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Hoberman Sphere

  • Product Description

    Hoberman Mini Spheres can be tossed, rolled, kicked, spun… or fidgeted with. They expand – almost magically – using plastic joints to grow nearly three times their original size, occupying busy minds and hands. And when it’s time to slow down? They double as a meditation aid, when kids or adults expand the sphere while breathing in, and contract it while breathing out.

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  • Full Product Description

    The Hoberman Mini Sphere is unique and colorful; these spheres inspire children to be creative and inventive.

    • Bright colors bring out the fun in this ball-shaped toy.
    • Hoberman Mini Sphere Rainbow is a rainbow of color you can throw, bounce, kick, spin, roll and suspend.
    • The Mini Sphere also magically expands from 5 inches to 12 inches and it is addictive so just TRY to put it down.
    • Perfect for kids and stressed-out adults who want a little fun.

    “The colorful Hoberman Mini Sphere comes out of the box looking like a futuristic Christmas-tree ornament. It’s a cross between a ball and a star, and measures 5.5 inches across. But pick it up by any one of its dozens of plastic points and this amazing little feat of engineering, or imagineering, expands neatly into a lattice-like globe that’s 12 inches in diameter. The inventor calls it a trapezoidal icosatetrahedron; you could also call it a Bucky Ball, but either way, it’s a fascinating exercise in complex simplicity. The structure is rigid enough to roll and throw, yet if touched in the right way, it will suddenly collapse again, curling in on itself like a defensive hedgehog. An enclosed pamphlet describes various tricks you can do–if you’re prepared to practice. And it’s so aesthetically pleasing that Mom or Dad may swipe it for a desk ornament.” –Richard Farr


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