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.


Approach the machine, drop in some coins and watch as hot plastic is molded into a train, gorilla or Frankenstein's monster. Mold-A-Rama machines remain popular with nostalgia fans, but what makes them so appealing?

What could be more exciting than drawing or coloring on a piece of plastic, then watching that drawing shrink in the oven?

Making real baked treats in a toy oven is one of the great joys of childhood. Who knew that the heat of a light bulb would create a childhood culinary icon?

Although kids have always improvised things to play with, toys, as we know them, have actually been around only for a few centuries. Some of the hoops and pedal cars of yesteryear would still be fun to play with, we think.

Would you knock down a fellow shopper to get your hands on a toy? Here are 10 toys that inspired some heinous acts of violence in the name of spreading holiday cheer.

Whether you grew up in the carefree '50s or the safety-conscious '90s, you probably know of a toy that was lots of fun and, in hindsight, flat-out dangerous. Most are off the shelves now, but this list might bring back memories.

Every holiday season, there's that handful of "it" toys -- the hottest gifts for kids. Which products will Santa be delivering the most in 2012?

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

The world's most recognizable doll, Barbie was introduced in 1959 by Mattel, and she continues to entrance young girls half a century later. Learn about Barbie's history and what she has to do with a German doll named Lilli.

Once confined to vaudeville and music halls, today's jugglers do anything from plate spinning to playing with devil sticks. In fact, you could define juggling as using feats of dexterity to manipulate one or more objects.

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.

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.

Add your own personal touch to a child's toy collection by making toys yourself. This article provides instructions for making everything from play dough to jigsaw puzzles, rocking horses and sandboxes.

Did you know that Silly String has been saving lives in the Iraq War since December 2006? Our article reveals many little known facts about this substance. Find out how troops have used it learn the history of the silly string mystery and uncover its effects on the environment.

For many, Lego building is not kid's play at all. In fact, some amazing works of art and pieces of machinery have been made from this classic toy. Watch a cool video and see impressive images of Lego genius.

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.