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Great Travel Activities!


February break is upon us, and many people will be traveling this week. Here are some fun travel games and activities to keep everyone occupied during a long car trip!

Magnetic games
are great to play in the car, in a hotel room, or at a campsite, since all of the pieces stick to the board, making them difficult to misplace!

Travel Scavenger Hunt For Kids
–  To play, each player takes five cards and tries to locate various roadside objects. Players may have to find a red car, a school bus, a license plate with the letter “z” and many others. In addition, several funny “Hear It”, “Feel It” and “Smell It” cards encourage kids to use all their travel senses by listening for sounds, feeling for bumps and sniffing for scents.

Melissa & Doug Water Wow activity books use plain water in a special pen to color and draw on its pages. The image fades when the water dries, and then the pages can be drawn on again!

Mad Libs
– Mad Libs is a fun word game where you fill in the blanks in the story with your own words before reading it out loud.

Magic Pen Books
– Use the special Magic Pen to reveal the colors in these mess-free coloring and activity books. Several varieties are available, including Spider-Man, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Finding Nemo and Disney Princesses!

Spot It on the Road
– Spot it! meets Travel Bingo! This edition includes an additional game variation: players scan the scenery for objects that match the symbols from the cards.
Whether you’re in the big city, cruising down the highway, or just around town, there is always something to spot.


John’s first Metal Earth Kit


I was recently given a kit from our Metal Earth collection.


These kits come in many varieties, including several Star Wars models.

My wife chose the R2-D2 kit for me🙂


The kit includes 2 metal sheets of pre-cut parts that just need to be punched out.


Pictorial instructions are included too, but you’ll need some small tools to complete construction.


The first step was assembly of the domed head. I thought this was going to be very difficult because of the curved shape, but it went quite well. I was on my way.


Next I needed to form the two halves of the main body. Curving the pieces was pretty easy because they’re so thin.


A couple details needed to be added to the inside of the body halves before they could be joined.


Next it was on to the legs. They were much more complicated than any previous steps. But I was ready for a challenge.


The legs had to be attached to the body before the head.


R2 is really taking shape now. The feet may be the hardest part of this kit but they’ve worked me up to it.


Haha, he looks like he wants to help.


See all the detail in his feet. There are several parts with lots of folds involved but it all went smoothly.


These are some of the parts used to make his center foot.


Now the center foot parts are attached to his bottom.


He’s almost done! Time to mount him to the display base.


I spent about four hours over two separate days on this little project. I decided to split it up because my eyes were getting a little tired. The tabs and slots are very small. I may use my magnifier lamp for my next kit.


Overall I really enjoyed making R2-D2. I was concerned when I first opened the package that the metal sheets might be sharp. I imagined poor R2 would end up all bloody from my cut-up fingers. However, I never cut myself through the entire process.
Now I just need to decide which kit to make next🙂

Here is a little video of R2 on one of our solar powered spinners. He looks great in the sunlight.

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you try one of our Metal Earth kits yourself. Here is a link to our selection:
Metal Earth (link)

Five Great Gifts for Star Wars Fans


In honor of Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening in theatres today, we’ve picked five of our most fun products that any Star Wars fan would love to find under the tree (or in their stocking) Christmas morning!




Meet BB-8 – the app-enabled Droid that’s as authentic as it is advanced. BB-8 has something unlike any other robot – an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands. Set it to patrol and watch your Droid explore autonomously, make up your own adventure and guide BB-8 yourself, or create and view holographic recordings.

Photomosaics Puzzles

Each of these 1000-piece puzzle is made up of thousands of images from the original Star Wars trilogy. These puzzles from Buffalo Games are made in the USA with soy-based inks and 100% recycled paperboard with 90% post-consumer content (for both the package and the puzzle). The thick pieces snap securely together. These puzzles are appropriate for ages 14 and up.

Metal Earth Kits

Make a metal model of your favorite Star Wars ship, vehicle or droid, no glue or solder needed! Clip each piece from the larger sheet, insert tabs from one piece into the slots of another piece, then bend them over with tweezers or pliers. Ages 14 and up.

Klutz Star Wars Thumb Doodles

Use the 4 ink pads, marker, and dual-tipped lightsaber pencil to make thumbprint versions of your favorite Star Wars characters. Simple step-by-steps include clone troopers and battle droids, Ewoks and Wookies, Jedi and Jabba the Hutt. Star Wars fans will love re-creating key moments from the movies and creating scenes of their own. Comes with: blue, black, green, and brown ink pads, black marker pen, dual-tipped lightsaber pencil (red, blue). For ages eight and up.

Millenium Falcon SnapTite Kit

This Skill Level 1 SnapTite kit from Revell is molded in color and snaps together easily – no paint or glue is required! The ship is 14¾” long when fully assembled, and includes a clear cockpit with Han Solo and Chewbacca figures! The kit contains 52 pieces and illustrated instructions. For ages eight and up. Other Star Wars plastic model kits can be found here.

Staff Gift Picks 2015 – Gifts for Adults

This week, our staff shares their top picks for great Christmas presents! Here are our suggestions for gifts that adults will love!

BB8 Droid

Woodburning Kit

Losi Desert Buggy XL

2000-Piece Puzzles





Stunt Kite

Coloring Books for Grown-ups

Yunec Q500 4K

Metal Detector

Gift Certificate

Cider Kit
Hard Cider Kit

Ominus FPV Quadcopter


Check out all of our 2015 Staff Gift Picks here.

Staff Gift Picks 2015 – Gifts for Kids


This week, our staff shares their top picks for great Christmas presents! Here are our suggestions for gifts for kids!

Playmobil Pirate Adventure Island

Harrisville Easy Weaver

Penguin Popper

Demolition Lab Triple Blast Warehouse

Rubberband Guns/Ammo


Bruder Trucks


Revel Snap-tite Build & Play Jeep

Fuzzy Posters

Paint Your Own Bank

Klutz Potholders

Alex Tots Art Gallery

Real FX Slotless Racing

Find It!


Check out all of our 2015 Staff Gift Picks here.

Staff Gift Picks 2015 – Stocking Stuffers

This week, our staff shares their top picks for great Christmas presents! Here are our suggestions for stocking stuffers!

Magic 8 Ball

Metal Earth Kits

Puzzle Glue

Working Hands


Xacto Knives

Bob Smith Glues

Good Luck Animals

Stickles Glitter Glue


Paddle Ball

Bob Smith Epoxy

Wood Model Kits

Melissa & Doug Water Wow

iPop Zombies

Flavored Lip Balms

Grow your own Catnip


Smile on a Stick

Classic Metal Works Mini Metals Vehicles


Check out all of our 2015 Staff Gift Picks here.

Staff Gift Picks 2015 – Craft Kits


This week, our staff shares their top picks for great Christmas presents! Here are our suggestions for craft kits to give as gifts this holiday season.

Works of Ahh Solar System Mobile Kit

PRO Loom Potholder Loom

Soy Wax Candle Kit

Alex Drawing Set

Boye Knitting Loom Set

Alumalite Casting Kit

Coventry Cottage Dollhouse Kit

Arm Knitting Kit

Crochet Scarf kit

Paint by Number Kit

Sewing Kit make a Pillow

Beginner Origami Kit

Bead & Weave Bracelet Set

Klutz Learn to Draw DC Superheroes

Alex Wood Wonders Ultimate Set

Klutz Knitting


Check out all of our 2015 Staff Gift Picks here.