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Hoberman Sphere Toys

Hoberman makes puzzles that are similar to a geodosic dome. Geodosic domes are sphere shaped buildings using a series of triangles to build the sphere. The Hoberman sphere puzzle toys use the same concept of using triangles pieced together to create spheres. Because the triangles are hinged, the sphere can grow and shrink significantly. The original Hoberman sphere starts at 6 inches and expands to 30 inches. They are made with various brightly colored pieces of interlocking plastic. There are several versions available and some glow in the dark.  In general, these are recommended for children aged 4 and up. They are a great time killer, conversation piece, and encourage kids to use their imagination along with teaching geometry concepts.

expanding ball toyHoberman Large Expanding Sphere Toy

This toy expands from 9 and a half to 30 inches. It comes with a 21 cool-things-to-do game sheet. The sphere can be hung from the ceiling and the kit includes a pulley that allows opening and closing the sphere when hung. It is 10.50″ L x 10.25″ W x 9.75″ H. This clever toy provides fun for kids and adults alike. Playing with them relieves stress.

glow in the dark expanding sphere toyHoberman Glow-in-the-Dark Spheres

The glow-in-the-dark versions come in multiple sizes, including a mini and one that expands up to 30 inches. The glowing parts remind one of fireflies flying around the room when moved. When mounted on the ceiling, the glowing parts give the effect of an expanding universe. The larger one comes with an instruction sheet, educational sheet and a pulley.

extra large hoberman sphereHoberman Mega Sphere

This sphere expands into a playhouse that a child or even small adult can climb into. It’s an activity ball that can be used indoors or outdoors. Hoberman recommends this sphere for ages 6 and older. Its package size is 17.8 x 16.8 x 15 inches. This sphere is the largest and expands to 4.5 feet in diameter.

 

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