Gear Diary’s Best of 2018 Toy Fair

Play Impossible Gameball

Winner of Last Gadget Standing at CES 2018, the Play Impossible Gameball looks like loads of fun and then some. The ball has sensors and the free app has a host of games built-in. The Gameball is designed to get kids up and moving, and there’s no reason adults won’t love it too. The Play Impossible Gameball is available now for $99.99.

Voice Originals When in Rome

A 2018 take on the traditional board game, Voice Originals’ When in Rome uses the Amazon Alexa Echo not only for instructions but to keep score, offer clues, and more. The game will be released this summer, but in the meantime, you can get a feel for it by enabling the When in Rome Daily app on Alexa. Sign up for updates.

Thames & Kosmos Engineering Makerspace STEM Experiment Kits

It isn’t enough to just have cool tricks to play with these days. Thames and Kosmos’ Engineering Makerspace lets kids (6 and up) combine their imaginations with STEM skills and lessons. There are five kits available in the series so far, some motorized and some non-motorized. Kids will learn about different engineering principles like gears and kinetic energy while playing. Prices vary on the kits, and they will be available in Fall 2018.

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About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
I've had a fascination with all types of gadgets and gizmos since I was a child, beginning with the toy robot that my grandmother gave my brother - which I promptly "relieved him of" in 1973. I'm a self-professed gadget magpie. I can't tell you how everything works, but I'm known world-wide for using a product until I have a full understanding of what it does, what its limitations are, and if it excels in any given area — or not.