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PlayTape lets your child (or you) lay down roads or train track quickly and inexpensively

on Friday, September 5th, 2014
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

PlayTape is a roll of tape similar to painter’s tape that looks like a 2-lane blacktop road or railroad tracks. It’s a low-tack adhesive tape that is easy to tear and sticks to any flat surface without leaving behind sticky residue. Kids can stick it to hardwood or low pile carpeted floors to create raceRead More…

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The Balancing Tree will help your child develop fine motor skills

on Monday, September 1st, 2014
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

I thought of Jenga when I saw the Balancing Tree toy, but the Balancing Tree looks much less difficult and frustrating for children.  PlanToys developed the Balancing Tree using its principals of sustainability.  They are  a”leading company that has created a new material and process as part of our zero waste goals. Continuing our commitmentRead More…

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This new LEGO set puts girls in their places – working as scientists in the Research Institute

on Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

LEGO worked with  Ellen Kooijman, a geoscientist, to create this new play kit that shows female minifigs as scientists working in the Research Institute.  Then LEGO Ideas members selected this kit that contains everything these three scientists need to “explore the world below, around and above us.”  The chemist figure has a lab with glassware andRead More…

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Who would have thought… the Netflix of LEGOs

on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

Pley is a LEGO version of Netflix. At Pley you create a queue of desired LEGO sets that you want to build. They then send you one at a time, so you can enjoy building each set without the cost of purchasing them. Once you are done, you ship the set back, and they sendRead More…

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You’ve added a laser to your phone – now add lasers to your building blocks

on Monday, November 4th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

Laser Pegs are similar to a lot of toy building blocks on the market, but you build lighted creations with these blocks.  Each kit has 72 blocks, and each block has an LED light and low-voltage circuitry; the power supply in the base makes your creations glow with light.  There are a variety of kitsRead More…

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Jawbones – not a Bluetooth headset, but a cool construction toy

on Friday, August 30th, 2013
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

Are your kids (or maybe yourself) bored with LEGO? Tired of TinkerToys? Do they even make TinkerToys anymore? Here’s an alternative construction toy system that I just discovered. They are called Jawbones and they feature pieces that swivel, ratchet and snap together in all sorts of creative ways. They are billing it as The BuildableRead More…

Be amazed with Q-BA-MAZE marble maze building block sets

on Sunday, May 26th, 2013
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

Q-BA-MAZE kits are a collection of plastic interconnecting building blocks that you can use to build cool marble maze sculptures. The blocks are made of translucent colored plastic and when combined with other blocks, create tracks and runs for marbles to slide through. They are designed for anyone… adults and kids ages 5 and up.Read More…

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littleBits Starter Kit, Extended Kit, and Holiday Kit review [Updated]

on Friday, March 29th, 2013

Science and engineering are cool, right?  That’s a matter of opinion, but there is an increasing need in our country for students to study the STEM subjects–Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  And with more information showing a link between technological innovation and creativity, why not foster both in your kids at the same time?  DescribingRead More…

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Chuggington Die-Cast 10-in-1 Layout Track Pack review

By: Ken Schoenberg
on Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, Reviews

Koko and Dunbar not included. When I was offered the opportunity to review a toy train set, I thought it would be interesting to try it in conjunction with my expert team of train set testers – my sons, Franklyn (7) and Matthew (4). They willingly agreed to work with me on the project andRead More…

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ATOMS Express Toys Kickstarter Project

on Friday, December 21st, 2012

I have been a builder all my life. To this day, I still love playing with LEGOs and Erector sets. So, it is exciting when folks use modern technology to take these classic thinking-toys to the next level. The designers and engineers at The Seamless Toy Company have created the ATOMS Express smart block system to bringRead More…

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Ubooly – Teddy Ruxpin reincarnated into a smaller less creepy form factor

on Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Teddy Ruxpin (animatronic toy from the 80’s) always creeped me out with his freaky moving eyes and mouth. I never had one but I wonder how many kids were traumatized by that battery operated story telling bear? Fast forward 27 years and we now have Ubooly (say it like oo-boo-lee), an orange marsupial that canRead More…

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Uncle Milton Force Glove – “Discover the Power of Magnets, You Will”

on Monday, August 20th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

From Uncle Milton, the Force Glove disappointingly doesn’t actually use the Force but rather magnets.  The glove is part of their educational Star Wars Science Range. By changing the polarity of the magnets, you can either “Force Push” or “Force Pull” the supplied Droids or Light Sabre. Available for $16.99 from the Uncle Milton Store.

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Get your Geek on with BuckyBars, BuckyBigs and BuckyBalls Chromatics Magnetic Building Sets

on Sunday, July 1st, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

I find magnetic building sets to be irresistible. I love the pull, resistance and click clack noise as magnets snap together and pull apart. You’ve probably heard of or seen regular BuckyBalls before. They are small BB sized chromed rare earth magnets that can be arranged in really cool configurations. Three new Bucky sets are nowRead More…

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Tegu Prism Blocks

on Monday, April 23rd, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

If you are bored with your current collection of office toys, you might want to check out a set of Tegu Prism Pocket blocks. We’ve told you about these wooden Tegu magnetic blocks before, but now they are offering smaller sets that store in a heavy felted pouch. The Prism set shown here has 6Read More…

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Free Universal Construction Kit

on Monday, March 26th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

You build with LEGOs and you build with Tinkertoys, but you can’t build with LEGOs and Tinkertoys – until now!  F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab have created a set of 80 universal connectors that “enable complete interoperability between ten popular children’s construction toys.”  (See the F.A.T. Lab site for a complete list.) You can’t buy theRead More…

Fly Through the Water With Subwing

on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

I have to admit I’ve never tried water skiing, and I have my doubts if I could actually even stand up.  The Subwing might actually be more my style though.  The Subwing is made of fiberglass, rubber, and stainless steel, and with it, you can travel on the surface, skim the ocean bottom or just doRead More…

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Eco-Friendly Earth Blocks Building Blocks

on Friday, March 16th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

These LEGO-like building blocks are made from “a composite of the bark of the cedar tree, compressed dust from sawn cedar logs, and coffee beans as well as other recycled materials.”  The Earth Toy Earth Blocks are 1.25″ long x 0.6″ wide x 0.6″ high.  A set of 50 blocks is $30 at the GuggenheimRead More…

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LEGO too ho hum? How about Playable Metal?

on Sunday, September 25th, 2011
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

If you’re bored with LEGO, how about checking out Playable Metal building sets. Playable Metal sets are made of an aluminum alloy and come in different colors and allow you to build 3 dimensional structures. The parts are connected together with special screws. YoYo.com offers a variety of sets that range in price from $34.95Read More…

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Angry But Cute Angry Birds Plush Toys

on Sunday, March 27th, 2011
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

Are you still a big fan of Rovio’s Angry Birds game? Show your enthusiasm with these super cute plush toys from ishareGifts. You can get a set of all 5 Angry Birds for $35.99 (free shipping), or just buy your favorites for $7.99 each. Each bird is about 10cm in diameter, which is about 4Read More…

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Tiny Camera Models

on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

Yesterday, Jackie sent me a link to Photojojo and I’ve been browsing all their cool products like this super cute mini DSLR. It’s a 1/6 scale model that includes 3 lenses that can be attached to the camera. How neat is that? The whole set is $28. I’m really tempted to buy one for myself.Read More…

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Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks Review

on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Well, I did it. I went ahead and bought a set of the Tegu blocks “for my son”. If you will recall, these are wood blocks with magnets in them. This lets you create some unique structures with the box. The front of the box displays a rooster created out of the blocks. The options haveRead More…

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Tegu Blocks

on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets

One of the great things about being a geek and a dad is the new justification for purchasing that being a parent gives you. Sure, my wife did not really buy that the Star Wars Bobble-Heads I bought on Woot were for the boy, but it helped me justify the purchase. My latest interest isRead More…

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Fushigi Magic Gravity Ball

By: Mark Adkins
on Saturday, July 17th, 2010
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

The Fushigi Ball appeals to many aspects of my personality- mediocre magician, out of practice juggler, gadget freak, fidgeter extraordinaire, and someone just fascinated by spheres. Basically, this is just a steel ball in an acrylic shell but it lets you do some pretty cool things.

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Hi-Tec Sketch Art Review

on Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Back in the stone age when I was a kid, we had classic toys like Etch-a-Sketch, Spirograph and Lite-Brite. I had the first two, but never had the pleasure of having a Lite-Brite. This was a simple toy that encouraged creativity and imagination. It allowed you to make pictures with little colored plastic pegs thatRead More…

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Lego Architecture Series

on Monday, April 12th, 2010
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

The Lego Architecture Series models caught my eye when I was in a bookstore yesterday.  These Lego models use what appears to be standard Lego blocks (for the most part) in non-standard colors.  For example, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater uses 811 clear, green, and tan blocks to create a 10″ wide replica of the historic home.  There areRead More…