In this time of smartphones and tablets and gaming systems, toys seem almost quaint. Why play with a real object when you could control a virtual one? Well, there’s something to be said for a plaything that makes you think or forces you to move more than a single finger.
Toys are typically synonymous with kids, but why should they have all the fun? Playthings, especially those that allow us to learn in an entertaining way, are a great diversion from the stress of adult life as well. If you’re looking for something to do that doesn’t involve staring at a screen this weekend, here are a couple of toys worth poaching from your kid’s toy box:
LEGO Architecture Studio
Anyone between 2 – 45 years of age should need no extra encouragement to play with LEGO, but in case you’ve been bored with recent releases, the building block giant recently upped its game. Release your inner Art Vandelay with the 73 piece LEGO Architecture Studio design toolkit that includes more than 1,200 all-white and transparent building blocks. Created in collaboration with leading architects, the kit also comes with a 272-page guide book filled with architecture designs and tips, as well as information on building concepts, such as scale, symmetry, mass and density, space and section, and more.
Do you have a coworker who’s always trying to outsmart you? Challenge them to a game of Mindflex Duel to see who really has the superior grey matter. Mattel’s new MindFlex Duel is a two-player game in which you and a friend race to move the ball across the game board or through an obstacle course using only your EEG waves. It’s a true battle of wits.
Ever dreamed of being an inventor or perhaps a slightly mad scientist? littleBits is your ticket to creating cool stuff that moves and shakes. This an opensource library of electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping, learning and fun. “Just as LEGO allows you to create complex structures with very little engineering knowledge, littleBits are small, simple, intuitive, blocks that make creating with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together,” explains the website.
Jenga Tetris Edition
Yes. It’s true. The world’s best real block stacking game has officially joined forces with the world’s best virtual block stacking game. Hasbro has replaced the uniform bricks of Jenga with Tetris blocks. Now, the very same tetrominos that give you such stacking pleasure will cause hours of stress as you try to remove them from the Jenga stack!
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