So as many of you know, DinoBoy is in the Gifted program at his school, which thus far this school year has caused me many a stressful diorama/craft-related moment. (Don't worry. The second half of the year it's Ancient Greece, which just gives me all KINDS of happies, no kidding!)
Anyway, one of the things in the Gifted classroom, for students who have a few minutes, is a Perplexus. I had never heard of these dealies before, but DinoBoy fell in LOVE.
My mom tracked them down, and for Christmas, both DinoBoy and VelcroBoy got Perplexuses (Perplexi?) -- DinoBoy got the Epic, and VelcroBoy the Original.
Best. Presents. EVER.
I don't think those things were still for 20 minutes over the 3 days my parents, sister and husband were all here, and they're still hardly out of somebody's hands. We were all instantly addicted. They take a nice clear plastic orb, fill it with random curvy tracks and rails and obstacles, toss in a little ball, and... your challenge? To get it from the start point along the numbered course to the end. You flip, turn, tap, fall off, and start all over again.
Seriously, if you have never played with one of these, do it. If you have kids, get them one! Among other things, it helps develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.