The Toys Channel has articles explaining how some of the coolest and most well-loved toys actually work. Learn the secrets of yo-yos, the wonder of LEGO bricks and magic of Baby Einstein.

How do mood rings work?

Mood rings were an extremely popular fad in the 1970s. How do they change color, and can they really tell your mood?

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  • Stack 'em Up: Lego Blocks Quiz

    Stack 'em Up: Lego Blocks Quiz

    Many of us played with Legos when we were kids, but for some people, the fascination continues well into adulthood. So, what's up with those newfangled Lego robots? And what does Lego mean, anyway? See more »

  • Ultimate Classic Toys Quiz

    Ultimate Classic Toys Quiz

    Does the thought of an Etch-A-Sketch bring a smile to your face? Know your facts about Silly Putty, the Hula Hoop, Barbie and G.I. Joe? Rev up your Hot Wheels and test how much you really know about these childhood classics. See more »

  • Who invented the Barbie doll and why?

    Who invented the Barbie doll and why?

    She's held down more than 80 jobs, including paleontologist, astronaut and McDonald's cashier. She comes dressed to thrill in ball gowns and ski slope chic. So why would anyone compare her to an adults-only German doll? See more »

  • 23 Must-Have Toys from the 1950s and Beyond

    23 Must-Have Toys from the 1950s and Beyond

    Remember your favorite toy? It probably created a big stir in stores. Read this selection of must-have toys to find out if yours made the list. See more »

  • Advanced Yo-Yo Tricks for Kids

    Advanced Yo-Yo Tricks for Kids

    If you've mastered all the other yo-yo tricks, try these. These feats of yo-yo dexterity and skill are fun to both watch and perform. Wow your friends by learning advanced yo-yo tricks for kids like the Texas Star, the Skyrocket, the Bank Deposit and more. See more »

  • Easy Yo-Yo Tricks

    Easy Yo-Yo Tricks

    Want to be a Yo-Yo Master? Start with easy yo-yo tricks. Even if you've never held a yo-yo in your hand these are some fun basic tricks you can learn in no time! Learn easy impressive tricks like the Gravity Pull the Sleeper and Walking the Dog. See more »

  • How Story Reader Works

    How Story Reader Works

    Kids want to learn how to read but they also crave entertainment, whether quiet and passive or dynamic and interactive. In this article we'll show you how Story Reader works and whether it accomplishes that goal. See more »

  • Intermediate Yo-Yo Tricks

    Intermediate Yo-Yo Tricks

    Although the design of the yo-yo is simple, a skilled user can perform eye-popping feats of coordination and skill. Ready for the next level? Learn intermediate yo-yo tricks like the Loop the Loop, the Dog Bite and the Eiffel Tower. See more »

  • Yo-Yo Basics

    Yo-Yo Basics

    Yo-yo popularity like the toy itself goes up and down. Read how the yo-yo came about find out which yo-yo type is right for you and learn how to make yo-yo knots adjust tension or attach a new string. Get the hang of your yo-yo in this article. See more »

  • 10 Toys So Popular They Incited Violence

    10 Toys So Popular They Incited Violence

    Would you knock down a fellow shopper to get your hands on a toy? Apparently, lots of folks would, judging by news accounts. Here are 10 toys that inspired some of the most heinous acts of violence committed in the name of spreading holiday cheer. See more »

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