Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A little something to bring out the artist in all of us.

Like I need one more distraction on my desk.. lol but seriously this one is a ton of fun. The Ball of Whacks is thirty magnetic blocks that can be arranged any way you see fit to for anything from cool shapes to even an adorable little teddy bear. The Ball of Whacks comes with an manual which describes some of the things you can make for those of us who are creativity challenged.

I personally thought I was fairly creative and dreamed up a little dog pattern I was going to make with my Ball of Whacks. Needless to say my little idea didn't turn out so good and it ended up being something along the lines of a really fat two legged blob.. not at all what I was going for. Though I did make a really neat star and I did successfully spend half of a Saturday afternoon doing it. heh.

Ball of Whacks would be the perfect present for that teenager who has everything, or someone who spends way too many hours trapped in a cubical at work. It a great distraction on a otherwise stressful or boring day and its a good conversation starter for those awkward moments when someone wanders into your office unannounced. Not to mention that perfect little gift for your boss who you have no idea what to buy. Not to mention it will make him/her think your one of those "smart people".

Buy a couple and use them as last minute presents and plan ahead as they would make PERFECT stocking stuffers!

Ball of Whacks is available directly from their website as well as on Amazon!

I have a Ball of Whacks to give away to one lucky reader!

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out Ball of Whacks and tell me what you want to make with your ball if you had one. Also tell me who you think this would be the perfect gift for!
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    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end July 17th at midnight!

162 Comments:

mar said...

I am not trying to copy, but I also would make a teddy bear since I collect them. I would keep the ball for myself for mind stimulation that I so need!

louiseb130 said...

I'd make a star shape

laura said...

I would want to make the largest tower I possibly could! This 'game' reminds me of the alias episode where as a child, syndey had to do these spacial relation puzzles and the pieces sort of look like this ball of whacks. Would be too (read: very distracting) fun on an office desk, so I'd love to gift it to my librarian friend. She'd have hours of entertainment. laurachilton {at} hotmail {dot} com

mannequin said...

Oh this is so cool! Ya know what I would love to make?
A moravian star!!!
I am in *crush* with this little baby!

mannequin said...

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Andrea said...

Honestly this would be great for my hubby. LOL!!! However, I'd give it to my brother - who loves things like this. He has this other magnetic thing (can't remember what it's called) and he plays with it all the time. Thanks.

Buki Family said...

i like all the shapes they had on the video, the star and the spiky shapes. this would be a great gift for my brother who loves these kind of things.

Melissa said...

I have no idea what I would create, but I do know who I would give it to... my husband. Besides being a total toy addict, he loves little things like this for his desk at work. He would go crazy for it! jeepcutie82 at msn dot com

michelle said...

I have two science-minded/engineer types in my family, my husband and son, who would love this. I think the first design I would try to make is the starburst pattern from in the video clip.

michelle at northofthe49 dot com

Stacy said...

I would try to make a flower....

This is the absolute perfect gift for my husband. It reminds me of a 3-D tangram and he loves those!

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Genevieve P said...

I'd make a flower! But since I'd probably give it to my teenaged brother, probably he'd make something a bit more "manly".

gkstratos said...

I love puzzles and games that make me think a little so I'm gonna say that this would be the perfect game for .... me! I'd probably start off by attempting a sunburst and then work my way into something more complex.
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Also a subscriber. Thanks!
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Tuesday Girl said...

I think this would be cool for my kids to use and I know my husband and I would be addicted too!

Stephanie said...

I would make modern creations that would aid in storytelling to my son. The gift is perfect for my husband, father, and me of course!
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mountaincat said...

Wow, what an amazing creation! I applaud your genius and creativity. I think that cats, dogs, cars, boats, planes, trucks, cows, sheep, pigs etc, would be great for the little ones. A great way to keep little hands busy. I would love the opportunity to own one of these for my grandchildren. Thanks for the opportunity. :)

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Kathy Cates

semtaylor said...

I would use this as something for my husbands Christmas stocking. He loves gadgets for his desk.

I would make a star...

Steph said...

I think I would try and make a sun. It would make the perfect gift for not only my son, but my husband as well. Looks really cool.

Angela said...

I would make a turtle and give it to my son. Puzzle's are great toys.

vmkids said...

I would love to make the teddy bear but doing anything to break up the boring day would be great!

I am Only One said...

I think that this would be so much fun. I would love it because I love to do puzzles. I think that my husband would love it even more because he loves to do the rubik (sp) cube

Morgan said...

I think I would try to make a little devil or maybe a unicorn? All I know is that it looks like a lot of fun and I love the name! I would probably give this to my mom who needs to remember to take breaks at work - it's a pretty high stress position.

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Angel said...

Frog
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Ana said...

batman

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Maja said...

angelina115@hotmail.com

teddy bear. so cool.

Kristie said...

I think I would want to make the Frog! This would make a perfect present for my husband's cousins that we always get for a gift exchange at Christmas and never know what to get them!

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Annebanana said...

I would totally want to attempt the Sydney Opera House. Failing that, I'm always wanting to create horse-like shapes. I'd give one to my in-need-of-distraction hubby.....

Katie said...

What a cool ball. I would probably start out with a basic star and then maybe get a little more creative. I think my brother would get a good kick out of it. Thanks katie_mmartin at yahoo dot com

Kimberly said...

How cool is this!!!!!! I love it. At first I thought maybe it would be too hard (like a Rubics Cube - drives me nuts!) but after watching the video this looks like A LOT of fun! I love the stars they show you can make with it and the teddy bear looks cute too!

At first I thought this would be great for my husband to keep on his desk at work for those times when's he's feeling overly stressed but the more I think about it this would be better for my soon to be 9 year old son who needs help with his fine motor skills. Right now he's in a special ed course that uses tactile learning and maybe something like this would be of great benefit for him.

Thank you for this prize offering and for telling us about this product.

Kimberly
HunnyV "at" Optonline "dot" net

Jennifer said...

I could spend all day playing with something like this, making whatever my brain conjured up - turtle , bear, house..whatever. This would be the perfect gift for my husband or daughter. They would love playing with this.

seeryusfam@msn.com said...

This would the perfect thing for my son. He's creative in oh-so many ways...and there is no telling what he could create with it. I'm sure he's probably make a race car though...he has a knack for that!

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NES said...

I bet that toy could build a great dinosaur (my daughter's current obsession) - I'd love to give this to her!

susan1215 said...

I would make a star and give this to my kids so they be creative.

peg42 said...

What a great toy this Ball of Wacks is. I would love to make a teddy bear and a cat out of these if I could. But, I think my kids would really grab this toy from me. It really look neat.
Thanks so much for this giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I would like to make a elephant.
This would be a great gift for my brother as he alway is watching t.v.


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michelle said...

I'd make a giraffe...for my sons. They love giraffes!

mverno said...

i like balls of whacks

toasters lie said...

an armadillo

misty said...

I'd make a teddy bear and it would be perfect for my daughter. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

planetmisty at gmail dot com

misty said...

I am also a subscriber.

kara said...

I think this would be perfect for my brother-in-law. He's one of those engineer types and I know he would have fun with this. I would try to make an alligator. I think the shape pieces would make a cool tail. www.kccpets.com click on contact :)

chromiumman said...

teddy bear

my niece

seunghoo said...

If I had one, I'd probably make (or try to make) a dog! I think this would be a great gift for anybody who has a lot on their minds so that they can relax by being creative with the Ball of Whacks.

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seunghoo said...

I subscribed to your RSS just now! Great Blog!

mtnarky said...

I would be making a star. Like the one displayed in the promo video.

fangirl said...

I love the little Einstein guy on the website. Very funny. This is such a cool and creative gizmo. I think that I would try to make it into a cat. maybe a point on the back for a tail.

fangirl said...

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matternu said...

I never laughed so hard when I saw this wonderful magnetic ball.I think its great and I would give it to my son who just graudated from college,he would love it. He is so creative and would have a blast making all kinds of different shapes. Count me in to win this fun Ball of Whacks!!

Meredith said...

I would like to make a Madonna style Bullet Bra

Cool Crafty Mom said...

I would make the frog. This is a perfect thing for my nephew.

triciacus said...

I want to make the batman face, this would be a great gift for my hubby!

shimmala said...

It's hard to say what I would make with my ball if I had a Ball of Whacks, since I've never seen one before...but I know it would get a LOT of use in our house, because it is a perfect game for the Sabbath and we are Sabbath observant--that means no toys that use electricity, batteries, etc. What a perfect toy for our Saturday play! The whole family would definitely be fighting over who would get to use it.

windycindy said...

Greetings! What a wonderful creative tool. There are so many members of my family who would entertain themselves with this toy. My husband who is an engineer, my sons, my sister and my niece, etc. We have a lot of family birthdays coming up and this would make the perfect gift! I would like to attempt making the apple, teddy bear and star. Please enter me in your fantastic contest. Thanks, Cindi
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arbrashears said...

I'd love to try to build both an elephant and a dolphin - my daughters favorite animals! This looks so fun! I know my husband and I would both love it -- but can really see my 9 year old being mesmerized by it! She is afriad of no puzzle, has a tremendous imagination, is so patient and just doesn't give up! I would adore seeing the things she came up with!

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Sharon said...

Check out Ball of Whacks and tell

I would make a a sun, stars, etc...anything celestial...now, if I were to give one away...for sure it would be for my husband who works all day....and needs something to play with and enjoy...this would also be great for our 2 teenage kids!
Thanks for great contest
:)

JenO said...

My hubby is one of the "too much time in a cubical" guys, and he loves toys like these, too. So I think I would try and make a heart and give it to him that way. :)

toughturtles said...

a boat i think a boat

agordon10 said...

A dog

Chris Worthy said...

Wow! This is perfect for my son. He will be 10 later this month and he loves to build with Legos. I am certain that I would build "three-dimensional doodles" since I have no spatial skills whatsoever. My son would have an elaborate contraption operating from it no time!

Have a great day!

vboackle said...

a pyramid

Stacy said...

I dont even know what I would make. The frog is pretty neat, but it would be fun to just play with!
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jennem said...

I would make a turtle. Sort of like the frog on the site. If I could. I'm not that skilled. But dd is very good with her hands, and she would love this.

sweetsue said...

I am not creative, but I would love to try to make an elephant. Cool toy!

melonkelli said...

I would, um, make a ball? Also a bowl.

PiesBonitos said...

Personally, I would make a maid out of mine. It would clean my house in all it's red plastic glory. I need one.

Carrie
mountainrailway at gmail dot com

bfox74 said...

I would make a cat.

dhunt said...

nice

kygirl said...

That is so cool I would try to make a really cool star. This would be great for my son Dalton who loves to make things.

holly K said...

I would like to make a bear out of my ball! This would be great gift for my daughter-she's very tactile. Also, for my friend Kari, so she can have something fun on her desk at work! cookiecutetr72 AT hotmail dot com

tatertot374 said...

This would be so much fun and such a stress reliever. I would love to try to make birds, bears and dogs and my numerous things. Thank you!

gillian said...

first of all I can't believe that no one has posted yet! What a cool 'toy'!!! I would love to give this to my 4yr old son, myself, boss, sister, bff... and I would like to make a monster truck for my son.

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Ghost said...

A dragon. =)

Jane said...

If I had two I think I might be able to swing an elephant, if I could figure out the tusks. Hmmm. With just one, I bet I could work some pretty cool snowflake designs.

Stacie Rodgers said...

blogged about it on my blog,
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ablondeblogger said...

Oh I love this!! As a homeschooling mom I'm always looking for something like this to challenge my kids. Gosh, we could make SO many things with this.....I think we'd try for a swan first, maybe? Thanks for the giveaway!

kristilb19 said...

I'd give it to my son, he'd most likely make a man or robot out of it... this is cute.
kristilb19@yahoo.com

mogrill said...

Id like to make a porcupine!

jffryclough said...

i'd probably make something first and then figure out what it might be

Kari said...

I'd make some kind of animal, a cat or the bear like you've shown. I'd love it for myself, here on my desk!

Kimmy said...

Batman! And I would give it to my brother who loves stuff like this!

blueviolet said...

I'd like to make it into a sun like the young man in the video did. This is such a cool gizmo!
doot65[at]comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

Julie said...

I would make the frog, and I would like to win this for my hubby, Mr. Computer Genius Geek. Thanks, and good luck to all!

paula h said...

Batman would be cool. I think my whole family would like this (except the baby, of course). My older daughter would especially like it.

s said...

bear

Teresa said...

I would try to make a rocket! This is so great! I would give it to my son, because he loves building things! He would probably try to make a Pokemon!

Lilith Silvermane said...

I would "try" and make a triceritop (no idea how to spell right now) out of it!

I'd give this to my friend Timmeh for the holidays! He is always in a cubicle, and this would be fun for him!

Julie D said...

I would pretend I was a famous sculptor and make a totally random design and have my office mates guess what it is. :)

judybrittle said...

The teddy bear,the star and a whole lotta made up stuff. Its a great ball of fun!

Ardy22 said...

My little one would have to figure this one out and tell me how to do it! LOL!

- Marybeth I. said...

I guess I would make something easy - a bracelet maybe... My kids would probably be more creative with this.

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janetfaye said...

I would try to make a cat.

This would be a great gift for my son.

Dena said...

This would be fun and would probably help relieve some of my stress after a long day at the hotel.

llinda29 said...

a dog or cow

phoebejl said...

I would try to make a dog.I know it would be the perfect gift for my grandson, he love magnets and will play with them for hours.A perfect gift. Thanks.

rachel said...

I would give it to my hubby for his Birthday and I know he would make a dinosaur or something awesome like that!rachel@daddyrich.net

Cuddle Cottage said...

I'd want to make the batman mask - that is way cool! I'd give this to my father-in-law for his upcoming birthday; it would totally fascinate him:)
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Stanza Rae said...

I would give this to my daughter who love two things: Tanagrams (this is kinda a 3d one) and RED!!! so it would be perfect for her.

But first I would probably sneak the box open and try to make the teddy (just to see if I can lol)

Thank you.

miriama said...

I would make a star or flower but since I would give it to my teenager I am betting she would make some obscure, original shape all her own.

Mary512 said...

I'd make a frog if I could. Great giveaway, thanks!

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Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy said...

We'd like to try to make a lizard or a frog or something reptilian.
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twistinggooch said...

I would make a flower, daisy.
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esper_d said...

A paperclip holder!

cdrury said...

Would love to win this - thanks!!!
a star and a pig!!

yyeres said...

make a teddy bear, perfect gift for my mom

littlelatina said...

a monkey or a panda oohhh or a nice turtle

purehrt555 said...

i would try to make a turtle, however, I am not creative, but my son would go crazy for this, and I can see him making all of the neat ideas that were on the video.

purehrt555(AT)yahoo.com

SeahorseLady said...

Now this looks like fun! I would have to hide it and keep it for myself to use when I have one of those stressful days and need an escape. I would try really hard to make a turle first!

Sarah said...

I think I would try...hence the word, TRY~ to make a cat or something. I would give this to my 9 year old, for sure! He would so dig this!

TheAngelForever said...

I think my son would love this. He enjoys puzzles and things that use his imagination. I would love to make he star.

Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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M.A. said...

I'd make a rocket ship.

Bad Sheep said...

I would make a cat since I have 2 already. Or maybe a ninja or pirate.

bison61 said...

I think my husband would enjoy this, maybe trying to make animals like a bull with horns sticking out

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sandyy456 said...

I think this would be a great gift for my nephews. If I was creating with it, I think I'd try to make a cat.

Melissa said...

I would try to make a bird.

Dave K said...

I'd try to make a horseshoe, but I'm more interested in what my 2 and 4 year old boys can make with it...

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Sunshine Mama said...

The frog is awfully cute, but I would try to make a tree. This would be the perfect gift for my hardworking dad...if I can part with it. Looks like a lot of fun. kristie2 (at) comcast.net

Molly C. said...

I would so give this my 14 year old son for Christmas! He would have a blast playing around with it. If I were to play with it, I would make a snowflake.

artmarcia said...

In honor of the upcoming "Dark Knight" movie I would make Batman, for starters. but then i would play with the Ball of Whacks and give it to my two sons and we would dream up many more forms. Who would like this gift? anyone with a mathimatical design loving brain. That's us!

Christian Kay said...

I totally want to win this for my husband, the computer nerd :) I would like to make a teddy bear but knowing him, he'll probably make some geometric shape that isn't in the instruction booklet.

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pitaharmon said...

The first thing that came to mind was to make a star, or ball with pointy points all around, whatever you wanna call it. This thing is great for someone who's hard to buy for!!!

kristen cook said...

I guess, my initial K.
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jennmalan said...

I would give it to my son, because he loves building things and always has

PowerSweepstaking said...

Batman!

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aharris007 said...

I dont have any idea what I would make but I am very artistic so I guess I would give it to well ....ME!! I would love to have something like this to piddle around with.

Anonymous said...

A dragon; my nieces would love this!

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calgirl said...

I would make a Ball of Whacks teddy bear

kananee said...

I love teddy bears so have to go with that!

Jinxy & Me said...

I would like to make a cat.

Susan W said...

I would love to make a tar shape with this.
Thanks so much!

Susan W said...

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klp1965 said...

id make a butterfly :)

Brooke said...

Jeez. The only way I would know what to make is if I had it in my hands. The teddy bear looks cool, though.

Cathy said...

I would build a castle for my daughters who would absoluteely love this toy!

Crystal said...

I'd make the batman, or give it to my cousin so he could make it. He's into batman. Thanks!

reb said...

a frog

Casey Pugh-Stump said...

I would love to make a cat. I love kitties! And I think this would be a great gift for children to help develop their fine motor skills. Somewhere around 5-8.

Casey
cpughster@gmail.com

CHERYL A FRANCISCO said...

I would make a roller skate

Samantha P said...

a car, if that's possible, hehe! this looks really fun!

Samantha P said...

i'm a subscriber! yay!

penguin28 said...

I would like to make a penguin of course.

renee
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Sylvia P said...

i'd make a puppy! thanks for the giveaway!

Sylvia P said...

i'm a subscriber!

nknk said...

I'd try to make a chameleon!
Thanks :)

Starshine3 said...

Hmmm, I would probably make a star. Or maybe a turtle. Yeah, I think a turtle would be pretty awesome ^_^ Cool giveaway, thanks!

Lisa said...

I like the frog, and I would use it with my son.

purango said...

I would try to make a little devil. garrettsambo@aol.com

Becca Ann said...

I would make the frog..
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bndraldy said...

I think this would be a perfect gift for my son-in-law. He loves gadgets almost as much as I do. Hey! Wait! Maybe I ought to keep this for myself! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Jean said...

I'd try to make a frog. Thanks!

Susanne said...

A Castle!

donna444444 said...

I would make a doll. My kids would love it.

peggy said...

I have 5 grandchildren. My oldest loves dinasours@ Would love this!

noreen said...

snowflake, I want to play with it myself

lilyk said...

I would make a unicorn with the Ball of Whacks. This would make the perfect gift for my friend.

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