You've still got a few shopping days left! Here is a list of mechanical toys that can be ordered online and at your home in plenty of time for the holidays.Battery Science: Make Widgets That Work and Gadgets That Go
- An affordable, creative kit for making all kinds of crazy little contraptions with little more than a small battery-powered motor. At $15, this is a great value and great fun.
More fun engineering from Klutz:Klutz Book of Paper AirplanesKarakuri: Bow Shooting Boy by Gakken
- A kit for the advance or ambitious maker, this is a plastic recreation of a famous Japanese karakuri. The boy actually picks up arrows, places them on the bow, and shoots at a mini target. Amazing! At $150 this may be best for the "big kid" in your life or a gifted youngster. A different Gakken Karakuri kit may be found at the MAKE magazine store
.Front Porch Classics Baseball
- I finally had a chance to play at a friend's house and I am pleased to say that this is a really great game. It's well made and doesn't take up a ton of room. This rather nice model runs $80, but there are versions for about half the price. Good for adults and kids.Lego Crazy Action Contraptions
and Lego Crazy Action Contraptions: A Lego Inventions Book
- Both spiral-bound books ($22 and $14, respectively) have clear instructions with step-by-step diagrams and come with a small pouch of LEGO bricks for the projects. Having additional basic Lego bricks
on hand is a good idea for the first book, and required for the second.
We'll be back tomorrow with part 2 of our last-minute mechanical gift suggestions
. You can also peruse The Automata / Automaton Store
where our staff has added hundreds of items that are available at Amazon.com.
[ My thanks to the esteemed members of The Automata / Automaton Group on Facebook for many of these suggestions! ]
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