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These Stick-Lets help to build sturdy stick forts

If you grew up in a forested area with not a lot to do around you, chances are you played amongst the trees. Sticks were wands, building materials, staffs, swords, and much more. Of course, if you did want to make a stick fort, you needed something to tie the sticks together to keep it from crashing down on you. Maybe you used long grass, yarn, or rubber bands, but all of those will weather and be impossible to find after a few months.

If you want to build these structures with your kids, but don’t want to lose the stick binding materials, then why not use Stick-Lets? These are made of 100% silicone, and are recyclable. These are brightly colored bands that can stretch and keep your sticks bound together while you and your little one are making new architecture. There are a several variances so you can make whatever sort of structure you’d like.

These can be tossed in the dishwasher whenever they get to be too dirty, and unlike yarn, grass, or rubber bands, you won’t have to destroy them to take them off. You can get anywhere from 6-204 pieces depending on how creative you or your kids would like to get, but the price will go up or down depending on how many you choose, costing you $16.50-375. Don’t try to use these with any weight, as they are only meant to bind things together, otherwise you’re just looking at an accident waiting to happen.

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VTech delivers all-new Baby Amaze range of toys

vtech-amazeI don’t know about you, but some of us do happen to have a phobia of dolls, and horror films such as Chucky do not help the case, either. Well, if you have absolutely no qualms about living in a house that is full of dolls, and giving your little princess a new doll for any and every occasion, then chances are you would be pleased as punch to hear how VTech has introduced their all-new Baby Amaze range of toys. Such traditional baby role play has been given an injection of innovation, where one can play with a pair of exciting learning dolls and a 3-in-1 stroller.

The Baby Amaze range happens to be an innovative assortment that relies on technology to teach nurturing concepts and developmental milestones. Ranging from a doll that plays peek-a-boo and one that learns to talk with a growing vocabulary, all the way to a stroller that transforms into a high chair and bassinet, Baby Amaze toys will work in tandem in order to foster independent play, motor skills, imagination and language development among children ages 2 to 5 years.

For instance, the Baby Amaze 3-in-1 Care & Learn Stroller will have a smart sensor within which is capable of recognizing movement whenever your little one places her baby doll in the stroller itself. This smart sensor will get to work by playing fun sounds and melodies. When you transform the stroller into a high chair, children can then hear baby care reminders which introduce nurturing concepts and healthy habits, while they pretend to feed their doll. Alternatively, the high chair can be turned into a bassinet and the doll falls asleep as it listens to over 20 classic nursery rhymes and lullabies. The $44.99 3-in-1 Care & Learn Stroller will also boast of keys that introduce numbers, counting, letters, colors, places and animals, as well as plays piano sounds in music mode.

As for the Baby Amaze Learn to Talk & Read Baby Doll, children are able to talk to their baby doll to hear her repeat what is said, or read. Basically, the more children speak, the more the doll will learn and repeat! I suppose these dolls are well worth getting now rather than having to wait until Christmas, how about you?

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Osmo turns your iPad into a whole new gaming arena


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Lost in Space B9 Electronic Robot plays its role well

There is just something about an on-screen persona that becomes larger than life when it ends up being produced as a toy, and that the toy itself would be an above average make where build and quality are concerned. Having said that, anyone remembers the robot B9 from Lost in Space? The folks over at Thinkgeek have managed to come up with the $49.99 Lost in Space B9 Electronic Robot that will not only boast of lights and dialogue from the show, but it will also sport claws that can open – as well as close, in order to have that wee bit of mean streak in it.

Interestingly enough, the Robot in Lost in Space never really had a name. It was more or less just called “Robot,” plain and simple, although if one were to dig deeper, then the full designation would be: B-9, Class M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot. This particular purchase is cute in its own aspect, as it stands at 10″ in height and will boast of lights and sounds that have been taken straight from the classic sci-fi TV show. There will be lights on his head and chest that blink all the time B9 is on, and extra lights and dialogue will be triggered with the push of a button, including: “I will accompany you, you may need protection,” “Cannot compute, programming data insufficient,” and his famous cries of “Danger!”

A trio of AAA batteries will power this, where you can also have fun opening and closing his claws, extend his arms, and turning his torso to the left and right. Heck, the B9 robot also comes with wheels in order for him to get rollin’!
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The Sand Funnel – because you can’t play in sand without the proper water-to-sand ratio

If you ever went to the beach when you were a little kid, you know how amazing sand seemed. It could be dry and take on no shape, slightly wet and malleable, or sludgy and awesome. Regardless of how you played with sand, you were certain to be covered in it by the end of the day, and it was only going to bother you a tiny amount in comparison to how much fun you had from it.

While it is completely possible to play in the sand without any help, toys can always make things more fun. If you now have children and are thinking about having a beach trip, then there’s likely a question of which water-friendly toys to get. If you want more of a focus on building sand castles, then maybe this Sand Funnel could be of use. This is a toy with two reservoirs, one for sand and the other for water so you can make all sorts of sand creations.

Both sides will be mixed when they fall out of the bottom of the funnel, allowing you to direct where the stream lands. There isn’t an on or off button though, so you’ll have to either plug the tip or make quick work of things when it’s full. Made of ABS plastic, this can be washed with soap and warm water. This is only going to cost you $10, which isn’t much, but will add on to the overall price from the multitude of other toys your child will want.

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The Fuze Wheel Writer – ride off in a blaze of glory

When you were a kid, being able to ride a bike without training wheels is one of the coolest things you could know how to do. After that point, putting a noisemaker or bell on it upped your levels of cool (swag, whatever you want to call it) ten fold. Of course, with all the modern innovations we have, these things are considered pretty old-fashioned by today’s standards. However, putting things on your bike is never going to get old.

Instead of a baseball card or basket on the front, there’s now the Fuze Wheel Writer. This will give your bike special effects lights that can look like a skull and crossbones, roaring flames, and more. If you want everyone to know exactly how much of a bamf you are, you can show your miles per hour in real time thanks to a speedometer built into the device. There are 12 images and animations in all, and the faster you move, the more awesome they’re supposed to look.

These super bright red LEDs are housed in a water resistant casing that you clip onto your spoke. This can accommodate wheels up to 20 inches or more, meaning you can’t use this on a bike for a tiny tike and expect it to fit. Pedaling will active your lights, and there’s an auto shut-off for when you stop. You’ll need 3 AAA batteries for this to work, which should last for a few days worth of looking like you’re too cool for school. This is going to cost you around $21, and while it’s likely meant for preteens and younger, there’s nothing to stop you from getting something the kid version of you would’ve thought was amazing.

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For the Young Programmer in Your Life

Whether you or someone you know, I think it is safe to say we have all known someone in our lives who was or is an amateur computer programmer, coder or robotics fan. These are the ones that build their own computer from scratch for fun. Motherboards, processors and graphics cards are their language. Ever wonder how these people got their start? What item, device or experience triggered their passion for programming? Well, for any young up and comers that may have interest in computers and robots we have found a tool that should pique their interest.

Meet Ozobot, an interactive tool to help teach children the basics of coding, programming and robotics. Ozobot is a small (1 inch x 1 inch x 1 inch, .5 ounces) battery powered robot. Through its bottom sensor it is able to read lines and colors which help it determine where to go, what color to turn or what action to take. Essentially Ozobot has a color language. Draw a ‘path’ on paper or an electronic device with different colors to tell Ozobot what to do…speed up, slow down, turn and go the other way, spin and many more. It truly helps youngsters with logical thinking and deductive reasoning. You can even program it to dance to your favorite song via an app. Unveiled at CES this year, Ozobot runs $49.99 on Amazon.com. And a two-pack for $99.99 means kids could play games against each other.

If that is not enough, you can go to Ozobot.com and download STEM/STREAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math/ Science, Technology, Reading Engineering and Math) lesson plans to help kids engage and learn more. And of course there are games on the site too! Coming soon to Ozobot will be Google Blockley compatibility too. Kids will then be able to develop their own commands and upload them to Ozobot. And before you know it these Ozobot users will be programming the technologies of our lives.


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The Grifta Gamepad – divide and conquer

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Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary (British Flag) Dalek lets you show off your patriotism

Over the years, we have seen the Doctor Who series roll out a fair number of merchandise that involved Daleks of all kinds – including a Dalek Eye Stalk flashlight, now how would have thought about that? Well, if you happen to be British and have a strong streak of patriotism in you, then chances are you might be more than willing to drop some serious coin – to the tune of $102.95, in fact, for the Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary (British Flag) Dalek.

This uniquely patriotic British Flag printed Dalek will celebrate the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, and does it in style. In fact, this Dalek will not be static at all, where you will need to come up with your very own sound effects for that added touch of reality. Rather, he is capable of moving around on rather pliable wheels while featuring posable arms, head and eye. Heck, Doctor Who fans who love Daleks in particular will be pleased as punch to hear him spout 8 different Dalek phrases with lights and sound FX. The Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary (British Flag) Dalek will be powered by a quartet of AA batteries, where the 8 Dalek Phrases will comprise of “Seek, Locate, Annihilate”, “Seek, Locate, Destroy”, “You will obey the Daleks, obey, obey!!”, “Halt or you will be Exterminated!”, “You are an enemy of the Daleks!”, “We are the Supreme Beings”, “Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate! + Gun SFX” and “Exterminate! + Gun SFX”.
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The Triple Snowball Blaster is the perfect winter weapon

In a snowball fight, only those who can keep their energy up will be victorious. Your body can only handle the cold for so long, and you don’t want to end up with frostbite from playing outside, so there is a time limitation you face. Of course, no one’s usually keeping score, but you still want to feel like you “won” the day. If you know your throwing arm will fail you at some point but don’t want to give up the good fight, then you might need a little help on the battle field.

While you can’t rapid fire shoot snowballs unless you have a good vantage point, the Triple Snowball Blaster will certainly help. This has a snowball press on the top that will give you three perfect snowballs that you can launch at your opponents with minimal effort. This is a slingshot style launcher that will be far more accurate than we would be after an hour of throwing. If you are the overzealous type there is a scoring game included, but keeping track can sometimes detract from the fun.

There are no batteries to worry about, or needing to pump air to build pressure, as you only need to drop the snowball in, tilt back, pull the bungee and let it loose! You will need some time to reform more snowballs, as the convenience of getting three at once means it will take a little bit of time to pack in the snow. Being able to launch up to 80 feet seems a bit far-fetched, but this $39.99 toy could add to the fun on a snow day where you’ve got nothing better to do.

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