toys

Gift Guide: DIY Marble Machine Kit

Keeping with my theme of <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/11/15/gift-guide-solder-time-led-watch-kit/">DIY projects as gifts</a>, I present to you this little treat, a laser-cut marble machin

The Tiggly Educational App Lets Babies Learn Shapes On Your Expensive Tablet

Tiggly is a toy for kids who might be past the "teethe on your iPad" and just below the "I want to play the birds game" stages of mental development. Designed by a parent, Steve Miller of Cambridge, M

Ubooly, The Plush Toy With An iPhone Brain, Grabs $1.5M In Seed Funding

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.ubooly.com">Ubooly</a>, A toy that uses Apple's iPhone or iPod touch as a means to turn a cuddly plush into an interactive experience, today revealed to TechCrunch

Y Kant Junior Fbricate Smiknduktrs: Tinkermite Tablet Teaches Kids The Basics Of Hardware Design

Modern parents will recognize the dilemma: we want our children to learn about hardware engineering and design at birth but we don't want them using soldering irons until they can keep their heads upr

Leapfrog Announces Availability Of Leapster GS, A Mini Educational Tech Toy

While I wouldn't want to be the parent who buys their kids a Leapster GS instead of a Nintendo DS, I still think that this mini educational handheld is an interesting addition to Leapfrog's line of ki

Toys Grow Up: LittleBits Picks Up $3.65M, PCH Deal To Build Out Its Open-Source Hardware Vision

<a target="_blank" href="http://littlebits.cc">LittleBits</a>, an "open source hardware" startup that makes electronic building blocks to design objects for work and play, has today announced the addi

Kickstarter: Turn Your iPad Into An Etch-A-Sketch

Looking to relive your childhood or turn your iPad into a hackneyed political pun? You'd best get over to <a HREF="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ari-krupnik/etcher-etch-a-sketch-for-ipad?ref=liv

This Real RC Car Transformer Is Ready To Roll Out

If you watch one homemade Japanese RC car transformer video today, make it this one. This amazing little roadster switches from sports car to dancing robot in a few seconds and it can even walk while

Review: The Sphero, A Ball With Personality

The first time I was chased around a room by a glowing, buzzing ball I was in college and I had just come home from a rave. The last time was when I opened the Sphero and set it loose on my rug. Th

TechCrunch Gift Guide 2011: Best Toys

If you're an Aunt, Uncle, Grandfather, Grandmother, Godmother, Godfather, Foster Parent, or just plain old mommy or daddy, you might have some kids on your holiday shopping list. These are some intere

Hands On With The AppXRacer From AniApp

If you're a fan of the Parrot AR.Drone, you'll probably get a kick out its earthbound relative, the AirXRacer by AniApp. I got a first hands on with this iPhone- or Android-controlled racecar in Shenz

Buckyballs? So Passé

Just in time for the Ides of October, ThinkGeek brings us magnetic BuckyCubes, small, 4mm cubes that slide and slip together to create unique shapes. The kit comes with 125 rare earth magnets that can

Lego Tries Augmented Reality With “Life Of George” Game

Lego (or LEGO if you're adamant about trademarks) has just dipped another toe into electronic gaming with their clever "Life Of George" iOS title. The game uses 144 pieces and a piece of cardboard cov

Griffin Releases iPhone-Controlled Toy Helicopter

For a mere $50 you, too, can own a small, iPhone-controlled helicopter made by a company that has been traditionally known for selling phone cases. Like <a HREF="https://beta.techcrunch.com/tag/Pa

Nerf’s New Vortex Blasters Shoot Discs! And They’re Awesome!

When I was growing up, one of my all-time favorite toys was my <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/tag/nerf/">Nerf</a> Super Soaker. Every summer, the other neighborhood kids and I would take off on

anaPad iPad Toy Teaches Children To Retreat Socially From Boring Situations

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/scaled.il_fullxfull.231461909.jpeg" />Kindness, sociability, affection, appreciation of others: those are the things your child could be

Fake USB Cable? Check. Hilarity? Guaranteed!

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/e771_usb_it.jpeg">This $5 fake USB cable connects to almost anything (bananas included) and lets you pretend you have some of the coolest

Inventables: For Your Weekend Fun

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Rubber-Glass.jpeg" alt="" title="Rubber Glass" width="400" height="300" class="alignright size-full wp-image-212742" />I remember poring

Ned Strongin, Co-Inventor Of Connect 4, Dead At 92

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Screen-shot-2011-04-25-at-9.26.21-AM.jpg">Ned Strongin, co-inventor of Connect 4, passed away on April 9 of this year. He also invented W

Toys R Us Soon To Be iPads R Us

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/productinfo.jpg" />While at first glance, it may seem a little strange that Toys R Us is apparently planning on selling the <a href="http
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