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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.

The Weird-Looking Woojer Adds Haptic Feedback To Whatever Game You Play

At first glance, Woojer doesn't really look like much. It's a small box, weighing only 2.5 ounces. Big things definitely come in small packages in this case, though - the haptic feedback provided by Woojer is impressively powerful, creating a deep rumbling that can be felt through one's entire body.

Want To Learn To Read Your Own Tea Leaves?

There are many mystical practices out there and the practitioners thereof abound.-- especially where I live. There are psychics, tarot card readers, numerologists, palm readers -- even my next door neighbor is a professional astrologer. With this cool Tea Leaf Reading Kit you can get into the game by learning to read the future in the tea leaves that remain in the cup.

Lammily Doll Is The 'Normal Barbie', Average And Beautiful. Stretch Marks Included.

Graphic designer Nickolay Lamm used an art project to show the world what Barbie would look like if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman, according to the CDC. No one was particularly surprised that the side-by-side comparison of the two dolls showed very different results. We all know Barbie is a fantasy no woman should try to emulate and a fantasy no man should expect. Lamm created the Lammily doll, the ‘Normal Barbie’, to provide young girls with a more realistic view of women’s bodies, including acne and stretch marks.

The Thanksgiving Game Keeps Us ThanksGIVING, ThanksGUESSING, and ThanksSHARING

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. The menu couldn’t be better. The day starts with a parade. Happy hour starts at noon and board games hit a new level of competitiveness when you are suppressing annoyance or passive aggressive comments toward relatives you can barely stand. Out of curiosity and to see if I could spice up my favorite Thursday, I did a search for Thanksgiving themed board games. What I found was The Thanksgiving Game, a game where players get to experience ThanksGIVING, ThanksGUESSING, and ThanksSHARING.

This Incredible 15-Pound Replica Of Halo's Plasma Rifle Costs $600

A company by the name of TriForce has just revealed something that should prove incredibly exciting to fans of the Halo franchise - they've created full-sized models of one of the game's most iconic weapons, the Plasma Rifle. No, they don't fire real plasma.

E.T Cartridges From The Legendary Atari Landfill Are Selling For Over $1,500 On eBay

Ever wanted to own a piece of gaming history? If you've $1500 to spare, you could do just that. Multiple copies of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial have been unearthed in Atari's legendary Alamogordo landfill...and now they're on eBay.

New Research Says That If You're Shy, You'll Make More Friends In Online Games

If you're the sort of person who's a little insecure - or simply someone with a tendency to keep to themselves in the real world - then you've probably got significantly more online. See, according to recent research, there's a positive link between shyness and friends online.

"Green Green Army" Animal Soldiers Are Ready To Fight World War Zoo

Remember those plastic green army men you played with as a child? Takara Tomy has reinvented these classic toys with a neat twist: the eight soldiers in the upcoming Green Green Army series are animals, ranging from bazooka-toting gorillas to giant tortoise radio operators.