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Tech Beat: Annual Toy Fair bursting with scientific fun
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This week the Javits Center in Manhattan is loaded with stuff kids will want to have just for fun and stuff their parents will want them to have for learning. It's all part of the 110th annual American International Toy Fair which, of course, has lots of great toys that both kids and parents are sure to agree upon.
One such toy is Crayola's Marker Maker Kit, which will be out later this year. Kids will enjoy making their own markers from scratch and parents will enjoy the process that teaches their children some basic chemistry.
"It lets kids experiment with colors and follow their own recipe guides to create their own custom colors using Crayola inks and marker parts that come together to create a customized marker," explains Faith Strucko of Crayola.
Popar Toys, which makes books with augmented reality so that you can point your mobile device at the page to make it digitally come alive, will start selling puzzles with augmented reality and AR maps of the world and the solar system in a couple months.
"It's a seek and find so it actually asks you questions so you learn about solar systems, you learn about star clusters, you learn about each individual planet and their probes," says Robert Siddell of Popar Toys.
And finally, you might think it's a bit of a stretch to have kids learn about science by having them play with bubbles, but chances are they've never played with Epic Bubbles.
Out this summer from Be Amazing Toys, Epic Bubbles are special bubbles that can be held in your hands. The secret is actually in a fancy glove you wear.
"It's a regular bubble and regular dish soap. It's just the fact that the bubble is not touching any type of oil or dirt on your hands," explains Steve Spangler of Be Amazing Toys.
The same folks are also allowing kids, through lesson in physics, to make square bubbles.