Old School Toys with an EDGE
By Christine Gibbs
IT’S A GAS
That odor coming from the basement could be the sweet smell of an MIT scholarship… if your kids are playing with the classic Chem C3000 Experiment Kit. Available at thamesandkosmos.com.
It’s elementary: building a better brain starts early with handmade Periodic Table Blocks. Available at uncommongoods.com.
I GOT IT! I GOT IT!
The ballplayer in your family will love the hand-rubbed and broken-in Shoeless Joe 1910 Fielder’s Glove. Available at handmadebaseballgloves.com.
TURN THE BEAT AROUND
You can relive the disco era without all the polyester thanks to the Desktop Disco Ball, which is illuminated with a quartet of powerful LEDs. Available at scientificsonline.com.
Go ahead and stick a tiny piece of gum under this painstakingly accurate miniature replica Shaker School Desk. Available at shakerworkswest.com.
4GB IS THE NEW 33 RPM
Break out the old LPs and the new laptop and let them play together with the retro-style USB Record Player. Available at urbanoutfitters.com.
Super-size your mind excursion with the 250-ounce LAVA brand lamp. Available at lampsplus.com.
Nothing brings out the timeless beauty of a backyard paradise like a Retro Metal Garden Chair. Available at doitbest.com.
The Nicole Ergonomic Recliner from Lafer of Brazil launches the 1940s-era Barcalounger firmly into the future. Available at leifpetersenfurniture.com.
I’LL HAVE 3.14159 SLICES PLEASE
Now your kids can simultaneously develop their slicing and geometry skills—as well as a sense of irony—thanks to the Pizza Pi Cutter. Available at coolstuffexpress.com.