Name: Phd Pocket Disc
What it is: A perfect toy for the road, this crocheted flying disc can be crushed in the bottom of a suitcase and come out ready to fly.
How it works: Throw it just as you would a Frisbee. Almost all the same techniques will work.
The good: I tried this outside with a bunch of kids, figuring we'd spend just a few minutes. We ended up playing with it for an hour and a half. It's surprisingly aerodynamic and behaves much like a plastic flying disc. I used the smaller, indoor type, which was fine outdoors. The beauty of the discs, beyond colorful designs created by Guatemalan women who produce them under fair-trade practices, is that they won't break things, so you can play indoors or out. The sport model would be better outdoors, however, because it's bigger and heavier. If you're looking for something other than an electronic game to keep kids occupied on a trip, this will do the trick. Then again, there's no reason adults can't while away some pretty good hours with it too.
The bad: It can't cut through a stiff wind as well as plastic discs can.
Cost: $10 for the regular size or $15 for the sport model
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