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Meet Cooper, the Little Ghostbuster with the Ecto-1 Push Car

Cooper Ghostbusters Costume

Remember Cooper, the adorable kid who shot to fame after word of how his amazing parents built him a DeLorean for Halloween spread like wildfire on the Internet? Well, he’s back again with another awesome costume and push car mod care of his parents, Jeremy and Cory Smith.

Whereas they just went with an idea for last year’s DeLorean, they put in a lot more thought on this year’s costume as they held a brainstorming session before working on it, which saw Cooper’s trusty push car transformed into the Ecto-1. It’s hard to believe they managed to pull everything off by using materials like cardboard boxes, take-out salsa cups, and soda bottles for the car.

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Robots Teach Young Children How To Code

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With a future increasingly overlaid in all things digital, it makes sense to raise an ever enlarging number of kids to become programmers; we’re going to need them, after all. And while learning the specifics of a coding language is better done after a certain age, getting acquainted with the concepts underlying programming can be done somewhat sooner. Play-i’s Bo and Yana robots are being introduced for just this purpose. It gives children as young as 5 the opportunity to control them by selecting a series of visual presets that trigger particular behaviours. By doing so, they get acquainted with the “if/then nature of programming”, and rub elbows with concepts that will become central to their potential later careers. Bo is the three-wheeled bot on the right, while Yana is the stationary one on the left. Obviously, their abilities will be limited by their physical attributes so the robot that does more things costs a bit more. Right now a pledge of $149 for Bo and $49 for Yana will get you in the game, although full funding needs to be achieved first and that’s not done yet. Hit the links below to get your chance to move that along a bit.

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Unhappily Ever Afterlife: Zombie Disney Princess Dolls

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Disney’s princesses don’t always have it all. Like the rest of us, they die, and some of them even come back as the undead, completely changed but still bearing a resemblance to their old selves. You can see this clearly in the unique set of dolls by Wow Wee. They’ve created zombified versions of Belle, Ariel, Cinderella, Aurora, Rapunzel, and Snow White that still look cute despite their ghastly appearance and tattered clothing.

Each Zombie Princess doll is priced at $33. Hit the break to check it out the rest of the dolls in the series.

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BrdsNBz is a Texting Service Where Teens Can Ask About the Birds and the Bees

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It’s unfortunate, but not all kids feel comfortable enough with their parents to bring up the birds and the bees when the time to talk about it rolls around. The same goes with some parents trying to initiate the old sex ed talk. Addressing the matter to make sure teens stay safe and informed is BrdsNBz. It’s a texting service that’s geared towards teens and parents that lets them send in sexual health questions. The service promises that the asker will receive a response from a health expert within 24 hours.

The service is being offered by New Mexico and North Carolina. California has a similar program called HookUp 365247, which sends weekly sex ed tips and information on nearby reproductive health clinics to those who signed up.

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Check Out This Bicycle-Powered Tree House Elevator

Treehouse Elevator

I think treehouses are a part of every person’s childhood in one way or another, whether or not they actually had one in their backyard. I didn’t, but I had a friend who did, and a group of us would spend countless afternoons holed up in there, eating stuff we shouldn’t and talking about ghosts that we thought actually existed. Eventually, we outgrew the treehouse–both figuratively and literally–but there was a point in time where we actually wanted to live in one.

Taking treehouses one step further is Ethan Schlussler of Sandpoint, Idaho, who built a bicycle-powered treehouse elevator because he got tired of having to climb a ladder to get to his 30-foot something treehouse.

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Turn Your Tiny Tot Into One of the Living Dead

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I doubt your baby has purple guts and white tentacles hiding somewhere underneath his skin, but those are just some of the things your toddle will be sprouting out when she or he has got the Zombabiez zombie costume on.

The idea for the costume came to Stephanie Davidson when the dude she was talking to gave a start upon seeing a crawling baby, exclaiming that he thought that it was a torso-only zombie. She searched for a costume of that sort online and, finding none, decided to make one herself. And now she’s giving parents everywhere the chance to turn their bundles of joy into creepy, crawling zom-babies.

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Superhero Backpacks Let Kids Take Flight at School

Superhero backpack I used to be one of those kids who would cry when it was time to go back to school. Not my proudest moments, I know. For whatever reason, some kids just don’t like going to school and it’s up to their parents to find a way to motivate them and make them understand that it’s for their own good–and for their future. After all, school is their gateway to a world of knowledge, where they can let their imagination and creativity take flight as they grow and learn.

Driving that point across are super moms Daphne and Rena, who created the SuperME backpack. Each one features generic designs and doesn’t feature any commercial characters. The best part? Each SuperME backpack comes with a hoodie cape, which might come in handy in bad weather.

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Be a Block-by-Block Architect: LEGO’s Architecture Studio

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Enough with the minifigs. It’s time to get technical with LEGO’s newest Architecture Studio set. It contains 1,210 pristine-looking bricks that you can use to build and construct your very own architectural masterpieces. From buildings to towers, this set has got you covered.

The Architecture Studio comes with a 272-page guidebook to help you along with your constructions. It’s endorsed by leading architects like REX Architecture, Sou Fujimoto Architects, SOM, MAD Architects, Tham and Videgard Arkitekter, and Safdie Architects, so you know that a lot of thought went into the production of this professional-quality set.Continue Reading

Check Out the Manliest Baby Stroller of All Time

Manly Baby Stroller

According to a survey conducted by Czech automobile maker Skoda, a lot of dads admitted they were “embarrassed” to push regular strollers around. In case you’re wondering, “a lot” here means a third of the 1,000 of the dads who were surveyed. Strollers understandably come with few, if any, added features because they’re often unnecessary, and they often look plain because they’re baby strollers and not cars, for crying out loud!

That didn’t stop Skoda from building the VRS Mega Man-Pram, which looks like the most bad-ass baby stroller that was ever made! What they did was automobilify the basic stroller to turn it into something that can probably flatten another stroller that dared bump into it. (And yes, I am aware that automobilify isn’t a word.)

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