Toys

Test Your Origami Skills With This Intricate Metal Apollo Lunar Lander

By now, you’ve probably seen those Metal Earth foldable models in toy stores and at checkout stands all over the place. They’re this generation’s flat-packed foam gliders, but as you can see from this incredibly intricate Apollo Lunar Lander model, they require far more patience and skill to assemble.


These Shelves Are Like A Shape-Sorter Toy For Grown-Ups

Storage can be so boring sometimes — but not if you’re friends with Stockholm designers Erik Olovsson and Kyuhyung Cho, because they have decided to create a shelving system that resembles the shape-sorter toys we all used to play with as kids.


Conductive Foam Darts Turn Your iPad Into A Shooting Gallery

Even with incredibly-realistic first-person shooter video games that make you feel as if you’re in an actual war, toy guns that shoot innocuous foam arrows still remain popular. There’s just something about nailing a target with an actual projectile that’s incredibly satisfying, and that’s why Snipe — a tablet game that interacts with special foam darts — seems like so much fun.


OK, Fine, The 3Doodler Can Do At Least One Cool Thing

After trying it out at CES earlier this year, we weren’t completely blown away with what the 3Doodler — a sort of handheld 3D printer — was capable of. Producing anything remotely recognisable requires an enormous amount of time and patience, which Matt Butchard must have in spades since he used the pen to create a 3D-printed model plane that actually flies.


Typographic Building Blocks Teach Your Kids The Dangers Of Papyrus

Many parents dream of their children growing up to be successful doctors, lucrative athletes, or award-winning performers. But if graphic designer or InDesign-savant are goals you’ve set for your kids, these beautiful font-themed Typeblocks will put them on the right path.


These Three Toys Look Exactly The Same But Only One Is An Actual Toy

Two of the three toys above are not toys at all but rather printed pictures perfectly mimicking the detail and look of the other toy. It’s a wonderful illusion, a can easily rolls over the first two objects (the printed pictures) and gets stopped by the third object (the actual toy). If you never saw the can roll over the pictures, you wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference between the three objects.


A Perpetual Slinky Treadmill Might Be Humanity's Greatest Achievement

The Slinky has always been at its most entertaining while walking down a flight of stairs. But it’s a short-lived thrill — over as quickly as it started — given most staircases only rise a single story. And that’s why some genius, working in some secret laboratory, came up with Project NESM — otherwise known as the Never Ending Slinky Machine.


How Boomerangs Work

Non-returning boomerangs have been used for at least 20,000-30,000 years, with the oldest known example carved from a mammoth’s tusk. These non-returning boomerangs were used for hunting and were carved for straight flight and to stay in the air as long as possible when thrown correctly. The hunter was then able to throw the primitive boomerang great distances and hit an animal to be eaten for dinner. These animals were often small-game, but even the likes of kangaroo or emus can be sufficiently injured by a decently weighted boomerang such that the animal can no longer outrun the hunters.


Waste Away Hours At Work Wondering Where This Infinite Corridor Goes

The infinity mirror trick is as old as time, but the folks at ThinkGeek have come up with a fun new application that will appeal to Dungeons & Dragons fans who find themselves stuck at a desk job during the day. Peering down the seemingly unending hallway of this miniature Infinite Dungeon Corridor leaves you wondering what quests, treasures or mythical beasts lie at the end.


Osmo Uses Your iPad To Get Your Kids Playing In The Real World

A lot of kids love iPads, to the point where they’re almost never just, y’know, playing with kids stuff. Osmo is a nifty little gadget that does both, encouraging kids to play with tangible, real-world toys that magically interact with games on the iPad’s screen. And you can pre-order one through Osmo’s crowdfunding campaign starting today.