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Hamster-Powered Monster Will Fascinate The Kids Young And Old Alike

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This is a Stranbeest powered by a hamster in a wheel. A straandbeest is a multi-legged contraption created by Dutch artist Theo Jansen. Normally on display on Holland’s beaches, it’s now transformed into a tabletop contraption that uses a hamster ball with the hamster inside as the locomotive power; the ball turns some gears, which in turn propel the mechanism forward. Its eerie gait is sure to fascinate your kids at the very least, and even you if you still have an impressionable spirit in your curmudgeonly old age.

For $35 you can get an assemble-at-home kit, although the hamster is not included.

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Cabbage Patch Kids Knitted Hats

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If you grew up in the 80′s and now have kids, you have to do yourself a favour and get one of these. Knitted by one ‘TheLilliePad’ on Etsy, they’ll set you back between $32 and $38. Alternatively, you could buy the pattern for all of $6. Take into consideration that due to increased demand, you may end up waiting a while for them, during which you may as well take up some crocheting lessons…

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Super Precision Gyroscope Is Science-y Fun For Kids Of All Ages

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The Super Precision Gyroscope is made from solid brass, along with a light-weight aluminum enclosure. The included battery-powered motor is able to get the brass disc spinning up to 12,000 RPM for an indefinite amount of time, or up to 7 minutes if you detach it.

The gyroscope comes with a number of attachments allowing numerous configurations to perform scientific, educational or simply mesmerising experiments. [Included are] 2 x 50 mm long stainless steel extension rods, 2 x ball ends, 1 x slotted end. The rods when screwed together will extend 100mm, and can be screwed in other positions to create gimbals etc. There are 7 places on the frame of gyroscope that the attachments can be screwed into.

If you’ve ever played with a gyro you’ll know they can be a lot of fun, especially to younger children who don’t initially understand how gravity can apparently be messed around with like that. Granted, $129 may sound like a lot for what appears to be a toy, but all things considered, there are a lot of much worse ways to spend that much.

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JrPonics Set Will Get Kids (And Adult Kids) Excited About Hydroponics and Aquaponics

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Aquariums can be tedious and hard to take care of. But the JrPonics set, pictured above, is designed for kids. That means it’s so simple to maintain, well, even a kid can do it. And he’ll learn all about hydroponics in the process. See, the JrPonics kit combines a little herb garden that sits atop a fish-living compartment. The plants grow and eventually feed off the fish’s, uh, excrement (not exclusively, however) while simultaneously oxygenating the water. Your child will witness a symbiotic relationship that could spark interest in a host of educational and intellectually motivating topics.

The JrPonics kit comes with the following:

Air Pump, Tubing and Air Stone Gravel Mix Net Cups, Grow Stones and Foam Pucks Basil & Mint Seeds FritzZyme® Nitrifying Bacteria Nitrozime® Seaweed Extract General Hydroponics® FloraDuo® A & B Hydroponics Nutrients Betta Bites® Fish Food 1oz Foliar Spray Bottle 30-page Full Color Instruction Manual.

For $65, this can make a great Christmas gift for anyone looking to steer their kids away from the mind-numbing presents most people are likely to get this Holiday season.

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One World Futbol Is Nearly Indestructible, Can Bring Some Joy To Kids In Impoverished Countries

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The world’s most popular sport doesn’t involve a cigar shaped ball thrown with the hand, but rather a spherical one kicked around with your feet. And while the barrier to entry is usually quite low, requiring nothing more than a ball and your legs, even that’s a tall order sometimes; in some part of the world, balls are fashioned with thrash and string. The One World Futbol is a very special ball in that even when punctured several times, it doesn’t deflate. It just keeps going and going. And the idea of the project is that if you buy one, another one will be given to a child in need, somewhere in the world. Created by Tim Jahnigen, early on the project was given some wings by an involvement from superstar Sting, and then a sponsorship from Chevrolet. It’s called “One World” in recognition that we really do live in one world, and as a reminder to people in the “first world” that they are in fact sharing the same planet as those who live in more impoverished areas. It’s $40.

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Social Garbage Can Encourages Kids to Put Trash Where They Belong

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No one is truly incorrigible, including litter bugs. Sometimes, all it takes to change someone’s attitude is a little prodding and a bit of encouragement. For people who don’t really mind where they’re throwing their stuff, there’s the Social Trash Box aka STB. It’s an interactive garbage can that twists, bends, and reminds people not to litter and to throw their trash where it belongs: in the bin.

STB was developed at Toyohashi University’s Interaction and Communications Design Lab. The robot comes equipped with a microprocessor, a video camera where it spots would-be litterers, and a speaker to chide aforementioned litterers.

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Gift Alarm Catches Kids Who Peek at Presents Red-Handed

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Kids sneaking around their parents’ closet is almost a tradition as we inch closer to Christmas. It’s painfully obvious if they’ve done a bit of peeking as well, since their faces already show disappointment (if they don’t like the gift) or forced excitement (if they like it) as they take their wrapped present from under the tree.

You can’t always be around to guard your closet or wherever your hiding place for presents is, but you can let the Gift Alarm do the guarding for you. It has a built-in motion sensor that detects movement near the place where the gift is. Once it does, it sounds an alarm, which will most likely send whoever is sneaking around into hiding.

Turn your Christmas tree into Fort Knox with the Gift Alarm.The whole point of wrapping gifts is so they’ll be a surprise, not so people can peel back the paper and peep. If some lookie-loo tries to approach their stack of gifts, the alarm goes into DEFCON 1 with a loud siren and flashing red light. It’s not Christmas specific, so you could also use this to protect the last piece of cake or your diary.

The Gift Alarm is available for $13.

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Glow In The Dark Starry Bed Sheet Will Delight The Kids, Maybe

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Do kids these days even care about anything that isn’t on TV or their smartphone? Like, will they even like a set of bed sheets that looks normal in the daylight, but will glow with planets and stars in the dark? We sure hope so, because we sure would have thought it was the bee’s knees back in our day and we can’t be that old. If you think there’s still hope for your little ones, you can get your own set for about $90.

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Outside the Lines: A Coloring Book for Big Kids With Big Imaginations

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For a lot of people, life was literally more colorful when they were kids. Gone are the days when an hour of arts and crafts was squeezed in between math and science class. Or are they?

Bringing back color and whimsy into the lives of adults, big kids, and anyone with a giant imagination is Outside the Lines. It’s an artsy coloring book curated by Souris Hong-Porretta that features the work of over a hundred artists from all walks of life–from graphic and street artists to cartoonists. Each page is lined with intricate artwork that’s just waiting for you to add some color to it.

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