Should parents let their kids play with Himo Balls, the latest toys that can stretch out through your body?

Photo Seasonal food trends have been a constant source of chipper headlines this year. But when it comes to children’s toys, this one is especially delightful. According to Back to the Future, the summer…

Should parents let their kids play with Himo Balls, the latest toys that can stretch out through your body?

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Seasonal food trends have been a constant source of chipper headlines this year. But when it comes to children’s toys, this one is especially delightful.

According to Back to the Future, the summer of 2015 was the summer of the hoverboard. On the 2016 Hot Toy List, it was the season of the soft toy drone and the clawer teddy bear.

Unlike those other toys, the Himo Balls have something practical to offer. Like the T-Ball and the Micro ATM, the toys let kids have a little fun while they earn money to use for chips or gummy bears.

What makes the Balls special is that each product comes with a casing designed to melt, harden, and roll onto the surface of a human body. The thicker the waffle, the more difficult the toy can be pushed into a person’s field of vision.

“I just love children,” photographer Paul Lichtenstein told Matt Langer of Time. “I just love creating happiness.” Lichtenstein conceived of the project while waiting to take a picture of his son on the beach.

After an epiphany, he started working on a prototype by stuffing his son’s snot onto plastic bags. By the time he found the perfect waffle, the product was in full development. The $15 foam balls have been selling online since late summer, and it’s already time to think about turning out the dumplings.

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