• Road On A Roll Offers A Quick, Inexpensive Way To Build A Derby Track

    Road On A Roll Offers A Quick, Inexpensive Way To Build A Derby Track

    Building a long, large, winding derby track for your son’s die cast cars to cruise on sounds awesome. Until you realize just how expensive a long, large, winding derby track will eventually cost. There has to be a cheap way to build something like that, right? Turns out there is with Road on a Roll. A paper-based road and track system, it lets you lay down a massive flat driving track for cheap. And it’s cheap because it’s entirely made from paper, [...]

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  • TinkerBots: This is The Modular Toy Robot You’ve Been Waiting For

    TinkerBots: This is The Modular Toy Robot You’ve Been Waiting For

    Modular, snap-on electronics might very well become the choice educational toys of this generation, enabling STEM learning without the complexities associated with traditional avenues of training. As big fans as we are of products like littleBits, though, we have a feeling that TinkerBots will have a better shot at keeping children’s attention. Described as a “perfect hands-on introduction to the world of robotics,” it lets children build functional robots of varying complexities. Whether for 5-year old kids fashioning their first automaton [...]

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  • Man Hands: Because Everyone Deserves A Big Hand

    Man Hands: Because Everyone Deserves A Big Hand

    Big hands are great, making it easier to hail cabs, catch balls, and slap any guy who grabs at you in a crowded bar.  Unfortunately, your hands are tiny and plastic surgery for dainty hands has not been developed yet.  In the meantime, you can enjoy some of the benefits of large paws with these oversized Man Hands. A huge pair of gloves clad in the likeness of real hands, it lets you wave at friends, cover your son’s eyes [...]

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  • Wonki Wands Let You Blow 40-Foot Long Giant Soap Bubbles

    Wonki Wands Let You Blow 40-Foot Long Giant Soap Bubbles

    Sure, you can blow soap bubbles mixing simple solutions and using small cookie cutters you have lying around at home.  And while we don’t doubt they’ll make for plenty of fun, that fun isn’t likely to come close to the fun you’ll have with the giant 40-foot bubbles you can make using the Wonki Wands. That’s right, ridiculously massive soap bubbles stretching as large as 40 feet long — way bigger than the already-amazing 20-foot long bubbles Bubbleinc makes.  Soap [...]

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  • COI+ LEGO Power Brick 4200mAh Charger: Even External Batteries Can Be Fun

    COI+ LEGO Power Brick 4200mAh Charger: Even External Batteries Can Be Fun

    External batteries are utilitarian things, letting you grab a hit of juice for your phone even without an open outlet for miles.  But who says they can’t be fun, too?  Certainly not odd-gadget purveyor Brando (yes, those guys that sell everything from Creepy Spy Cams to USB Itch-Removal Gadgets to Air Multiplier knockoffs), who just added this COI+ LEGO Power Brick to their inventory. An erstwhile regular power bank (or external battery), it comes housed in a case that can [...]

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  • Filip Is A Wearable Phone Watch Designed With Child Safety In Mind

    Filip Is A Wearable Phone Watch Designed With Child Safety In Mind

    Giving your young children a phone can be helpful in many ways.  Not only will it allow you to communicate via calls and SMS, you can also turn on the GPS to track their location in real time.  Provided they don’t drop their phones while climbing a Pirate Ship Playhouse or destroy them from doing any of the raucous things little children do, that is.  The Filip offers a less troublesome alternative. Made by Filip Technologies, it looks like a [...]

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  • Strawbees Let You Build Mechanical Structures From Straw And Cardboard

    Strawbees Let You Build Mechanical Structures From Straw And Cardboard

    We loved the Toobalink for turning erstwhile throwaway cardboard tubes into construction toys. We have to admit, though, the resulting structures it creates aren’t necessarily pretty, with those chunky tubes and equally chunky connectors. Strawbees works in a similar way, except it lets you connect straws and cardboard, allowing for much better-looking custom structures. Made by Creatables, it’s a set of interlocking plastic connectors that you can attach to standard 6mm straws via the protruding arms, allowing you to build [...]

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  • Kitchen Table Tennis Turns Island Counters Into Ping Pong Central

    Kitchen Table Tennis Turns Island Counters Into Ping Pong Central

    That island countertop in the kitchen sure comes in handy for a whole load of things.  So why not burden it with a few more and turn that into the home’s official game table with this Kitchen Table Tennis Set. A folding game kit, the set unfolds into a complete table tennis playing area that covers the kitchen tabletop.  That way, you can hit those little balls with Incredible Hulk power using your Brodmann Blades without ruining the table surface [...]

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  • Indoor Flameless Marshmallow Roaster: Campfire Fun At Home

    Indoor Flameless Marshmallow Roaster: Campfire Fun At Home

    Nature is awesome and all, but camping just isn’t something you’ll ever fall in love with.  Not with the mosquitoes and the mud and all the messy crap that goes with it.  But, gathering around a campfire making marshmallows?  That’s something you actually enjoy.  Fortunately, you don’t need to hit the dirty trails to do that with the Indoor Flameless Marshmallow Roaster. A simple cooking appliance, it’s a circular device where you can heat good old fashioned mallows in the [...]

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  • Kinetic Creatures Bring Cardboard Animals To Life

    Kinetic Creatures Bring Cardboard Animals To Life

    Cardboard animals you have to assemble yourself can keep a kid busy for hours.  When the finished toys integrate mechanisms for walking on four legs, those hours are likely to multiply.  And we’re guessing that’s exactly what will happen with these Kinetic Creatures. Made mostly from pre-cut cardboards, with rods and wires to facilitate movement, the cardboard animals can be made to walk across your cardboard table by simply cranking a wire turn handle.  Yep, just like a low-tech cardboard [...]

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  • WaterColorBot Is An Awesome Watercolor Painting CNC Robot

    WaterColorBot Is An Awesome Watercolor Painting CNC Robot

    Remember chart plotters from back in the day?  While those things have, pretty much, gone the way of the dinosaur, someone figured out a way to repurpose their mechanism to make this art-creating WaterColorBot. Made by 12-year old maker Super Awesome Sylvia and Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, the contraption will take a design you made from a computer paint program and transfer it to a canvas using watercolor.  Granted, the result isn’t likely to get you a show at the [...]

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  • Sand By Brookstone Combines Wet Sand And Play-Doh In A Magical Alchemy Of Awesomeness

    Sand By Brookstone Combines Wet Sand And Play-Doh In A Magical Alchemy Of Awesomeness

    Making stuff with sand is so much fun — when you’re on the beach.  At home, though, that thing just makes for an unsightly mess.  Bringing home buckets of sand for building sand castles in the living room is just a horrible idea.  That is, of course, before Sand by Brookstone came into existence. No, Brookstone isn’t tricking you by selling you sand they simply repackaged from the beach.  Instead, it’s sand (that, yes, may have come from the beach) [...]

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  • littleBits Introduces Your Kids to Fun Modular Electronic Projects

    littleBits Introduces Your Kids to Fun Modular Electronic Projects

    I know plenty of parents who’d like to get their little kids interested in electronics — those engineers make serious money these days, after all.  Between the soldering, wiring and all the coding involved, though, even adults are probably going to end up more frustrated than entertained fiddling with a bunch of random electronic components.  New York-based littleBits is looking to change that by letting kids create working electronics without all the tedious work. Originally founded in 2011, the company [...]

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  • Pin Pres Children’s Shelf Uses Push Pins For Unlimited Design Options

    Pin Pres Children’s Shelf Uses Push Pins For Unlimited Design Options

      I know the Pin Pres is designed as a reconfigurable children’s shelf.  It makes a great space to stash their toys, it’s easy to rearrange, and it makes for endless hours of kiddie fun.  Still, I want one for myself. Created by OOO My Design, the children’s furniture is comprised of a board packed with built-in push pins that go through to the other side.  Kids can line up the shelves themselves or, more likely, they can just push [...]

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  • Kids Rule Is The Giant Wooden Ruler Of My Childhood Fantasies

    Kids Rule Is The Giant Wooden Ruler Of My Childhood Fantasies

    Want a giant ruler?  Of course you do.  Who doesn’t want a giant ruler?  If you have little kids, you can use that as the perfect excuse to get the Kids Rule.  Made by Lovestruck Interiors, it’s a growth chart for measuring how tall your young ones are getting, just like those cardboard, canvas and plastic charts you can get from children’s supplies stores.  Instead of sporting cute kiddie graphics, it’s done up like a giant vintage wooden ruler — [...]

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  • Mazooka Is A Bazooka For Firing Marshmallows

    Mazooka Is A Bazooka For Firing Marshmallows

    Back when you went through a Hunger Games phase, the Bow and Mallow grew to become your favorite way to annoy family and friends.  Now that you’ve gotten over it, you want a new way to fling marshmallows: we recommend getting one of these Mazookas. One-upping your standard handheld marshmallow shooter, the toy takes on the form of a shoulder-fired mallow launcher, allowing you to pelt enemies with sugary treats Rambo-style.  It’s got power to spare, too, hurling mallows at [...]

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  • Volta Racer Toy Cars Use Flexible Solar Panels For Power

    Volta Racer Toy Cars Use Flexible Solar Panels For Power

    Buying a small child a toy with an integrated solar panel for power is like flushing money down the drain.  You just know they’re going to wreck that photovoltaic slab shortly down the line.  While these Solar Foam Racers’ flexible solar panel isn’t damage-proof, it will probably last a heck of a lot longer than the rigid ones other toy cars use. Made by Toy Labs, the cars use a flexible polycrystalline silicon solar panel for its sun-gathering purposes — [...]

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  • Putter Pool Looks Ridiculously Fun

    Putter Pool Looks Ridiculously Fun

    You enjoy a round of golf with business acquaintances as much as you enjoy drunken pool with the buddies, but neither is really that fun to play with your kids.  We’re not sure how you’ll enjoy Putter Pool, but the chance of entertainment is always high when games are this ridiculous. Basically, it’s a putting game played on a mat with a pool table layout, along with numbered golf balls instead of those blank dimpled thingies.  That way, you can [...]

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  • Apptivity Fortress For iPad Brings Real-World Play And Apps Together

    Apptivity Fortress For iPad Brings Real-World Play And Apps Together

    Fisher-Price has a bunch of toys at this year’s CES that attempt to bridge the gap between digital and physical play.  Our favorite of the lot has to be this Imaginext Apptivity Fortress, a toy castle with an integrated iPad slot that allows for some truly engaging play. Designed for kids, the toy combines a real-world playset with a virtual app that all revolve around a fortress theme.  To use, you need to download the similarly-named game from the App [...]

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