Puzzle - Trilobite - 6 Pieces
Magnetic Fossil 3D Puzzle - Trilobite - 6 Pieces
Item: 300799
Status: Pre-Order Now
$59.95
3 years & up. Inspire a deeper interest in science, extinct creatures and basic geology principles through this Magnetic Fossil 3D Puzzle. Chunky pieces feature interesting textures and a subdued natural color scheme. A satisfying magnetic click will indicate a correct match-up of pieces, encouraging children to complete the puzzle and create a realistic replica of a Trilobite.
Image of All-Weather Two-Handed Magnifier - Set of 2
All-Weather Two-Handed Magnifier - Set of 2
Item: 37850
Status: In Stock
$32.95
18 months & up. Encourage children to get a closer look at the world around them with a Two-Handed Magnifier. Molded from the new Poly+ material, this easy-to-hold waterproof magnifier is the perfect companion for every indoor and outdoor adventure. Solid glass lenses are scratch resistant and protected by overmolded soft touch plastic. Set includes 2 magnifiers. Each magnifier measures 8.3" x 5.1" x .8".
Image of Shapes and Colors Discovery With Water Beads, Stones, and Squares
Shapes and Colors Discovery With Water Beads, Stones, and Squares
Item: 86391
Status: In Stock
$22.95
$19.95
4 years & up. Experience the fun and ingenuity of slippery spheres, silly squares, and jelly stones all in one convenient set. Simply add water and watch in amazement as they expand to as much as 200 times their size! Fun to bounce, roll, stack, and mix. They even slip, slide, and explode. Completely reusable, just dry them out and hydrate again and again. Environmentally friendly. Includes an informative guide. Trays are not included.
Image of Random Robots: Loose Parts STEM Kit
Random Robots: Loose Parts STEM Kit
Item: 38014
Status: In Stock
$269.95
3 years and up. The possibilities of discovery are multiplied when rich variables are at children's fingertips. Random Robots: Loose Parts STEM Kit is a laboratory of opportunity to experiment and explore pieces and tools that children can use to create robots. Children can build, create, investigate, and invent while focusing on the process rather than the end product. The kit includes a frosted plastic tray for storage and classification of loose parts and measures 12.5"L x 12.5"W x 2.9"H.
Image of Timeless Treasures: Loose Parts STEM Kit
Timeless Treasures: Loose Parts STEM Kit
Item: 38015
Status: In Stock
$199.95
3 years and up. The possibilities of discovery are multiplied when rich variables are at children's fingertips. Timeless Treasures: Loose Parts STEM Kit is a laboratory of opportunity to experiment and explore the allure of timeless, unique treasures like old coins and keys and a variety of gem stones. Children can investigate, explore, and sort into felt bags using open-ended items. The kit includes a frosted plastic tray for storage and classification of loose parts and measures 12.5"L x 12.5"W x 2.9"H.
Image of Inclined to Exploration: Loose Parts STEM Kit
Inclined to Exploration: Loose Parts STEM Kit
Item: 38016
Status: In Stock
$199.95
3 years and up. The possibilities of discovery are multiplied when rich variables are at children's fingertips. Inclined to Exploration: Loose Parts STEM Kit is a laboratory of opportunity to experiment and explore the relationships of how materials relate to basic physics principles. Children can build, create, investigate, and invent while focusing on the process rather than the end product.. The kit includes a frosted plastic tray for storage and classification of loose parts and measures 12.5"L… More »
Image of Science Exploration Books - Set of 7
Science Exploration Books - Set of 7
Item: 51266
Status: In Stock
$64.95
3 years & up. Bring literacy into your science center with this comprehensive Science Exploration Books for Literacy and Early STEM Learning. This collection of science themed books is great for introducing new STEM concepts to your children. These books discuss topics such as leaves changing, magnets, the five senses, and more! Encourage children to ask questions about vocabulary and concepts they're unfamiliar with. Set of 7.
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LED Activity Tablet
Item: 62802
Status: In Stock
$239.95
3 years & up. Ultra-slim LED activity tablet with a hardwood frame provides a bright, consistent and evenly-lit surface that is perfect for light and color exploration, science activities, tracing, stenciling and more. Weighing only 5 pounds, the 12" x 16" illuminated center features energy-efficient LEDs. Guaranteed to last up to 30,000 hours. AC power adapter included. Protective plastic covers reinforce corners and ensure durability. Wooden frame measures 15"L x 19"W.
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Light Cube
Item: 27915
Status: In Stock
$329.95
3 years & up. This rugged light cube is portable, durable, and rechargeable. It even strobes, flashes, and changes color with the touch of a button! The cube is the perfect size for individual and small group play. Young children can stand or kneel at the cube and engage in focused, quiet play. The easy-to-clean surface is ideal for art and exploration activities both indoors and outdoors. Use the cube for examining transparent and opaque objects. Add interest to counting, sorting, sequencing,… More »
Image of Ramptastic - STEM Ramp for Testing Velocity
Ramptastic - STEM Ramp for Testing Velocity
Item: 63780
Status: Temporarily Out of Stock
$54.95
3 years & up. This sturdy wooden incline ramp invites children to explore STEM concepts through prediction and experimentation. The six varying textures give children the opportunity to test the effects of surfacing, weight, and velocity on the potential speed and function of different objects. Ramptastic also introduces simple machines to children and is the perfect addition to the STEM toys in your classroom. Activity card(s) included. Cars sold separately. Measures 12.5"L x 4.75"W x 4.25"H.
Image of STEM Journals - Set of 10
STEM Journals - Set of 10
Item: 86303
Status: In Stock
$24.95
3 years & up. This 8 page STEM Journal outlines how to utilize the scientific process in an early childhood classroom. Each of the 11"L x 8.5"W pages provide a space for children to draw pictures along with developmentally appropriate lines to write text as they utilize the scientific method. Perfect addition to any science center! Set of 10 journals.
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Light Cube Accessory Kit
Item: 27916
Status: In Stock
$69.95
3 years & up. This Light Cube Accessory Kit is the perfect light table starter kit for younger students! The kit features tons of safe and colorful materials to play with on the Light Cube (sold separately #27915). Count and sort beautiful bead shapes, examine details in x-rays, layer Optical Illusion sheets to discover interesting patterns, drop paint onto the washable surface, and drag paint scrapers on top to make swirls and lines. Includes: 5 clear plastic trays that fit snugly on the Light… More »
Image of Translucent Sensory Gem Cubes - 10 Pieces
Translucent Sensory Gem Cubes - 10 Pieces
Item: 301177
Status: In Stock
$23.95
3 years & up. This set of Translucent Sensory Gem Cubes features 10 acrylic cubes perfect for color mixing, stacking, and balancing. Place cubes on a light panel or hold them in front of a window to create colorful shadows and watch colors dance. These colorful manipulatives are appealing for children to handle, which makes them an excellent resource for open-ended, sensory play. The high-quality, solid acrylic cubes are easy to wash and are designed to last for years of classroom or center… More »
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Sensory Mood Discovery Light Table
Item: 301212
Status: Ships From Manufacturer
$474.95
3 years & up. Help children discover the amazing effects of light and color with this toddler-sized light table! This color-changing light table contains a raised outer rim to keep sand, water, or other activities on the table. Constructed of plastic, the table is lightweight, sturdy, and water-resistant so it can be used indoors or out. There are 16 different color settings and 4 automated color transition settings. The table is powered by the included rechargeable battery or by the A/C power… More »
Image of DIY Calm Down Sensory Bottles - Set of 2
DIY Calm Down Sensory Bottles - Set of 2
Item: 301094
Status: In Stock
$47.95
3 years & up. Craft your own calming sensory bottles using the DIY Calm Down Sensory Bottle Kit! Each kit comes with a selection of glitter and sparkles, along with an instructional sheet. Simply add contents and water, twist the cap back on, and your sensory bottle is good to go. The ends of the bottles are protected by textured silicone caps and are ideal for little fingers to explore. Bottles are refillable and reusable, offering limitless creative possibilities. Designed to encourage focused… More »
Image of Fossils Collection
Fossils Collection
Item: 36851
Status: In Stock
$25.95
8 years & up. Children will use their science inquiry and investigation skills as they explore this collection of 9 fossils. Fossils Kit comes with an identification chart, storage tray, adhesive labels, and information guide.
Image of Ladybug Land with Prepaid Voucher
Ladybug Land with Prepaid Voucher
Item: 300989
Status: In Stock
$47.95
4 years & up. Show children the life cycle and metamorphosis of a living organism with Ladybug Land! Ladybug Land is just what it sounds like, a habitat where ladybugs can grow from larvae into adults. Each habitat comes with a voucher you can redeem to receive a tube of 10 to 15 living ladybug larvae and the food they need. Once they are in your habitat, watch the larvae eat and drink from special gels, form cocoons, and emerge as adult ladybugs!
Image of Metal Kaleidoscopes - Set of 2
Metal Kaleidoscopes - Set of 2
Item: 300708
Status: In Stock
$24.95
3 years & up. Explore the beauty of bright colors, ever-changing patterns, and symmetry with this set of Metal Kaleidoscopes! By simply rotating the barrel, children can see an infinite number of color patterns. As they are captivated by these patterns, children will also develop sensory learning, exploration, and color recognition skills. Styles will vary because there are three different styles, and each customer will receive two of those styles.
Image of Bee-Bot® Programmable and Rechargeable Robot
Bee-Bot® Programmable and Rechargeable Robot
Item: 62966
Status: In Stock
$120.95
$99.95
3 years & up. Bee-Bot® is an exciting new robot designed for use by young children. This colorful, easy-to-operate, and friendly little robot is a perfect tool to teach sequencing, estimation, problem solving and just having fun. Tell Bee-Bot® to move forward, back and turn left or right by pressing the arrow keys. Then press GO and send him on his way. Bee-Bot® stops, beeps and blinks after each step so you can follow along as Bee-Bot® executes your program. Bee-Bot® remembers… More »
Image of Junior Adventure Metal Compass
Junior Adventure Metal Compass
Item: 300299
Status: In Stock
$4.95
$3.95
3 years & up. Junior Adventure Metal Compass.
Image of Transparent Light and Color Blocks - 108 Pieces
Transparent Light and Color Blocks - 108 Pieces
Item: 31535
Status: In Stock
$71.95
3 years & up. A rainbow assortment of 6 different colors and 6 different shapes make up this set of plastic translucent building blocks. These colorful Transparent Light and Color Blocks area great way to promote creativity. They also make a perfect accessory for a light table. Encourage children to get creative and build a unique block structure. For further learning encourage children to identify the colors and shapes of the blocks they are using. Largest block measures 3.9" x 1.3". 108 piece set.
Image of Color Paddles Set - Set of 18
Color Paddles Set - Set of 18
Item: 63804
Status: In Stock
$15.95
18 months & up. Enrich children's science exploration with color paddles. Children will enjoy color mixing on a light table or outdoors in natural sunlight. Translucent 5.5"L colors paddles in six vibrant colors: red, yellow, orange, green, blue, and purple. Set of 18 includes three of each color.