You Can Now Print 3D Replicas of Einstein's Childhood Toys

Open Einstein
Open Einstein

For children, playtime is an essential part of cognitive development. Now, you can give them toys that befit their genius: 3D replicas of the ones that Albert Einstein himself played with.

The LEGO Foundation, Unilever, and IKEA have launched Open Einstein, a site where you can download a 3D printing kit that allows you to make exact replicas of the wooden blocks the Nobel Prize-winning physicist played with during his childhood in Germany. "Play empowers children to create and learn for the rest of their lives," the site declares. "It is a fundamental right for all children."

The 3D printing kit provides designs for 36 toy blocks of various sizes and shapes. Einstein's wooden boxes of blocks, made by the German company Anker-Steinbaukasten, are currently held by a collector named Seth Kaller. (According to his website, you can buy them if you have $160,000 on hand.)

A dark image labeled 'Open Einstein' with wooden blocks in the background
Open Einstein

The 3D printing kit contains model instructions for only a fraction of the 160 blocks in the original set, which Einstein reportedly used throughout his childhood to erect complex structures at home. He wasn't the only famous fan of the toys: Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller, and other notable creatives played with the same blocks.

If you're looking for a particularly erudite toy to nurture your child's mind, blocks—whether Einstein-related or not—are a pretty good choice. The National Association for the Education of Young Children says that playing with blocks can enhance problem-solving skills, fine-tune motor skills, and boost creativity.

Your child may never come up with world-changing scientific theories, but if nothing else, hopefully the set will impart some of the genius's sense of creativity. Or at least his delightful playfulness.

These Rugrats Sneakers Will Bring Out Your Inner '90s Kid

Champs, Fila
Champs, Fila

There's a new way for grown-up '90s kids to express their love for their favorite show from childhood. The characters from Rugrats are highlighted in a new line of footwear from Champ Sports and Fila, and the shoes are now available to purchase, Comicbook reports.

The Rugrats sneakers are branded with the playful imagery you remember from the classic Nickelodeon cartoon. One pair of Fila Original Fitness shoes features Angelica, Tommy, Chucky, Reptar, and Spike in a stripe on the outside of the sneaker and other characters like Phil and Kimi on the sole. The Rugrats-edition of the Fila Ray Tracers are Reptar-themed, with dinosaur-green accents and a tiny Reptar attacking the Fila logo. The plain white Disruptor II shoes are embellished with several Rugrats logos, and all shoes have one Rugrats logo on the heel.

Rugrats-branded sneaker.
Champs, Fila

If you aren't interested in sneakers, the new Fila line also includes shirts and hoodies inspired by the show. One T-shirt shows Chuckie rocking a pair of Fila sneakers, and another shows the entire cast of babies, including Susie, Dil, and Kimi.

You can buy a Rugrats T-shirt for $35 and a hoodie for $65. The sneakers range in price from $60 to $75. After checking out the apparel at the Champs store, see how it was designed in the video below.

[h/t Comicbook]

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