Half of the best stuff in the world comes in a can; the other half comes on a stick. (It’s true, don’t argue with us.) Now you get to pick from two kinds of canned fun, both in 5-5/8” x 4” x 2-1/4” deep cans with hinged tops. You pick. The Pranks in a Tin has straw finger traps, a whoopee cushion, nose & mustache glasses, a joy buzzer, the nail-through-finger trick with a bloody bandage, and a squirting ring. Go make a pre-adolescent happy. The Classic Games tin holds a standard deck of playing cards, rubber ball and (10) metal jacks, tiddlywinks with a small felt pad, (30) pick-up sticks, and (5) shooters plus (30) smaller glass marbles, and not an electronic game in the bunch.
Multiple game sets don't come any cheaper. You make a checkerboard and we'll supply the checkers. You get (3) sets of standard, 24-piece, 1-1/8" dia, black and red plastic checkers with the traditional grooves to make kinging easier. Nice rainy-day project for a passel of bored kids, checkerboard creation.
Pull the string and pop the top off of these approx 4-1/2” dia spheres and you’ll find a 100-piece jigsaw puzzle inside. Completed puzzles will measure 10” x 14”. Spheres have flat bottoms so they don’t roll away, but also have little loops on top for hanging, say, on a tree. You pick the Solar System, World Map or U.S. Map puzzle. For ages 6+.
Uwe Meffert is the Erno Rubik of the non-cubic universe. You decide which of his puzzles you want to be driven crazy by: the Pyraminx is a 3-7/8" pyramid with different colors on each face, if you can get them there. Rated 3 stars of difficulty out of 5. The Gearball is a baseball-sized sphere with (6) facets that you try to align in their appropriate color before you just throw it into the mean neighbor's yard. Rated 5 stars out of 5 for difficulty.
Teach them electrical circuitry with this Circuit/Maze™ board game. Includes a 5 x 5 matrix board; LED blocks; assorted right-angle, bridge, straight, blank, 2, 3 and 4-way blocks; a battery holder; and (60) challenge cards with beginner, intermediate, advanced, expert options. Meet the challenges and make the beacon light up, and you win. You add (3) “AAA” batteries.
Big BBs take the place of mice in this clever maze, from the Laser Maze makers. This one is comes with (9) towers so you can build a nearly endless combination of 3-D mazes, with gravity doing all the work. You get the towers, (3) ball bearings, a 6-5/8" square base and (60) challenge cards with puzzles of varying degrees of difficulty for you to determine how to build correctly. For ages 8+.
You can now order replacement dice for sports games that you already
own, or sets for DIY games. All the dice are standard 5/8” cubes with
contrasting indented dots. Pay attention, here. This gets complicated.
Golf –– (4) green dice, (1) of which rolls golf situations, like “Out of
Bounds.” Baseball –– (5) blue dice, (2) red dice, (1) of which rolls
hits, like “Grounder Right,” plus (3) red game pieces. Basketball –– (1)
white and (2) blue dice, (2) red with numerals from 2 to 7, plus (1)
red game piece. You get multiple sets of whichever you order. Got all
Newspaper Sudoku not tough enough for you? You show-off. Try solving the Sudokube®, the evil spawn of a rogue Rubik’s Cube® and a wayward Sudoku maiden. You twist away at the 2” x 2” black-and-white plastic cube, until each of the (6) sides displays digits 1 through 9. Extra credit if they’re all in the right order with the numbers facing the same way. Only took us 12 minutes, but we used a hacksaw and some epoxy. Packaging says it’s “For Ages Over 5.” Right.
Nice wooden 3-D T-Rex puzzle. Punch out the pieces and put him (or her--it's hard to tell on T-Rexes) together and is a whopping 18" long overall with an 8" tail. Comes with paints and a brush, but the paint pots are dried up and extinct (like the dinosaurs), which explains the nice price. 2" tall wooden caveman included.
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