Father Knows Five 10-18-13

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1.  No sooner had I arrived home from work today, than my daughters were yelling my name and asking me to close my eyes.  Here is what I received (“just because”)…a Hot Wheels from 1976 and a book about the science of imagination behind Star Wars.  I love these kids!


2.  The Home of Hot Wheels – You are gonna love this video made at the place where Hot Wheels brand cars come to life!  “A recent voyage to El Segundo, California, brought us to the doors of the Mattel headquarters. Inside, we were given the chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the Hot Wheels design studio, and spent some time with the head of design. We learned all about the brand’s design ethos, new products and the never-ending joys of being a toy designer. Also on show was the brand’s latest Car Maker product, which gives you the chance to mold custom Hot Wheels at home.”

3.  Some great Hot Wheels trivia – “In 1966, Elliot Handler, one of the co-founders of Mattel, Inc. and part of the Barbie doll empire, was the inventor of Hot Wheels. Handler experimented with axles and rotating wheels being attached to tiny model cars. The innovative gravity-powered car he developed had special low-friction styrene wheels. Hot Wheels have been clocked at speeds of up to 300 miles per hour.”

Hot Wheels

4.  Children’s Books about Hot Wheels – if your child loves these toys, why not get them a great book about them?  There are even old comic books that starred these famous Hot Wheels.  Among the best, this one comes with a car – Hot Wheels : the Ultimate Handbook , Fun Facts, Stats & More All About 150 Cars (2013, Scholastic)

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5.  Dad alert!!!  Gather your kids for this one…so much fun to watch!