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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/27/business/simple-even-retro-toys-gain-favor-this-christmas.html

I'm kinda happy and excited to see this. The fact that it focuses on "retro" is kinda disappointing, but apparently DIY arts and crafts, are gaining popularity as people are moving away from their computers. I'm stoked about it. I've been fairly against 24/7 connectivity to the internet or always being stuck in front of a screen. I also think it gives kids a chance to be creative and, possibly a venue for them to discover actual hobbies and activities these days rather than consuming media.

What are your thoughts?
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i fucking love sand
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my family was kinda poor (struggled alot with school fee's and so on) xD so my Christmas gifts were almost always socks and shirts :3. Everything i got was retro :P
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This just in: Kids like toys!
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I like this a lot.

Kids spend way too much time on their phones and their computers. They need to go outside or play with actual toys.
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kinga750 wrote:

This just in: Kids like toys!


I can hardly describe what I'm seeing, Jon. It's a shocking turn of events which defies words. Children are playing not with handheld electronic devices or computers, but rather with mundane household objects! The previous calming silence of a playground filled with faces illuminated by miniature screens has erupted into a chaotic mess of movement, laughter, and something called "jump rope". Apparently you just grab a small rope, swing it over your head, and jump over it as it comes near your feet. It's pandemonium, Jon. They're doing that forward and backward. But it doesn't stop at "jump rope". Children have also begun to find amusement in climbing ladders in order to ride down the surface of an angled sheet of metal. They call it a "slide", Jon. I have no idea what to make of it.
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Lowlights wrote:

i fucking love sand


nomnomnomnom

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That sand is better than regular sand though. Kinetic sand is where you can at least sculpt something.
I wouldn't mind getting it for Christmas.
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Embrace the internet, and all modern technology. It is our future. One day we'll assimilate and improve ourselves in the singularity movement.
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Whatever floats their boats.
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I thought you were speaking metaphorically, THEY ACTUALLY MAKE SAND TOYS!
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That's because the novelty of electronics and whatnot is wearing off. "New things" tend to receive alot of attention, but then popularity dissipates (sometimes even entirely) when they're no longer "new." It's pretty normal. The history of the hula hoop aptly embodies that phenomenon.
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crunchynaruto321 wrote:

That sand is better than regular sand though. Kinetic sand is where you can at least sculpt something.
I wouldn't mind getting it for Christmas.


There was this thing called Moon Sand that i've always wanted but never got when i was younger
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As someone who's worked in a toystore for most of his life, kids have always bought this stuff. Its never gone down in purchase quantity, there's just not any 'cool' electronics to talk about this year. Also, the tutrle they have in that first picture is very VERY cheaply made and I can't recommend any parent buy it. three out of five of them are sent to my store broken in the packaging before we even get them off the truck.
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Sand paper oil charcoal polyetiren. back in my days my toys have lead ink.
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