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LTPL Discovery Kits are designed to teach important and fundamental Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math skills, and engage children with interactive components for self-paced learning.  Children can develop innovation, imagination, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills by completing fun, hands-on- educational experiments and projects.

Kits are intended to be used under adult supervision, and can be checked out for 1 week (7 days) with no renewals.  Charges will be applied if any part of the kit is missing or damaged.  Replacement costs range from $14.00 to $134.00 and are listed on each of the kits informational/content sheets.  Please check to ensure that all pieces are present before returning kits to the library.

Discovery Kits MUST be returned inside the library to avoid damage.  DO NOT return kits in the drop box or to any library other than LTPL.


Basketball STEM Challenge

This hand-on challenge kit included challenge cards to prompt kids as they plan, create, and test a toy basketball court. Children build the court complete with a shooting arm to launch the tethered basketball into the hoop exploring gravity, force and motion as they go.

Billy Goats Bridge Building

Engineer a happy fairy tale ending as you construct a bridge that keeps three goats safe from the troll. Develop skills in using the design process; exploring cause and effect; and experimenting with size, weight and balance as you are naturally inspired to explore a challenging situation until you find a solution.

Can Do Science – Sink or Float

Discover motion with tons of materials for hands-on exploration! Photo activity cards make it a cinch for kids to conduct experiments on their own-with no reading required.

Keva Brain Builders Junior

Train young brains to think in multiple dimensions! Brain Builders Junior combines 20 KEVA planks with a set of stimulating puzzle cards featuring a fun, recognizable 2-D object and the goal is to recreate the pattern into a 3-D structure. With each build becoming more challenging, patience and confidence is gained through trial and error. From picnic tables and bridges to dragonflies and triangles, you will be amazed what your brain will build! After mastering the 40 patterns, use your imagination to create your own designs!

Mag Builder

Mag Builder was designed with the younger child in mind. The pieces are colorful, oversized and easy to hold. They magnetically snap together and come apart again and again! Unlike many construction toys there is no “correct way” to build with Mag Builder. This allows the child to “think outside the box” and helps develop abstract thinking. An idea sheet showing over 20 models to build is included for inspiration. 

Earthquake Engineering Kit

Will your building survive the quake? With bricks in a variety of shapes and sizes, kids can build tons of different structures… then use the earthquake simulator to test their designs! As kids test their creations with quakes in five levels of intensity, they’ll discover why some buildings survive and others crumble—strengthening their understanding of cause and effect while they play. 

Create a Chain Reaction

Set off a chain reaction of fun! Children can set up a course of ramps, pendulums, hammers, switches and more, then drop a ball onto the tracks and go for the goal box! After each test run, kids will fine-tune the placement, distance and angle of each piece—getting firsthand practice with STEM concepts such as gravity, force and momentum! Perfect for open-ended building or use leveled challenge cards. 

Gingerbread Man Problem Solving

Kids will use STEM skills to help the Gingerbread Man! Perfect for building problem-solving skills, this kit includes a story card that presents a dilemma for kids to solve. Children have to plan, create and test solutions to get the Gingerbread Man across a river! Develop skills in problem solving, the design process, buoyancy (sink or float), and cause and effect.

Fascinating Facts Human Body

Explore the human body from the inside out! Beginners and experts alike will enjoy this hands-on anatomy game. Each quiz card offers an easy question and a more challenging question to test players’ knowledge. Players answer the questions by simply locating the correct organs on the model. 

STEM Sink or Float Activity Kit

Set sail with real STEM learning! Young learners can dive into early physics in a fun, colorful way with this submarine and floating raft along with weights, balls, and stars to bring investigations to life. This set also features 10 detailed activity cards (with over 20 engaging, high-impact activities) that cover all aspects of STEM, plus key science concepts of buoyancy, density, and more! 

Math Patterns and Tactile Kit

This mathematics-focused STEAM kit encourages critical thinking and sparks memorable mathematical conversations. Colorful, engaging pieces with rich textures provide a sensory-filled way to explore patterns and other early math skills as well as strengthen fine motor skills. 

Money Bags! Coin Counting Game

It’s a banking bonanza as players collect, count, and exchange money all the way to the finish line. Learn all about making values using various coins and bills. Can you make 13 cents without using dimes? How about 32 cents without using quarters? Land on the $ space and cha-ching! You’re in the money! Better hurry: whoever reaches the finish first receives a bonus. Earn more money than your fellow investors and you win the game! 

Can Do Science – Magnets

Learn how magnets attract and repel as you “magically” move objects across a table, make magnets float in midair and more! Photo activity cards with simple visual instructions let kids conduct hands-on exploration and experiments on their own.

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Can Do Science – Motion

Discover motion with tons of materials for hands-on exploration! Photo activity cards make it a cinch for kids to conduct experiments on their own-with no reading required.

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Can Do Science – Sound

Discover sound with tons of materials for hands-on exploration. Photo activity cards make it a cinch for kids to conduct experiments on their own with no reading required.

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Code & Go Robot Mouse

Children design a maze, then program a sequence of movements into the mouse which, when it runs, will result in it getting to the cheese with the goal of doing it in the fewest possible steps. Helps young children develop skills in problem solving, self-correcting errors, critical and analytical thinking, if-then logic, and distance and spatial concepts. Introduces basic coding and programming concepts in a fun way.

Introduce coding concepts with Colby, the programmable mouse. Use analytical thinking, problem solving skills, and step-by-step programming to get the mouse to the cheese. Colorful buttons match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing with no reading required.

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Eco Battery Vehicles

Build and experiment with an environmentally friendly “fuel cell” to learn about electrochemical cells and battery electric vehicles. Metal-air electrochemical cells generates electricity using only magnesium plates, salt water, and the oxygen in the air. Build 22 different models and experiment with different concentrations of salt to see how long your battery can run, while learning about electrochemistry and battery technology.

Gravity Maze

It’s a maze game. It’s a marble game. Actually, it’s a gravity-powered logic maze game that builds reasoning skills and visual perception. The best part is it’s fun to play and learn! Use the challenge cards to strategically place towers and create a path for your marble to reach the target. There are 60 challenges to test your skills.

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Force & Motion Lab

Develop a concrete understanding of gravity, energy, friction and more as you experiment with forces & learn how they affect motion. Follow simple instructions to complete hands-on experiments–from creating pendulums and experimenting with friction to measuring pull forces and building inclined planes.

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Makedo Cardboard Construction

Learn by doing; creating, experimenting, failing, thinking, and redesigning. Makedo is designed to make cardboard construction easy for everyone. Make anything imaginable of any size from a flower to a fort, a mask to a maze. Makedo creations set the stage for immersive, creative and open-ended play. Cardboard not included.

Magna Gyroscope

Magna Gyroscope

Budding scientists can learn all about the properties of magnetism and gyroscopic inertia by performing magnetic experiments that spin, lift, and levitate. Note: This kit can be very challenging – it took librarians quite a while to get results.

Magna Tiles

Magna Tiles

Adult sensory kits are bags filled with stimulating, hands-on sensory objects that patrons can check out. Each kit contains items that stimulate or soothe different senses.

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Magnetism Lab

Explore magnetism with easy-to-follow experiment cards with skill-building investigations on front and scientific information on back. Develop skills in identifying properties of magnets, using a compass, and recognizing that magnets have poles that repel and attract each other.

Makey Makey

Makey Makey

“Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. You can use it to turn everyday objects into keys for your computer.”

Turn the whole world into a keyboard with this simple invention for art, engineering, and everything in between. Alligator Clip objects to the Makey Makey, then when you touch the object, the computer just thinks a keyboard key is being pressed, so you can type a letter, jump in a video game, take a picture, or play some music. Make a banana piano, play Mario on a play dough game pad, and build simple circuits, or distance rate and time switches.

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Mecaniko

Young engineers can build objects from the real world with this updated erector set. Instruction sheets are included to get you started. Promotes reasoning skills, allowing children to begin making more complex assemblies as they develop creativity.

Microscope and Slides

Microscope & Slides

Take a closer look at everyday items with this microscope and set of more than 50 slides. NOTE: Please be sure to keep the lower mirror/lamp pointed down when not in use, otherwise the batteries will go dead.

Patterning

Patterning

Kids get hands-on patterning practice with a step-by-step instruction chart that kids can easily follow on their own – no reading required.

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Planetarium Projector

Bring the nighttime sky into your room with a rotating star pattern of the northern sky or choose from 24 images of planets, nebulae, moons, space craft and other celestial bodies.

Playground Engineering

Playground Engineering

Budding engineers can use their imaginations and creativity to build their own playgrounds while sharpening problem solving, critical thinking, and sequential spatial relationship skills. Designed with tactile learners in mind, this hands-on set will teach kids to ask, imagine, plan, build, and improve.

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Snap Circuits Arcade

Have fun learning all about electronics while building over 300 exciting projects with easy-to-identify color-coded parts.

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Snap Circuits Extreme

Have fun learning all about electronics and circuits while building one of 600+ exciting projects with easy-to-identify color-coded parts.

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Squishy Human Body & Brain

Explore and assemble a 3D puzzle like no other with soft, squishy organs and removable bones. Learn how organs and parts of the brain fit together as you explore the human body. Information cards let you follow a bite of pizza as it travels through the body and interacts with different internal systems and an illustrated book teaches about how your brain works.

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Turing Tumble

Turing Tumble is a revolutionary new game where players build mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles. Turing Tumble offers students the opportunity to peek under the hood of computers and discover how they work. It is hands-on, fun, easy to learn and the logic is all right there in front of them. It works great in math stations, unit studies, for learning engineering concepts, introducing computer science principles, or for free choice time.

Build a mechanical computer powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles. Have a blast learning to code in a language without words. Turing Tumble blurs the line between coding and building machinery. Learn coding strategy, binary operations, and logic gates in a fun, tangible way.

Geosafari Talking Microscope

Look, listen, and learn as wildlife warrior, Bindi Irwin, shares kid-friendly facts about nature! Take a closer look with the only talking microscope for preschoolers packed with photo-quality images and audio about the amazing, up-close world of animals, plants, everyday items and more. Each slide contains three different images and there are four language settings.

Boat Engineer

Read the funny story of two inquisitive young engineers and build your own simple models of the boats they encounter. The boats actually float, making for fun and easy experiments around the sink or bathtub. This 52-piece science kit and storybook provides an engaging way to teach simple engineering concepts, developing fine motor skills, STEM skills, visual-spatial skills, and reasoning and concept development skills.

City Engineering Set

Discover how bridges are made! Through full-color photographs, easy-to-read text, and hands-on projects, young engineers and architects are introduced to the world of bridges, including the types of bridges, how they’re built, and key terms. This fast-paced nonfiction book will engage budding engineers while also covering U.S. Next Generation Science standards and National Science Education Standards.

Count & Color Choo Choo

All aboard the learning express! Build number, shape and color recognition skills with this fun interactive train set featuring rolling wheels and an easy-to-grab size that’s perfect for little hands. Kids can sort the blocks by shape and color, count the total number found in the train, and build fine motor skills while loading the blocks back into the right train cars. They can also use the blocks as construction toys, stacking and building with them during free-play imaginative adventures.

Curlies Tessellation

Introduce early geometry shapes and their relationship to each other with the chance to improve visual and motor coordination while gaining experience in problem solving and recognizing and matching colors and shapes. Each card indicates the needed pieces, then has a shape. Use the indicated pieces to build the shape directly on top of the drawn shape on the card. There are 6 cards for each of the 5 skill levels.

Fort Builder

Build the fort of your dreams—with our strong, snap-together builders! Just attach the poles to the kid-friendly connectors…then cover with a sheet or blanket for hours of fun. A step-by-step guide shows how to build everything from a kid’s castle to a super-cool igloo, but use your imagination to bring your own creations to life!

Geometric Tessellation

Introduce early geometry shapes and their relationship to each other with the chance to improve visual and motor coordination while gaining experience in problem solving and recognizing and matching colors and shapes. Each card indicates the needed pieces, then has a shape. Use the indicated pieces to build the shape directly on top of the drawn shape on the card. There are 6 cards for each of the 5 skill levels.

I Can Build It Architecture Set

Young architects learn about spatial reasoning and building in three dimensions as they construct one realistic house after another! Just follow the prompts on our activity cards—slotting together plastic walls, floors and roof pieces to create 10 different houses even professionals would be proud of. With every house completed, kids develop essential STEM skills and spatial awareness.

Magic Penny Magnets

Make a coin go head over heels in two directions at once, spin at over 1,000 revolutions a minute, walk a tightrope and somersault on a bridge! Balance four coins on the rim of a teacup, too! Learn to build levitating pyramids, rocket launchers, airplanes, rotating earrings, nodding birds and floating balloons. The activity booklet contains 44 projects.

Marble Circuit Game

It’s the multi-directional marble maze with 64 puzzling challenges! Choose a card to see your puzzle and place the multi-directional tiles on the board. Release the steel marbles to see if you land your targets. If you’re off base, move the tiles until your marble circuits deliver a picture-perfect landing! It’s logic, strategy and a brain game all in one!

Pendulonium

Physics fundamentals become playtime fun! Can you propel the balls into goal cups with the help of an adjustable pendulum? Engineering, problem solving, and critical thinking skills will be needed as you explore early physics concepts like force and momentum in search of the ideal solution. The pendulum is completely kid-powered, so it helps build hand-eye coordination and muscle control. The booklet is filled with easy-to-build challenges, which ramp up in difficulty to encourage leveled play and continued development.

Perplexus Original

Perplexus Original is a bendy, trendy, can’t-put-it-down challenge! Roll the ball to one of the starting points. If you can’t find them… put Perplexus down and slowly back away! Flip, twist and spin Perplexus to move the ball along the numbered path. When you fall off the track, cuz it’s gonna happen, just start over! If you make it to the end, pat yourself on the back, then try racing your friends on the clock! Complete all four Perplexus puzzles to become a Master!

Prevocabulary Trios

Learn over 50 vocabulary words in one game! Promotes vocabulary development, improves recognition and matching, and increases reading speed. Each plastic chip has three vocabulary words or pictures; just match the words with their corresponding pictures!

Write & Wipe Tracing Letters

Children can practice writing with these colorful, oversized uppercase and lowercase letters. Trace on the dotted line with a dry-erase marker, then wipe clean to practice again!

Hardwood Blocks

Blocks help develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination for all ages, while also providing an opportunity to teach colors, shapes and numbers. They are also a chance to use imagination and practice sharing and cooperation.

Jumbo Gears

Create a winding gear train, a cranking tower with a fan or any wacky interlocking contraption you can imagine! Build tall, build wide … Or both! The possibilities are endless! Supports STEM by encouraging creativity, design, critical thinking, problem solving and step-by-step construction.

Foam Peg Board Set

Play with pegs and a pegboard! Create patterns with the colors, stack them into towers, and help develop fine motor skills while you build. When you’re done, knock them over and try again!

Gear-bot kit

Roll out the adventures with a real-moving robot you design yourself! Just connect any combination of gears, claws, heads and more to a motorized base…use the remote to direct your mighty robot to roll and turn in any direction you choose.

Mathlink Cubes

This set pairs 100 cubes with 30 learning challenges that make math lessons fun. Using the colorful cubes as a handy visual aid, little learners can learn addition and subtraction, practice sequencing through color and shape recognition, and experience perspective through 3-D building challenges. They also double as fun building toys! MathLink Cubes link together on all sides of each cube, are easy for little hands to snap together and twist apart, and are ideal for counting to 100 by ones and tens, grouping, and one-to-one correspondence.

Mini Motor Math

Count your way to the finish line! These colorful cars are ready to rev their engines for early math learning fun. Attach the finish line to the track numbered 1-10 for a high-octane counting race up to 10, or push it into overdrive by racing to 20! Start your engines to learn counting 1-20, early addition, number sequencing, patterning, and more!

Monkey Balance

This game teaches basic counting and beginning math skills and encourages retention through stimulating multi-level math games. Monkey Balance is easy to learn so everyone can start playing instantly.

Robotikits Robot Kit

A terrific kit for the student just getting into robotics, this simple kit allows kids to build four different models (with four different types of movement) and easily transition between them. The central red module forms the basis for “Grandpa-Bot,” a tractor-trailer, a cricket and a two-legged “Beast.” Gears and accessories fill in the details. 

Coding Critters

Learning to code has never been simpler with Ranger & Zip to help teach along the way! Follow their storybook or make up your own story for multiple ways to code and have fun. You can also feed, pet, and take care of Ranger & Zip while they’re in Play Mode!

Bllox Stacking Race

Bllöx helps build and improve dexterity, fine and gross motor development, color recognition, pattern recognition and more…but most importantly, it is heaps of FUN for the whole family! Each Player gets 5 blocks; then just flip over a card and race to build what you see!

Alphabet Rubbing Plates

These fun-to-use plates let kids create instant artwork from A to Z! Each plate has an upper- and lowercase letter, plus 2 images with the same initial sound. Also includes animal picture plates! Kids just place paper over the plates and rub with crayons to reinforce letter recognition, initial sounds and more! 

Lux Blox

LUX is a revolution in smart construction fun! The Primer takes advantage of Lux multi-wheels and rubber bands to create structures utilizing a pulley and gear system like the Radar Machine and GearBox. Demonstrate complex geometric principles with the Rhombicosidodecahedron!

Maze Racers

Build the trickiest maze you can imagine as fast as you can, then swap mazes with your opponent and start to race! By tilting their board, each player steers their ball through the maze as quick as they can to complete it first.

Mobi Math Tiles

This game introduces simple math in a fun way! Connect your number tiles in a grid using the blue mathematical operation tiles. The first player to connect all their tiles wins!

Spiral Design Kit

The Spiral Art Design Center cleverly combines the principles of art and mathematics so that you can create awesome geometric designs.

Marble Mania

Techno Gears Marble Mania is a great way to develop your child’s building skills. The Zoomerang set includes over 80 pieces to build and create your own marble and gear run. Once completed, the corkscrew marble lifter can be cranked to elevate the marble to the top of the build where the track and the fun begin.

Xyloba Piccolino

Xyloba is a creative marble run for building and composing at the same time. It develops motor function and spatial imagination, and facilitates a creative approach to music. You can build marble runs that are different every time and four interchangeable sound modules produce simple melodies and rhythms. The fun really begins when, in addition to building, kids start composing.