People have been throwing things at each other and lobbing stuff into the air as a form of amusement since the dawn of humankind. Cro-Magnon people had to content themselves with tossing rocks and bones, often causing massive head injuries. As we continue to evolve, so does our fascination with all things airborne, and the quality of toys is much improved since Grog gave Og a concussion at the family picnic all those years ago.
The Piper Rubber Powered Glider (1, $9.99 Science City, 50 Bloor West, 416-968-2627, www.sciencecity.ca) is easy to assemble and launch. Just wind up the rubber band and let 'er rip. The SkyFlyer Glider (2, EfstonScience, 3350 Dufferin, 416-787-4581, www.e-sci.com, $9.95) has a 1.22-metre wingspan and boasts loop and stunt capabilities. Or check out the balsa Jetstream Glider, also powered by a rubber band (3, Science City, $4.99).
The Tim Bird (4, EfstonScience, $18.50) flaps its wings just like a real birdie and and flies up to 46 metres. You get the same principle, but for goths, with the Batwing Flyer (5, Science City, $17.99).
Too chickenshit to skydive? Live vicariously through this little dude named Plunge - Bendos Mega Parachute (6, Science City, $24.99). You can achieve distances of over 90 metres with X-Zylo Ultra (7, Science City, $9.99 ), so go long. Gotta get the right spin on it, though. The 23-centimetre foam Aerobie Football (8, EfstonScience, $21.95) with fins makes for perfect spirals and accurate passes - also known as "cheating."
If you always dreamed of being captain of the football team, now you can pretend. The classic Frisbee - you know how it works (9, Science City, $4.99). The Frisbee Moonlighter (10, EfstonScience, $14.95) glows in the dark. The 33-centimetre Aerobie Pro Flying Ring holds the Guinness World Record for the farthest throw, at 383 metres (11, Science City, $15.99).
This flying disc (12, EfstonScience, $22.95) makes really annoying noises and farts sparks! The perfect gift for a kid whose parents you despise. The Yardarang (13, EfstonScience, $9.95) is a soft boomerang safe for kids and grown-ups and really lazy people. Just throw it and it comes right back. No need to even move.
You can assemble these Micro Rockets (14, Science City, $10.99) by yourself and then launch. They come with a little info booklet featuring educational experiments. Then fill the launch pad of the Blast-Off Space Rocket (15, EfstonScience, $1.95) with water and let the cheap rocket rip. "Never," warn the instructions, "over-pump." We'll keep that in mind.