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How do BB guns work?

The principle behind BB guns is pretty much the same as in firearms, except there is no explosion. So how does the BB shoot out of the gun?

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  • How Water Blasters Work

    How Water Blasters Work

    The classic little water gun has evolved into a double-barrel water blaster that can soak someone standing 50 feet away. This isn't your father's water gun. The pump mechanisms at work here are pretty ingenious. Take a look inside these high-power toys. See more »

  • 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 »

  • What was the first cartoon made for existing toys?

    What was the first cartoon made for existing toys?

    It's expected these days to have cartoons based on kids' toys -- and vice versa -- but that wasn't always the case. Which toy started the trend? See more »

  • What's a German-style board game?

    What's a German-style board game?

    You like to play board games but often they take too long and an argument breaks out among the kids as to who's cheating. Maybe you should try a German-style board game instead. See more »

  • Who invented the action figure?

    Who invented the action figure?

    The first doll made specifically for boys -- deemed an "action figure" -- lived up to its name and became a global phenomenon. 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 »

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