Winter Fun

Sure it’s cold. And the days are short, the nights are long. But that shouldn’t stop you from having fun with winter. Snowball Slingshot

50 Foot Snowball LauncherThose neighborhood snowball battles seem to get more competitive every year. This time around, get the upper hand with The 50 Foot Snowball Launcher and his trusted sidekick, The Snowball Slingshot. Each is uniquely designed to help your troop of warriors protect your front yard snow fort and restore order on the block.

Bavarian Zipfel BobsledFind yourself a hill, then let gravity and momentum take care of the rest. The Bavarian Zipfel Bobsled combines the speed of Olympic luge racing with the effortless fun of coal shovel racing. There are even World Series competitions held in Europe annually, so you need to get to practicing! For more serious downhill fun, The Snow Cycle,  designed in Oberndorf, Austria, set the Guinness World Record for the longest vertical drop of 107,400′ in 11 hours. You might not have that much time, or a big enough hill, to achieve the 66mph top speed reached by the record holder though.

So go on, get out there and have some fun! Before you know it, we’ll have blinked and our windburn will be replaced by sunburn.

World’s Largest Toe Tap Piano

If one could combine the burgeoning musical interest of youth, with the need for physical activity, it would equal The World’s Largest Toe Tap Piano, from Hammacher Schlemmer.

World's Largest Toe Tap PianoMeasuring 10′ long, this is the world’s largest dance-on piano. The 35′ sq. piano mat allows budding virtuosos to compose their own music as they dance, jump, or run on the keys. Fourteen white and 10 black keys—almost two full octaves—produce individual tones or melodic harmonies. The piano is large enough for duets, and musicians can record and instantly listen to their compositions through an integrated speaker, or tap along with prerecorded songs. The unit replicates sound from eight different instruments (piano, saxophone, violin, organ, trumpet, harp, vibraphone, guitar) and it connects to an iPod or another MP3 player to enable musicians to play along to their favorite songs. Requires four AA batteries. Suggested for ages 3 and up.

Put their energy to creative use, with The World’s Largest Toe Tap Piano.

World’s Largest Toe Tap Piano

World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle

When was the last time the whole family gathered around the dining room table for board games and puzzles? With The World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle from Hammacher Schlemmer, there will be volumes of quality time like never before!

World's Largest Jigsaw PuzzleImagine a jigsaw puzzle, the size of a wall mural. At 17 feet long, and 6 feet high, this puzzle has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest of its kind. Comprised of 32,256 pieces and weighing 42 lbs., it comes with its own hand truck. Made by Ravensburger, crafters of fine German puzzles since 1891, the jigsaw pieces are made from 1/16″-thick cardboard with glare-free linen-structured paper and cut using hand-crafted tools, resulting in smooth, dust free pieces that fit together perfectly. The completed puzzle reveals a retrospective of world-renowned pop artist Keith Haring’s ebullient, graffiti-based art with 32 works that epitomize his vivid colors, bold lines, and symbolism.

Great for community gatherings, club projects, even classroom activities, The World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle will keep everyone busy for a very long time!

The World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle

Sunday is National Teddy Bear Day!

That’s right, Sunday Sept 9 is National Teddy Bear Day. Hammacher Schlemmer has two unique gift ideas that are perfect for celebrating this day: The Customizable Interactive Plush Teddy Bear and The Peek-A-Boo Animated Bear.

The Customizable Interactive Plush Teddy Bear is the 14″ tall plush companion that sings songs with children, plays games, and tells stories-but unlike similar toys, this fellow can be continually updated and customized to match your child’s interests and development. Children interact with the teddy bear by squeezing a paw to let him know what song to sing or game to play. Because the bear contains no animatronics or moving parts, it remains as soft and huggable as any stuffed animal. The bear can even call children by their own names and can be set to work in automatic shuffle mode for younger children. He comes pre-loaded with a starter set of content; additional selections of songs, stories, educational games, and nursery rhymes by award-winning children’s performers such as Sarah Hickman, Red Grammer, and Trout Fishing in America may be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website (additional charges may apply) by connecting the bear to a computer via the included USB cable.

The Peek-A-Boo Animated Bear is the talking, animated plush bear that plays peek-a-boo with children. When the bear’s foot is squeezed, he raises the blanket he’s holding over his eyes, asks “Where did you go?” and then lowers the blanket and says “Peek-a-boo, I found you!” in a giggly voice. Winner of the Dr. Toy Best Products Award, the bear sits upright for engaging play and his mouth opens and closes as he says phrases like “Hello, baby!”, “Peek-a-boo is the most fun with you!” or “Peek-a-boo! I see you!” Made by Gund, renowned toymakers of teddy bears since 1898, The Peek-A-Boo Bear has plush polyester fur and a supple foam interior that provide a soft feel for an entire childhood of hugs.

We’re sure your child will love these bears. Please browse our Infants and Toddlers section as well for more gift ideas for your young ones.

Featured in the Wall Street Journal – The Motorized Stunt Kite

On August 11, 2012 the Wall Street Journal selected The Motorized Stunt Kite by Hammacher Schlemmer as the feature item in its Toy Soar: Remote Control Flyers and Copters article in print and online.

The Motorized Stunt Kite is the first stunt kite to use a remote-controlled gimbaled propeller providing nimble movement. The delta wing shape further enhances it ability to climb, dive and soar. Remote controlled from to 500′ away your neighbors are sure to take notice as you swoop and dive using the multi-directional controls.

 

This toy and many others for all ages can be found in our Hammacher Toy Shop.