There’s something about perpetual motion toys that’s simply mesmerizing. These toys seemingly power themselves using kinetic energy, which results in an endless motion that can easily become hypnotic.
However awe-inspiring these toys are, they are also simple and super cool at the same time. They also have the unique ability to entertain children for hours. There’s even a sneaky opportunity to teach your children some science while they play.
Whether you’re thinking of getting your children a toy as a gift or something simply because you love them, you can never go wrong with a perpetual motion toy.
Chaos Millenium Tower
GeoFlux Mesmerizing 3-D Kinetic Sculpture
Best Perpetual Motion Toys to Captivate Your Children
I’ve searched high and low to find some of the finest perpetual motion toys in all the land. Now, all you have to do is pick the one you love the most.
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1. Chaos Millenium Tower
Let’s face it, your children don’t need a tower to cause chaos around your home, but there’s no better way to harness that energy than this superb kit.
This DIY kit, suitable for children aged 8 and over, is great because it’s both entertaining and educational.
The kit itself contains an incredible 602 individual pieces which construct a tower that stands a colossal 78 inches tall, so you’re probably going to want to dedicate some space for this one.
Once constructed, the innovative ‘chaos’ motor carries the small balls all the way to the top. It’s then released, traveling through the course that your children have set up.
What’s Great About It: So technically, this isn’t a true perpetual motion device since it’s battery operated. However, the science before the Chaos Tower is relative to the scientific theory. If you want to learn more about it, simply watch the included informational CD-ROM.
2. Euler’s Disk
Now it’s time to take things down a notch and relax. Euler’s Disk is a traditional perpetual motion toy that has been around for decades. This is simply a modern-day remake, but your children will love it nonetheless.
All you have to do is to set the reflective surface down, so it’s level and stable. Then spin the disk on the surface, sit back, and watch the magic happen.
Without touching it again, the disk will continue to spin faster and faster, without any sign of slowing down.
Thanks to the reflective and colorful design, light bounces off this disk while it’s in motion. This creates an awe-inspiring light show that will captivate your children’s attention for countless hours.
This isn’t all as magical as it seems, as this toy uses real perpetual motion. All these illusions are possible thanks to gravity, so you can be sure that it will work every time, no batteries required.
What’s Great About It: It’s also worth noting that this toy doesn’t just produce an amazing light show. It also creates a rhythmic, almost hypnotic, sound as it rotates at ever-increasing speeds. This creates a unique sensory experience that you can’t get anywhere else.
3. GeoFlux Mesmerizing 3-D Kinetic Sculpture
Let’s look at something a bit more hands on. This unique and potentially confusing toy is incredibly simple, but creates an amazing effect that your children are going to love.
This coil is made from one continuous strand of durable stainless steel. This strand is then manipulated into numerous rings and then back on itself. The result is the GeoFlux Sculpture.
The coil comes flat, to begin with, but as soon as you take it out of the box, it pops open into a cylindrical form.
The most common way to use this toy is to stick your arm through the center of the coil. When you lift your arm, the coil will automatically roll down towards your shoulder. When you angle your arm down, it will roll automatically towards your wrist.
This may sound simple, and it is, but the patterns that this coil makes while in movement are stunning.
You don’t even have to play solo. Hold hands with your child and you can pass it between each other without having to let go. I just love how simple this toy is, but how it’s so entertaining at the same time. My family loves it.
What’s Great About It: What’s more, this awesome little toy comes with its own dedicated travel bag. Simply flatten out the coil again, pop it in the bag and take the magic with you wherever you go.
How to Choose the Perfect Perpetual Motion Toy
Since all perpetual motion toys are different, it’s hard to be sure that you’re buying the right one. To help you make the right decision, here are a few key points to remember during your search.
Consider the Design
It’s best if you choose the right kind of toy for your child. For example, if your child is very hands on and loves to do active things, a toy like the Chaos Tower would be ideal.
However, a toy like Euler’s Disk may be a bit boring if your child loves to move around. On the other hand, if your child is quite relaxed and calm, the disk may be perfect.
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Consider the Quality
As with any toy for your child, you’ll want to be sure that you’re buying a quality product. Even if you’re on a tight budget, don’t cut corners when it comes to quality.
If you opt for a low-quality build, it’s going to break easily, and you’ll have wasted your money anyway.
Consider the Price
It’s important that you consider your budget. For adult perpetual toys, some of the more complex models can cost several hundred dollars. Take your price and shop around.
Narrow down your search by filtering out the toys that are low-quality. Then consider the design you want, and you’ll have the chosen the perfect perpetual motion toy.
All of the toys in my list are great fun and highly stimulating for your child’s mind. With so many toys to choose from, really put time into thinking about which one your child will love the most. By making the right decision, your child will have a toy that they can enjoy for many years to come.