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Portaball Is A Different Kind Of Fantasy Football

When you think of fantasy football, I'm sure the first thing you think is a virtual world of trading players and trying to set your lineup for Sunday's games. For some, fantasy football is a board game, with figurines and cards...and most of the time, more violence than the sport. Portaball is one of those games.

Want To Get Rid Of The Elf On The Shelf? Try A Mensch On A Bench!

Hanukkah is underway for another year and -- oy! -- there is a new addition to the story of Hanukkah. It is the first real change since Saturday Night Live created Hanukkah Harry and gave Jews their own version of Santa 25 years ago. This time The Elf on the Shelf is getting its own Jewish counterpart with The Mensch on a Bench. The Mensch comes with his own story of how he impacted Hanukkah in a book for children.

10 Perfect Gifts For Tweens

That middle ground between being a little kid and a teenager can be hard. Your tween child is trying to find his or her independence while still wanting and needing to hold onto the comforts of being taken care of. Hormones are starting to kick in, friendships are getting trickier, and school is getting tougher. Blah. Even their interests are fluctuating, which means buying gifts for the tween in your life can be hard too. It doesn’t have to be. Here are 10 perfect gifts that will make your tween very happy.

Control Him If You Can. Train Your Zoomer Dino

Dinosaurs might be extinct, but a child’s love for them is not. Kids love dinosaurs. Don’t ask me why. But I can tell you about the newest toy to keep the love affair going. Zoomer Dino is a remote control dinosaur that senses your presence and reacts to your touch and motions. You can even train him to dance and roar.

Dig In To Dinner With Deep Fried Construction Equipment!

Do not operate heavy machinery while eating? The heck with that! The clever designers at Panda's Hole, an edgy division of Takara Tomy's T-Arts, suggest diners throw caution to the wind and sprinkle their new line of Deep Fried Construction Equipment over your next box lunch.

EzyRoller Is The Ultimate Riding Machine

It’s not a skateboard. It’s not a bike. It’s not a scooter. It’s a bit of all of them, making EzyRoller your kid’s ultimate riding machine.

Want To Give Your Brain A New Workout?

There is something compelling and addicting about games that stimulate our brains. From Instant Insanity to Rubik's Cube they drive us absolutely crazy. One of the more recent games to head our brains' way is called Brainstring and, as its name suggests, it comes with strings attached. The game requires you to bunch the colored pegs together while not getting the strings in a knot -- or your knickers in a twist.

Spiro Bouncer Is A Teeter Totter That Spins And Bounces

Baby, it’s cold outside. And on some days, it takes me longer to get my three young kids dressed and ready for the cold than the amount of time we will actually be outside. But we must. Get. Out. Fresh air and energy burned are needed for my sanity and their moods. On the days that are too cold or too wet to be outside for long, I need indoor solutions to keep my kids active. The Spiro Bouncer is just the solution.

If Kinetic Sand Isn't On Your Kid's Christmas List, It Should Be

Watch closely as your child makes his or her Christmas list this year. If for some reason they don’t have Kinetic Sand on their list, be sure to add it. Add some to your list too. Kinetic Sand is not quite playdough but it’s just as much fun. Kinetic Sand is not just sand but it runs through your fingers just as easily. It’s like nothing your child has played with before. And it’s so much fun and addicting, you’ll want to play too.

Roominate Is A DIY Building Kit For Future Female Engineers

What comes first, the toys we put into our children’s hands or the interests and skills of our children who play with toys? Our children are influenced by everything around them. Music, television, books and toys shape at least part of who they become. Inspired by their childhood toys to become engineers, two women created Roominate, wired, design-it-yourself, building kits. Roominate is not only meant to feed into the curiosity of a young female engineer, but also to decrease the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.