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Roger von Oech's Ball of Whacks

  Roger von Oech's Ball of Whacks
Retail Price: $35.00
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Item: CW001 
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Experience the sheer pleasure of play, exploration, and endless kinetic discovery!

When you first see the Ball of Whacks, you might think, “Ah, another Rubik’s Cube.” - Not so!

Made up of thirty magnetic rhombi (Equilateral quadrilaterals where the opposite sides are parallel, for those who were interested), hands of all sizes can take apart and rebuild this ball in endless ways to form amazing designs. The magnets are so easy to form and reform!

Fancy yourself to be a genius? COOL! - Five platonic solids give your brain a delightful challenge. Or, if you're one of the "normal" types like myself, just building them in all kinds of your own ways is loads of fun too.

Because the magnets attract and repel on different surfaces, putting them together is addictive and challenging. Even more fun is the fact that they'll subtly shift and slide, often choosing a better connection than the one you originally wanted.

Enhance creativity and initiate problem solving. Stimulate playfulness and add fun to your learning and working environment.

Invaluable to the classroom, therapy sessions, pain management practices, and more, the Ball of Whacks is a brilliant tool for distraction and refocusing the mind.

Tactile, logic, auditory, focus... It's everything you could ever want in a brain-boosting puzzle!

Still want to boost the fun even more? Combine more sets for more incredible constructions, or even just mix in other magnetic items for even more creative stimulation!

Through shapes both abstract and geometric, Roger von Oech's Ball of Whacks is just the creative and intelligent fun you've been looking for.

Ball of Whacks by Creative Whack
  • A Kinetic, Magnetic Toy; 30 Piece Rhombic Triacontahedron
  • The Ball Of Whacks - 30 design blocks, using magnetism to adhere
  • Endless possibilities for creative & logical connections
  • Connects both sides of the brain for an intelligently creative experience
  • Encourages hand & eye interactions, message delivery to & from the brain
  • Gain confidence in creativity involving forms – rewarding results in seconds
  • Ideal for creative types, intelligent people, entrepreneurs, average Joes
  • Create the symmetries of all five platonic solids
  • A perfect coffee table toy, TV watching accompaniment, travel toy
  • Informational workbook includes ideas for enhancing the creative process
  • Contains 180 rare earth magnets
  • Warning: Keep away from pacemakers
  • Age rating: 14+, due to small magnets contained within toy
  • Durable construction with strong, long-lasting materials

    NOTE: The orange color in the charts above indicate ages that are LESS than the manufacturer suggested age. Please purchase at your discretion if your child is younger than 14 years of age.

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      UPC 861000000021
      Manufacturer SKU BOW31BLU
      Date Added to Fat Brain Toys 10/9/2007
      Manufactured In Peoples Republic of China
      Manufacturer Recommended Minimum Age 14 years
      Fat Brain Toys Monthly Sales Ranking #195
      Diameter 3 inches
      Pieces 30

    CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts.
  • Not for children under 3 yrs.

  • We've collected valuable feedback from our customers on how this item is being used by children with special needs in hopes of providing guidance for other special needs caregivers. Click here to view these "Special Perspectives"...

    Identified Special Needs Challenges:
    ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Developmental Delay, Learning Disabilities, Sensory Integration Disorder
    "Many of the children I work with have autism. They loved this hands on toy. I like that the pieces are not going to be easily lost, they can be easily washed and really encourage creativity. Everyone who walked into my office played with it. It was wonderful toy. "

    Identified Special Needs Challenges:
    ADD/ADHD, Aspergers
    "My ADHD sons like to touch and handle objects, and the Ball of Whacks is a great thing to take apart and put together again. It's also very hands on and is a concrete way of practicing problem solving skills."

    Identified Special Needs Challenges:
    Aspergers, Sensory Integration Disorder
    "My Aspergers's sons probably spend a lot more time using this toy than other teenagers might. They do get obsessed with things, and right now it is the Ball of Whacks. I am thrilled that it is an excellent and quiet fidget that is age-appropriate and acceptable to teenagers. We needed a good fidget that didn't look like it was for little kids! "

    Total Customer Reviews: 191
    Average Customer Rating: 4.71 (site average 4.56)
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    The following "cloud" is a semantic representation of our customers' general impression of Roger von Oech's Ball of Whacks. The larger the text, the more frequently that term is used to describe it.

    different red played blue enjoyed balls love boys new favorite playing likes interesting time creativity play little create like shapes 12 loved fun magnets family great think age loves creative magnetic pieces quality apart making gift second make christmas good

    My rating of Roger von Oech's Ball of Whacks
    Posted 10/31/2014 by Vikki Edmonds

    These are Christmas presents so the above question is a mute point right now. I was really excited about the things I ordered though.

    Rating: 5
    1 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
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    Pretty good.
    Posted 7/29/2014 by rjm

    They're good for just about any age, but they only hold your attention for about 5-10 minutes at a time.

    Rating: 4
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    Ball of Whacks
    Posted 7/3/2014 by Jennifer

    I bought one of these for each of my kids (ages 8 & 12) for a long road trip. It was in their hands CONSTANTLY. They had contests of who could build something faster, they would put the pieces together to make one large model, or sometimes it was just something to fiddle with while looking out the window. Make sure you buy each kid their own, because sharing is not an option with this one!

    Rating: 5
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    Whack a Ball Wonderfulness
    Posted 4/12/2014 by ANDREW M GOBEL

    I was very pleased with the quality of this product. The plastic is a good quality and texture for this product and the magnets that are inside each piece are strong but not too strong and not too weak.

    Rating: 5
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    Funs toy for the office
    Posted 3/31/2014 by Ernest Sorochan

    Great product. Everyone picks it up and does not put it down.

    Rating: 5
    1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
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