Illusions Are Reality at Nasco

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Bad grammar and sloppy typing aside, there is something to be said about illusions. They make us think; they make us reason. Best of all, illusions get the synapses in our brains firing. When synapses come in contact with illusions, there are happy flashes for all. Nasco catalogs are filled with ways to get your imagination going.

Tangrams, for instance. Tangrams are ancient Chinese puzzles consisting of 7 simple pieces (1 square, 5 triangles, and 1 rhomboid). The challenge is to arrange these 7 pieces into a myriad of shapes: animals, paradoxes, boats, people, and more. Sounds so easy, but it can quickly get very complicated – and fun. Nasco has a book to start you on your tangram way: Tangram 330 Puzzles (TB14665), challenges you with puzzles for all ages and talents. Magnetic Foam Tangrams (TB25459, 28-8” pieces; or TB25458, 28-4” pieces), are great for whiteboard work. We offer sets of colors: Individual Sets (TB17310, 1 set of 7 plastic pieces), Bucket Sets (TB21923, 36 sets of 7 pieces), Bulk Sets (TB21924, 150 sets of 7 pieces), and Class Sets (TB24183 and TB24182) which include tangrams, cards, activity sheets, Fractions with Tangrams book, and a plastic storage container.

Love to draw? Tessellations are for you. Tessellations are any repeating pattern of interlocking geometric shapes that seem to go on forever. Think of Islamic art or a brick floor. But tessellations are so much more fun when you create them yourself! Our Geometric Tessellation Set (TB25562) includes 100 pieces in 5 different shapes; and the Letter Tessellation Set (TB25564) includes 70 pieces in 7 different letter shapes. There are also Animal Templates (9727936), Curlies (TB25563), and Ocean (TB24848) Tessellation Sets to bring out the illusionist in you.

Or how about Zentangles®? Zentangles® are abstract drawings created using repetitive patterns. Try our Zentangle® Basics (9729411); Zentangle® 7, Inspiring Circles, Zendalas and Shapes (9732970); the Joy of Zentangle® (9733597); or the Zentangle® Classroom Set (9730988) to keep your illusions growing.

The artist M.C. Escher created some of the most brilliant surrealistic illusions. Nasco carries an Escher Tessellation Poster Set (9720817) which includes six of his most popular works such as Sky and Water and Encounter; the Escher Prints Collection One (Z12124), a set of ten black and white posters, include famous prints of Reptiles, Day and Night,  and Bond of Union, just to mention a few; the Escher Prints Collection II (Z40594) is also a collection of 10 prints which include Three Worlds, Balcony, Print Gallery, and seven more.

Do you consider coloring books illusions? Nasco has some sweet ones for you, then. How about Quilt Place Mats to Color (9710326) in quilt block patterns, or Velvet Art Poster Sets in 16” x 20” size (SN02738) or 6” x 9” (SN31627)? Nasco also sells Scapes Coloring Books, Set of 3 (9732121), which includes MasterScapes, ArchiScapes, and EnviroScapes. Fun!

Questions on any of our products? Feel free to call our friendly Customer Service Center at 1-800-558-9595, or visit our website



Exercise Isn’t Just for Gym Class Anymore

12074316951124442156exercise fitness black.svg.hiWhen you think of exercise, do you think of Mr. Sumner’s grade-school gym class? Does the thought of working out bring flashbacks of endless jumping jacks in the gym? Today is a busier world than ones we fondly remember, be it ten months ago or ten years ago. But worry no more – Nasco’s Physical Education world has lots of products to make your reentry – or continued participation – in the world of sports and exercises a breeze.

Got game? Get the urge to get a few of your friends together for fun and fitness? We can add color and durability, no matter what sport you choose. A neighborhood baseball game? We have colorful Whiffle Baseballs (2-7/8”) for the beginner (White PE00310; Red PE00971; Purple PE00976 and more); a 9” Softouch® IncrediBall®, PE00575, or a 16” Chicago Style Official Clincher® PE01094 Baseball. Baseball bats? How about a colorful set including red, orange, blue, green, purple and yellow PE05833? Or gloves: Champion® 12” Leather/Vinyl Glove, PE00270 for lefties and PE00269 for righties; or a Franklin® 13” Fielders Glove, PE04945 for lefties, PE04944 for righties?

Maybe it’s easier to get your friends to play hoops. Gals and guys both will have a great time shooting with our huge assortment of basketballs. We carry great brands like Spaulding®, Wilson®, Baden®, Rawllings®, Champion®, Tachikara®, and Mikasa® in men, women, and junior sizes.

When the football game inside gets boring (or when you’ve had way too many snacks), why not grab the group and go outside and toss around your own pigskin? We have all prices ranges and materials, such as Wilson® 1005 NCAA Size 5 Leather Ball (PE05040), Fun Gripper® Grip Zone™ 8-1/2” Football in blue (PE03892), Yellow (PE03890), Red (PE03888) and more, or a 10-Man Flag Football Set (PE06695).

Maybe you’d like to develop – or redevelop – the grace of a gazelle and the eye of a hawk. Tennis might be more your style. Nasco carries great racquets such as the Champion® Aluminum Racquet with Leather Grip with Midsize Head (PE06479), or A MAC-T™ Motion Partner Tennis Racket Set of 6 (PE08641). We have lots of tennis balls, too: everything from a package of three Penn® Coach Teaching Balls (PE01096) to Gamma Quick Kids™
36 Foam Balls (PE07967 for bag of 12 balls).

How about volleyball in the sand (or in the snow)? A colorful array awaits you! Try a Champion® Synthetic Leather Volleyball (PE05765), a Spaulding® TF-VB1 Volleyball in red/white/blue (PE08400), or a Tachikara® Fashion Volleyball in Shamrock Green (PE07489). Of course, plain white rules too: maybe a White Tachikara® Gold Volleyball (PE00092) or a Mikasa® Recreational Volleyball (PE04952).

Not a lot of room? Gymsticks Resistance Sets might just be for you. We have light resistance (PE07837) all the way up to Super Strong (PE07841). Nasco also carries SPRI®Xertubes®, (yellow PE05283, Green PE05284, Red PE05285, and more), or colorful Dyna-Band® Stretch Latex Resistance Bands (Light/Pink PE00587, Medium/Green PE00586, or Heavy Resistance/Purple PE00588). There are colorful Exercise Balls ranging from 18” dia. (PE05187 and more) to 37” (PE05192) dia.

Don’t forget that walking outside, around a gym, or through the mall are also great ways to keep in shape. We have a wonderful range of pedometers, including ULTRAK 240 with a large display and single button operation (PE07442), MAC-T® Pedometer (PE08013(A)), or an ACCUSPLIT® AE1620 Pedometer (WA25975).

Want to keep track of your heart rate too? We have a number of items to choose from. The Pulse Flash Heart Rate Monitor (PE09021) and the ePulse®2 Heart Rate Monitor & Calorimeter (PE07497) can be worn as watches. And the Omron® Body Logic™ Body Fat Analyzer SB28528 can give you measurements in seven seconds.

All in all, getting in shape is not just for gym class any more. It’s for all of us, no matter our age, size, or experience. Come check out our Physical Education catalog and see what exercise can be!

Questions on any of our products? Feel free to call our friendly Customer Service Center at 1-800-558-9595, or visit our website

Nutrition Rules!

Fruits and Vegetables (3)I bet that when you were a kid, you’d roll your eyes every time your mother told you to eat your vegetables. Now that you’re older, you realize mom really did know what she was talking about.

Nutrition is on everyone’s mind these days. We all are aware of the need to eat smarter. This is the world of Nasco Nutrition.

Start when children are young. Our Health and Your Body Book Collection (EL10981) inspires healthy habits with easy-to-read pages. Healthy Eating with MyPlate Series (WA29074) teaches kids about the importance of a healthy diet.

Posters are always incentive-makers. Nasco’s Healthy Food Train Poster (WA28304) starts children out on the right track by showing lists of healthy foods and portions. And the Mini English Color Posters (WA28317, set of 9) are as colorful as they are informative.

Who wouldn’t have fun with the Periodic Table of Fruits and Vegetables Posters (SB48659), the Periodic Table of Sugar Poster (SB48009), the Period Table of Caffeine Beverages (WA25955), or the Period Table of Snacks (SB47210) Posters? You’ll be amazed how many calories and how much sugar chips and a soda can be!

Junk food is one of the most invasive pastimes of young and old. Junk Food Blubber Busters™ (SB34987) and Fast Food Blubber Busters™ (SB49316) show you just how much fat is in your favorites. Our Fast Food Poster (WA28309) highlights common fast food choices and healthier alternatives. And need a reminder how much sugar is in the foods and drinks we consume? Look no further than our Sugar Shocker Food Poster (WA31429).

Obesity in children and adults is not a laughing matter. Nasco carries DVDs that really bring this matter to light. Obesity: An American Epidemic (WA26781) and Big Kids (SB50023) powerfully examine the physical and emotional results of the problem.

Good eating can be a good time, too. Our MyPlate Bulletin Board Set (WA31314) features healthy food characters engaged in physical activity. The original MyPlate (WA29164) reminds kids to make wise choices. And you can learn portion sizes and a variety of healthy choices with the Healthy Food for a Healthy You Bingo Game (WA29860).

Eating healthy is a life long commitment. Start small, keep it going. Keep it fun. And check Nasco’s Nutrition and Hands-on Health catalogs for more great nutrition ideas!

Nasco Releases 2015 Health Care Catalog!

The 2015-2016 Healthcare Educational Materials catalog, featuring Life/form® Highly Specialized Skills Trainers, Manikins, and Simulators, is now available from Nasco in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and Modesto, California.

The 220-page catalog includes Life/form® products that are manufactured by Nasco, along with many other teaching aids and models of outstanding quality. The major emphasis of the catalog is training with versatile medical procedure simulators that help give students confidence and solve the problem of finding willing “patients” for invasive student practice.

The catalog features these new Life/form® products: IV Arm Circulation Pump, Advanced Suture Trainer, Complete Ostomy Care Simulator, Advanced Injection Belly, Cricothyrotomy Simulator, Continuous Compression Manikin, and much more. The catalog continues to offer the Advanced Injection Arm; Advanced IV Hand; Diabetic Injection Trainers; First-Aid Arm; PALS Update Kit; Infant Airway Management Trainers; Intraosseous Infusion Simulators; Basic Buddy®, Baby Buddy™, and CPR Prompt® CPR Manikins; the GERi™ and KERi™ Nursing Skills Manikins; Micro-Preemie Simulator; Venatech IV Trainer; Patient Education Tracheostomy Care Set; Advanced Sanitary CPR Dog; and BioQuest® Inflatable Lung Kits featuring real NASCO-Guard® Preserved swine lungs. All Life/form® products are handcrafted in the U.S.A with ISO 9001 quality standards and feature the Life/form® five-year warranty.

Other products include the CPARLENE® CPR Manikins and Torsos — the most versatile and interchangeable CPR manikins available anywhere. The CRiSis™ Manikin is a Complete Resuscitation System with six stations, allowing you to practice different scenarios. The Child CRiSis™ Manikin and Infant CRiSis™ Manikin provide complete PALS training capabilities in one manikin. These features make this manikin line great for introductory classes, as well as advanced students. Add our full line of moulage products to complete many training scenarios.

The catalog also offers breast self-exam models, reproductive anatomy and gynecological models, anatomical models and replicas, skeletal materials, food and nutrition guidelines and replicas, Medcom/Trainex DVDs, anatomical charts, multimedia kits, games, and a complete line of Life/form® accessories.

View the Nasco Health Care catalog online at to explore new products and special website sale items.

For your free copy of the 2014 Nasco Health Care catalog, write to: Nasco, 901 Janesville Avenue, P.O. Box 901, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0901; call 1.800.558.9595; or order online.