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Toys

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.


Inside an Etch-a-Sketch

The Etch-a-Sketch drawing toy has been popular with several generations of children -- and it's a pretty amazing device. We cracked one open to see what was inside.

How Slot Car Racing Works

The slot car craze hit the U.S. in the 1960s and it continues to remain the hobby of choice for many enthusiasts. But did you know that the idea for slot cars originated nearly 100 years ago?

How Pinewood Derbies Work

The very first Pinewood Derby was held more than 50 years ago; yet even now, Cub Scouts find the event just as challenging and fun as it was then.

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?

Classic Toys & Games

The Slinky and Play-Doh have been popular with children generation after generation. This collection of pictures shows these and other popular children's toys throughout the years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.