toys

The Giz Wiz and the Splash Pad

Dick

Episode 1713

It's not a swimming pool, but something the company calls a splash or sprinkler play mat. I purchased the QPAU Sprinkler Play Mat on Amazon. Kids love to play with water, especially during the hot weather, so this an easy way to let them do that. This 68" Splash Play Mat inflates and sprays water when connected to a garden hose. (No air pump needed.) It's designed to be placed on lawns so it's soft underneath for kid's play. The spray can be adjusted by the water pressure feeding the hose. It's great for hot weather fun for young kids age 3 to 5 (& up!).

The Giz Wiz and the Mega Toy Hand

Dick

Episode 1673

Big Mouth Humongous Sprinklers! The one in the photo is the over-9-feet-tall Ginormous Giraffe Yard Sprinkler. Even the description the company supplies is clever: It takes backyard entertainment to the "necks" level. Sure, the kids could run through the rusty ol’ sprinkler, but if you want cool points with the fam you’ve got to THINK BIGGER! Take your summer game to the next level the Ginormous 9-foot tall Giraffe Yard Sprinkler, or one of the companies other ginormous animals.

The Giz Wiz ... Non Newtonian

Dick

Episode 1568

The Giz Wiz is at the Toy Fair where he saw Oobleck! What The Heck Is It? Is it a liquid? Is it a solid? Yes, it is. It's both. Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid, meaning it acts as both a liquid and a solid. You can pound your hand on it (as you'll see on this week's show) and your fist will just bounce off it. And after you do that you can scoop it and roll it into a ball (as a solid), and then it can even ooze out of your hand (like a liquid)! Comes in a variety of colors. It's said to contain only non-toxic and washable materials.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1523

This STEM Kit (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a great introduction to Engineering, Robotics, Circuit Building Projects for kids and teens. It's DIY science experiments use real motors, real hardware and real wood. Kids can build & rebuild endless robotic creations with a single kit. The company says it's for 8-12 year olds & teens. Dick was very impressed with the kit as you'll see in the video. There are 50+ real parts with 10 challenge cards, wood, electric motors, & hardware. You'll see a lot of the products kids built in the video.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1505

Watermelon Smash is the latest new twist on the water roulette game. It challenges each player to press the watermelon against their head as many times as the number on the spinner. It's a suspenseful game because you never know when the watermelon will fully crack open. (You'll see my surprise when I tried playing the game and got drenched. The link is at the Giz Wiz Video below.) If it cracks on your turn, you either get covered with water or plastic watermelon seeds and you are out of the game. Be the last player left to avoid having the watermelon crack open and you win.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1467

Chemistry Magic Invisible Test Tube Kit. (All the components are in the kit, in a smaller size than the video demo.) You take a test tube filled with liquid, and a measuring cup also full of a liquid. (It was premixed, so not sure exactly what the liquid was.) When the test tube is lowered into the liquid, all of the test tubes below the liquid line instantly disappeared! (You'll see it in the video below.)

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1459

The Toy Fair is coming and Dick got a sneak peak of Turbo Jetts electric motorized heel wheels! Heel wheels aren't skates because they just power your heel with two real wheels. An unpowered version has been around for a while, but the Turbo Jetts add an 80-watt, geared-drive motor to provide a one-of-a-kind boost to any pair of sneakers. There's no remote and only one skate is powered. The Turbo Jetts use an integrated, pressure-sensitive, power control system to help you ride comfortably at speeds up to 10 mph (16 km/h) for up to 30 minutes of continuous use.