The Blind Bag Phenomenon

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Have you noticed when you’re walking through the toy aisles that there are a heck of a lot of “blind bag” toys on the shelves? What do I mean by blind bag? It’s usually some kind of small toy that is part of a series in a bag or box with no indication of which toy from that series you’re getting. I don’t know about your kids, but my kids go nuts for them! It doesn’t matter what toy line or franchise the blind bags are from — Minecraft, Teenage…

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3D Drawing is Awesome!

I have been interested in 3D printing since it started hitting the consumer market a few years ago. The thought of being able to design and print just about anything you want is so futuristic, it’s like having a replicator from Star Trek. Unfortunately, the price is still too high for me to justify having a toy to print the occasional custom action figure or random thing I find online. But there are pens that function like a 3D printer, so instead of 3D printing you’re 3D drawing. I haven’t…

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Toilet Trouble is Flushing Fun!

Have you every shot your children’s great grandma with toilet water? I have! About a week ago the older two went to my mother-in-law’s house for a sleepover and when they came home they had a new game: Toilet Trouble. Toilet Trouble is a new game from Hasbro that, much like the original Pie Face is basically Russian roulette for kids. In Toilet Trouble players spin a plastic roll of toilet paper that tells them how many times to pull the flush handle. The bowl of this little plastic toilet…

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It’s Making Slime with Borax Time!

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Apparently, making slime with borax is all the rage among the kids today! The kids make slime in school, they make slime with their friends, and they ask to make slime at home. It’s slime time all the time! What time is it? It’s slime time!!! And making slime with borax is really easy to do! My kids have been home on Spring Break and they’ve been asking us when they can start making slime with borax. So, on a dreary midwest afternoon we made a couple batches of slime.…

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Fidget Toys for Fidgety Boys (and Girls)

Last December I took my 10-year-old to see Star Wars Rogue One with my best friend growing up. The movie was incredible, but my 10-year-old didn’t stop shifting around in his seat the entire time. It drove me a nuts and I felt a little bad for the guy sitting on my son’s left. He’s always been fidgety like that (just like me) and has problems sitting still, just like a lot of other kids (and some adults) I know. If I’ve got a quarter in my pocket I’ll take…

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Dinosaur Dig Kit is Surprisingly Engaging

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For Christmas my 10-year-old got a dinosaur dig kit, actually a couple of them, and they’ve been sitting in his room waiting for a day when he needed something to do. So last weekend, when his friends weren’t around and he was at his limit for video game time and there just wasn’t anything he wanted to do, we told him to go up to his room and get one of these dinosaur dig kits. Dinosaur Dig Kit The dinosaur dig kit is pretty simple. It comes with a small wooden…

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A Rainbow Pooped in My Yard!

Hello Friends! Would you like your lawn to look like a rainbow pooped in it? Because I can tell you how to do it in just two easy steps! But first, let’s see what a rainbow pooped lawn looks like. So now I bet you’re mighty impressed and thinking to yourself ‘How do I make it look like a rainbow pooped in my yard?’ Well let me tell you, rainbow poop doesn’t happen by accident! Rainbow poop happens when you make it happen!     You too can have a…

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