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How Yo-Yos Work

Yo-yos can be traced back at least 2500 years. It's a toy with true staying power and it lately it’s gone high-tech -- ever heard of a yo-yo with a clutch? Learn about yo-yo physics, tricks, history and some serious upgrades in design.

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  • 10 Unbelievable Toy Stores Around the World

    10 Unbelievable Toy Stores Around the World

    Pretty much any toy store is awesome -- especially if you're a kid. But when it comes to making your wildest dreams come true, these 10 take the cake, for children and adults. See more »

  • Are knock-off toys dangerous?

    Are knock-off toys dangerous?

    It might be tempting to buy a knock-off toy because they're cheaper and often just as pleasing to your kid. However, they may be harmful to your child. See more »

  • Are pedal cars safe for kids?

    Are pedal cars safe for kids?

    Any kid with long enough and strong enough legs (along with the cognitive development to not run into trees or other kids) can work a pedal car. But are they safe? See more »

  • Can you predict which toys will become collectors' items?

    Can you predict which toys will become collectors' items?

    If you buy toys solely because you're hoping to make a bunch of money, you might want to come up with a different investment plan. It's hard to predict which ones will become valuable in the future. See more »

  • Do push toys really help kids learn to walk?

    Do push toys really help kids learn to walk?

    There are a lot of toys on the market that claim to help your child learn how to walk, but what do the experts say? Is a push toy better than a walker? See more »

  • Have cell phones ruined toy walkie-talkies?

    Have cell phones ruined toy walkie-talkies?

    Before kids had cell phones, walkie-talkies were really the only method of long distance communication while playing. Are they a thing of the past? See more »

  • How Boomerangs Work

    How Boomerangs Work

    It's pretty amazing: When you throw a boomerang, it actually does come back to you -- if you throw it properly. Find out why the boomerang returns and how to throw it like a pro. See more »

  • How can I make a pinewood derby car go faster?

    How can I make a pinewood derby car go faster?

    Ever wanted to make that pinewood derby car run faster? This article breaks it down mathematically, focusing on air resistance, axle friction and tire stickiness and how these factors affect the performance of your car. See more »

  • How Dancing Monsters Work

    How Dancing Monsters Work

    The Dancing Monster is a popular novelty toy that reacts to noise or motion that it senses in the surrounding area. Find out how the Dancing Monster works and what the different Dancing Monster parts do to entertain and surprise. See more »

  • How did 'Star Wars' change the toy industry?

    How did 'Star Wars' change the toy industry?

    Although there were toys based on movies before the first "Star Wars" film, none of them exploded in popularity quite like those little action figures. See more »

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