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Solar Robot Kit

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Several years ago I switched over to rechargeable batteries because kids are battery gluttons. They still manage to run through them like water, and occasionally lose them. But that's only one reason I like this 6 in 1 Solar Robot Kit from Robotikits. The biggest reason is that I want to play with it myself.

This is advertised as "educational" because of the solar power, which I suppose is a good thing. Kids know about solar power, but outside of their pocket calculators they don't get to play with solar power much. This little pocket-sized generator runs the kinetics of the robot outside on sunny days, or inside under a 50-watt halogen lamp. The parts go together to form six different solarcovershapes of robot: a car, a puppy, an airboat, a plane, a windmill, and another plane that flies around a pole. No screws are involved in the assembly, so it should go pretty fast. And when you get tired of one configuration, just reassemble it into another shape! I'd like to see the puppy walk most of all. I think the cats would really enjoy that.
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The 6 in 1 Solar Robot Kit is £12.99 in the UK and $19.99 in the US.

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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14 Things You Owned in the '70s That are Worth a Fortune Now
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From old toys and housewares to books and records, these pieces of '70s memorabilia have aged (and increased in value) like fine wine.

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