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Make Barbie More Useful By Turning Her Into A Swiss Army Knife

Are you hesitant to buy your child a Barbie doll for fear of reinforcing negative stereotypes about women? Instructables user mikeasaurus had the same concerns, but found a clever way to empower kids by turning the iconic doll into an all-purpose multi-tool.

These Dolls Get Sunburns To Teach Kids About Using Sunscreen

There isn’t a child out there who likes being slathered in sunscreen before a day at the beach, but it’s the easiest way to ensure they don’t end up with a terrible sunburn. And to help make that a little easier for them to understand, this pair of dolls also gets a sunburn if not properly protected.

Listen To Thomas Edison's Scary Talking Dolls And Never Sleep Again

Thomas Edison’s phonograph company came out with a line of groundbreaking “talking” dolls in 1890. They lasted only six weeks before being yanked from stores, because the dolls sound like the risen Satan singing a lullaby. Now with the help of new technology, you too can listen to the dolls’ voices and never be at peace again.

Say Goodbye To SeaWorld Barbie

One less entry on a resume that’s a thousand jobs long isn’t going to hurt her career, but a few days ago Mattel confirmed to the New York Post that it had stopped production of its SeaWorld-themed Barbie products as a result of concerns raised by environmental groups.

This Internet-Connected Barbie Can Have Full Conversations With Kids

Using just their imaginations, kids have been having conversations with their toys for years, but an upcoming version of Barbie will finally talk back to them. And we’re not just talking a handful of catch phrases spewed forth after a string is pulled, but a legitimate back and forth conversation powered by advanced voice recognition, and a wireless connection to the internet.

There's A Dollhouse Hidden Inside This Transforming Chair

It doesn’t take long for a child’s bedroom or playroom to become filled with a sea of toys, furniture and playsets, leaving it a perpetual mess. So like with any room in your home, finding furniture that does double-duty can help maximise that space, and this child-sized wooden chair that transforms into a dollhouse or fortress is a perfect accessory for kids.

This Sweet Connected Toy Is Designed To Teach Kids How To Program

Last week we were given a stark reminder of just how far the toy industry has to go in making great toys for girls that promote engineering, in the form of this Barbie travesty. Here’s a nice antidote from a UX design firm called Slice of Lime: Nübi, a connected toy prototype that aims to teach basic programming skills to kids of any gender.

Realistic Japanese Doll Dispenses Drinks When You Squeeze Her Breasts

Video: Check out the latest hit at Japanese parties: $5000 latex dolls that pour drinks from their nipples when you squeeze their boobs. It looks disturbing. What’s going to be next, Japan? Male and female android fountains wandering around parties serving drinks from their lower naughty bits? But of course.

These Modern Dollhouses Are Nicer Than Your Actual Home

Barbie’s dreamhouse might have everything from working lifts to a pool, but no one would actually want to live inside that pink nightmare. These stunning modern dollhouses from Warsaw are a different story — to the point where your kids might wonder why they have to live in the tiny bungalow you call home.

A Mechanical Doll That Will Crawl All The Way Into Your Nightmares

The next time your kid complains about not having the latest and greatest toys, just point them towards this photo of what children in the late 1800s had to play with. On one hand they will certainly start appreciating what they have got, but on the other they probably won’t sleep for a week because this thing will haunt their dreams.

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