Building 101

AC077177The space within becomes the reality of the building.
Frank Lloyd Wright

The size of a building is only as big as the heart of its creator. And Nasco carries building sets for every age and size of Frank Lloyd wannabees.

Let’s start with BIG blocks. They make great forts, crawl-throughs, fences, and towers. Brik-A-Blok™ Building Sets (EL10697) are easy to assemble, 16” x 16” and are suitable for outdoor play. How about our Jumbo Cardboard Block Deluxe Set (SB41803 for 40 pieces), made of a strong, heavy grade cardboard? Our Wonder Foam® Blocks™ (SB19352 for 68 blocks) are colorful, soft, and lightweight? And our Play Brix™ (SB41383) are made from corrugated cardboard and printed with a water-resistant coating.

Want to take your building to the next level? Nasco has a huge selection of KNEX® Building Sets to test your creativity and techniques. The Energy, Motion & Aeronautics Set (SB48251) encourages you to build 9 models including an airplane with controls; The Real Bridge Building Set (SB37491) demonstrates 7 key bridge types including an arch, beam, and cantilever; and the huge Simple Machines Deluxe Set (SB30189) includes one 12-volt motor to building 60 fully-functioning models including the 5 foot tall Big Ball Factory.

We have fun marble runs you can build too! The Marble Run Construction Game with 88 pieces (SB19677), or the Block N Roll™ Deluxe Set (SB40321) help you build spectacular structures for your marbles to roar through. Better yet, we have Techno Gears Marble Mania that will keep builders busy for hours by creating moving and working creations. Try The Alpha (SB49753) or The Genius 2.0 (SB46839) with over 400 pieces including dual power listers, quad track marble channels, and a marble loop channel.

How about going on a trip? We have delightful wooden train sets you can track all around your room: the Wooden Train Set (SB39018, 100 pcs.) has a variety of tracks, creating a different configuration every time you build it. Or it’s bigger brother, the Deluxe Wooden Railway Set (SB41793. 132 pieces) that has everything a young engineer could need. Need some background scenery for your trains? Nasco offers a 100-piece Colored Wooden Block Super Set (SB40058) to make buildings, towers, and more.

Then there are the variety of building components that dazzle the fingers and the mind. Take a look at Magnetic Polydrons (TB25594), 184 pieces of magnetic activity; Superstructs Wacky Machine Set (EL11911) that builds seven different zany machines; or perhaps Linkazoo!™ (EL10841) that lets you construct endless animal formations that will defy both gravity and the laws of nature.

You are never too young or too old to improve your cognitive skills, expand your creativity, and to plain have fun. Building the buildings of tomorrow keeps your mind sharp and your patience under control. Let Nasco help you have fun all the way.

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

Health Care Can Be Humerus

Skeleton - Anterior 2Health Care is a hard thing to blog about. There are so many fingers on that hand –- nutrition, anatomy, personal and social development, fitness, hygiene –- a lot of fingers to count, a lot of worlds to explore. Wikipedia defines health care as, “the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in humans.”

This is true, as any visit to the doctor will tell you. Your physical body handles it all. There are 206 bones in the human body, 60,000 miles of blood vessels, 45 miles of nerves, and 10 trillion cells. And that’s just for starters. That’s a lot to take care of.

On a larger scale, Nasco’s Health Care and Science catalogs carry an amazing array of teaching tools for students, teachers, doctors, and other medical professionals. Our anatomically correct manikins and simulators have become some of the most respected products in the industry, training our would-be caretakers in such diverse fields as wound care, childbirth, CPR, airway management, nursing skills, suturing, crisis management, and more.

Many, though, are looking for a more “everyday” view of the world of anatomy. Nasco has plenty of choices to piqué any future med student’s interest, no matter what their age. For younger students, there are 3-D Skeleton Demonstration Magnets or Magnetic Human Body, both great to use on whiteboards; and the Deluxe Human Body Curriculum Kit, which includes a great assortment of classroom materials to explore the human body.

Moving up the body ladder, Nasco offers a ½ life-sized Circulatory System Model, excellent for teaching how the entire vascular system works; Dimensional Man, a 6-ft. anatomical chart that transforms into a 3-D model, introducing students to the basic anatomy of bones, muscles, organs, arteries and veins; or a genderless 10-Part Human Torso, that displays the body’s systems and major organs.

But what if you only want an “armchair” view of this fascinating field? Nasco has plenty of posters to entertain and inform the senses on a visual playing field. The Peter Bachin 3-D Anatomical Chart Series is a set of 10 lithographed masterpieces of art, covering functioning body systems including Skeletal, Muscular, Reproductive, Vascular, and more. Our Systems of the Body Posters, sold individually, are also 3-D, and include additional relevant information across each poster. Try the Muscular System, or the Human Skeleton for starters. Simpler posters include Laboratory Safety Posters, Set of 10, or Science Methods Bulletin Board Set.

We have a full array of DVDs, books, and CD-ROMs for your armchair –- or classroom –- study. Try the Standard Deviants School Anatomy DVD Super Pack, or The Human Body: How It Works DVD Series for an all-inclusive informational experience.

And lest you think anatomy is all straight laced and boring, Nasco also offers such great products as Human Skeleton Playing Cards, Skeletons in the Closet Game, Human Anatomy Clever Catch® Inflatable Ball, Kid’s Anatomy Apron, or the Amazing Squishy Brain, a nine-piece transparent skull that you can fill with squishy brain parts, eyeballs, and vertebrae pieces. We also have a 3 pc.Human Skull that can sit right on the corner of your desk. How interesting is that?

The more you know about your body, the better you can take care of it. Whether it’s information for your students, or merely a better personal understanding of how things work, there is always something to learn in the wide world of Anatomy.

See…sometimes anatomy can be humerus…

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

Nasco Releases 2015 Arts & Crafts Catalog!

Get your Nasco Arts & Crafts Catalog here!The Art Teacher’s Favorite Catalog!

This year’s catalog has added over 100 pages, making the 628-page catalog Nasco’s largest ever. Over 5,000 new products have been added, including tried-and-true art materials that help every artist and student create amazing work. Each product is designed to make teaching more effective and meaningful for students from kindergarten to college. You will find many exclusive products available only at Nasco. Choose from a wide variety of art kits, posters designed for the art room, new games, and tablets.

As an advocate for art education, Nasco is proud to be a member of the National Art Education Association and supports Youth Art Month through the Council for Art Education. Nasco is dedicated to delivery and hopes this catalog makes ordering your art materials easy.

View the entire Nasco Arts & Crafts catalog online at to explore teacher resource materials, new products, special sales and discounts on overstock and discontinued items, contests, and lesson plans.

For your free copy of the 2015 Nasco Arts & Crafts catalog, call 1.800.558.9595; order online; or write to Nasco, 901 Janesville Avenue, P.O. Box 901, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0901.

Audial and Visual Delights

Garden 013Our senses are the most important tools we have to experience the world in all its glory. A colorful sunset, the scent of bacon frying, the pitter patter of rain or the touch of a cashmere sweater all tickle our senses and awaken our passion for life. But what if we can’t always slip out to the beach for a little walk in the sand? Or it’s a cloudy night, preventing us from watching a meteor shower? Are there vehicles out there that can safely drive us around the universe and have us home in time for dinner?

Music is an obvious choice for relaxation and introspection. Take time every day to listen to at least one song that transports you to another place. If classical comes to mine, Nasco offers its own Classical Treasures CD Set (SN31768) that presents over 600 minutes of classical heaven. Or how about Western Themes (SN32421) to bring images of the open plains? And nothing beats music from the ’50s Crooners for a trip back in time. Try The Crooners Set (SN31358), the 40’s Sentimental Journey (SN32203) or Soft ‘N’ Smooth Sets (Set #1, SN32164 or Set #2, SN32142) to bring back warm memories of music – and days – gone by.

Or Sound Therapy? Instrumental music can rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. Jeff Gold’s Music Escapes: Music For Relaxing (SN35683) and Simple Treasures (SN35684) are filled with melodic, uplifting tunes to help you calm down and relax.

What about television? I’m not sure there is much tactile stimuli in flipping through the channels. But there are wonderful visual DVDs to be found here too; entertainment on both a visual and audial level. Dream Scapes (SN31225) will mesmerize you with gentle flows of color in motion accompanied by relaxing piano music. Absolutely fascinating and calming. KaleidoVisions (SN01973) turns your television into a mesmerizing ever-changing kaleidoscope. The exquisite geometric designs are set to a tranquil chakra suite for a profound synergy of color and music.

And, of course, we carry the ever-popular Ambient Fire (SN01932) and Ambient Water (SN01933) DVDs that immerse you in the sights and sounds of nature through a fireplace or an aquarium. We have Earthworks Scenery and Soothing Music DVDs (Paint the Sky, SN31226), featuring pictures of clouds, rainbows and sunsets, accompanied by harp music; Flowers Everywhere (SN31227), flow images accompanied by enchanting harp music, or Tranquility (SN32056), a DVD that takes you to a realm of peace and tranquility with mysterious fog-surrounded trees, gently flowing streams, and hidden waterfalls, all set to beautiful piano music.

How can you not relax?

How about a little bit of 3-D relaxing radiance? Little waterfalls and water gardens are reminiscent of the peace found in nature’s gardens. The sound of moving water has always put the capital R in Relaxation. Nasco carries a dryer version of eternal water flow with our Tabletop Water Panels (9715746); thousands of illuminated bubbles percolate inside six vertical chambers. Better yet, plastic strips included allow you to change the color of the bubbles in the panels. Our Radiance Lamps (SN30996, 13”H), or the floor version (SN30997, 40-1/2” H) are clear tubes filled with hundreds of acrylic rocks surrounding multicolored LEDs. Both enclosed water worlds could easily occupy a permanent corner of your room.

Can’t get outside because of city lights, clouds or rain? Bring the stars in to you! Nasco’s Star Theater® Home Planetarium with Interactive Meteor Maker (SB35730) turns any ceiling into a star-studded sky. It projects hundreds of stars, planets and constellations onto ceilings and walls, bringing the galaxy to you.

Mother Nature tempts us with visual treats of her own. Make time to open the windows and breathe in the fresh air. Watch a thunderstorm approach in the distant sky. Watch snow pile up in the driveway or hang wind chimes outside your door. Never feel that time spent relaxing is time wasted. When you take time to breathe you take time to live.

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