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Easy Bake, Easy Bake, Fast As You Can!

Easy-Bake birthday week continues with this #TBT post of a 1963 television commercial for the toy oven from Kenner Products.

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Magic 8-Ball FacTOYd

The Magic 8-Ball contains a 20-sided die, which in geometry-speak is known as an icosahedron.

Quiz: Which Easy-Bake Oven Are You?

Today is the Easy-Bake Oven’s 51st anniversary! With over 30 million ovens sold to date, and about 13 different models sold since 1963, there’s bound to be one that best represents you. Let’s find out!

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Then & Now: Easy-Bake Oven

For over 50 years and 30 million ovens sold, the Easy-Bake Oven continues to provide generations of children with the delight of serving up miniature culinary concoctions. However, due to the advent of more energy-efficient light bulbs, the toy oven has been force to stray from its original incandescent light bulb roots.

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Play-Doh FacTOYd

When Play-Doh first hit store shelves in 1956, it was offered in three primary colors, red, blue, and yellow.

The 3-D Power of Play-Doh?

A recent story by Laura Bliss on the CityLab website pitches Play-Doh as a logical choice for inclusion in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) curriculum and blended learning approach that has become a working mandate in many schools in the United States.

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Simon Says…

Milton Bradley launched Simon in 1978 at the infamous Studio 54 in New York City.

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Tetris Factoyd

An estimated 170 million copies of Tetris have been sold since its debut in 1984.

Computer “play” and the development of transferrable computer skills

A recent study from the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School illustrates a direct correlation between using computers for entertainment purposes and the development of computer skills that are transferable to more “productive” computing tasks.

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Aurora Plastics Corporation

Most famous for their plastic model kits of classic Hollywood monsters, New York-based Aurora Plastics Corporation also produced a series of licensed models based on other characters from movies, television shows and comic books in the 1950s and ’60s.

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Rubik’s Cube from Ideal (1980)

Is it a toy, math puzzle or logic game? When it comes to the Rubik’s Cube, the answer is a definitive yes to all three questions. Invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and architecture professor Erno Rubik, the cube recently hit mid-life crisis status and celebrated its 40th birthday.

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