Items tagged as tools as toys


From the department of things that are both tools and toys: ToolChess is a handsome, handmade chess set with pieces fashioned from everyday nuts and bolts. The sets are crafted by a father-son duo, and the proceeds help sponsor kids at one of their local chess schools. These guys put some great presentation into their product—every chess piece is finished with a…

Skyline Ruler

It’s a standard metric ruler on one edge (20cm), and a detailed city skyline stencil on the other. There’s not a whole lot else I can say, other than that it looks awesome. They’ve got stencils for London (my favorite), Paris, New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Toronto, and Jerusalem. Each one goes for $9.

Snap Circuits Alternative Energy Kit

I’ve always been kind of a sucker for geeky kid stuff. I grew up watching shows like Bill Nye the Science Guy and Beakman’s World, and of course I had one of those Creepy Crawlers bug-maker kits. Now that I’m a dad, I like to keep an eye out for these same kinds of geeky things I can share with my son…