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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.

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  • How Yo-Yos Work

    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. See more »

  • July 12: Etch-A-Sketch is Introduced

    July 12: Etch-A-Sketch is Introduced

    The invention of the Etch-a-Sketch ushered in a new way to make art without making a mess. Learn about the history, design and inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch device, and how this simple toy became a long-lived classic. See more »

  • Model Rocket Quiz

    Model Rocket Quiz

    You can buy one for a little more than 10 dollars, but can you fly one? See how high your model rocketry smarts will take you with this quiz. See more »

  • 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 »

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