When CogniToys asked me to check out their latest educational toy, STEMosaur, I was fearful it would end up in the pile of “nothing special” STEM toys that litter my kids’ room. I was absolutely wrong.
There’s an action figure that’s been making the rounds on Twitter, mostly because it’s so illogical it couldn’t possibly exist in our world. In short, it’s Lieutenant Worf... Master Jedi.
McDonald’s will no longer be shipping fitness trackers with its Happy Meals. The fast-food giant is discontinuing the cheap step-counters it was set to include in kid’s meals because the plastic bands are giving children rashes.
I didn't have a clue that Kinetic Sand existed. This Swedish invention is made of 98-percent sand and two-percent sorcery, so it sticks to itself and nothing else, allowing you to cut it clean. And then it feels like it moves on its own, which is creepy. Like some weird matter that is alive.
Remember when you had to pull back a Nerf gun's plunger and load a new dart for every single shot? That was a loooong time ago. The new Nerf Rhino-Fire rains down 50 rounds of fully-automatic flying foam from its dual drum magazines and twin oscillating barrels.
Ollie is the latest phone-controlled toy from the developers behind the Sphero robotic ball. For Ollie, the team actually reduced the toy's functionality so that it's basically just a super fast cylinder. It races around on two wheels, spinning, jumping, and crashing into stuff like a drunk speed skater.
Two new spaceships were just revealed for the X-Wing Miniatures Game. Shadows of the Empire fans will recognize Dash Rendar's Outrider right away:
This Swiss toy from the 19th century is a wonderful piece of mechanics that still works like the first day, no programmed obsolescence here. When you open the box a cute little blue bird pops out and flaps his wings as if it was alive by magic spell.
Building sandcastles is one of the fundamental joys in life, irrespective of how old you get. While coastal residents can hop down to play by the ocean any time, landlocked adventurers need to get a bit more creative. Enter Moon Dust, a quick and cheap recipe for sticky sand.
Magnetic putty makes me deeply happy. It slowly deforms under a gentle pull, or snaps when abruptly tugged, while the magnetism will draw it like a creeping monster to devour stray magnets. While a handful of putty is fun, I am utterly enchanted by a monstrous 100-pound blob.
This children's music toy handles the 5 major instruments.
Toy Fair is where America's children's dreams come true—sometimes. After visiting the 2013 edition at NYC's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the kid in me was terrified as much as he was delighted. I don't know if any boy or girl would play with some of the things I saw... or run.
After months of visiting venues, meeting potential photographers and trying to come to an agreement over which shade of hydrangea works best, it's no wonder couples are so willing to just throw money at a problem, like wedding invitations, to make it disappear.
While it's sad that Wayne and Garth are no longer actively producing their most excellent community television program, I'm sure they would totally approve of this rockin' messenger bag with a built-in functioning guitar. Party on, indeed.
Paper airplanes have been a staple of the student arsenal since they phased out slateboards and papyrus scrolls. The new PowerUp electric paper airplane engine turns docile handmade gliders into propeller-driven ATT (air-to-teacher) missiles.
I've noticed an increasing number of can't-be-bothered parents handing over an iPhone or iPad to their screaming tykes—but what if they throw up on it or try to eat it? The whiteboard anaPad's perfect for (faux) touchscreen child-rearing.