• Indoor Toys

    The Innovative Snap Circuits Jr Is An Award Winning Educational Toy

    December 14th, 2010

    Product review of snap circuits jr.

    If you have an aspiring engineer on your hands, the Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 building set may be the perfect gift. This award winning educational toy comes with over 30 parts that easily snap together to create more than 100 projects. Inventive kids will enjoy making their very own working doorbell, burglar alarm, an AM radio or following the directions included with the kit to make other basic electronics. The Snap Circuits Jr building set gets unanimously rave reviews from those that have purchased the product. The snap circuits are constructed on plastic modules, require no soldering or tools. It is hard to find a bad review.

    The only complaint I was able to find was that kids were so excited to begin to create, they often didn’t stop to fully read and understand the instructions for each piece. Because instructions need to be followed for successful completion of each product, this product is recommended for ages 8 – 12. The pieces easily snap together, making this kit user friendly. Kids can enjoy experimenting with creating sound effects, creating games to play and building touch circuits. The Snap Circuits Jr. kit requires two “AA” batteries, which are not included with purchase.

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  • Indoor Toys

    Melissa And Doug Train Wooden Train Set Is Of High Quality

    December 14th, 2010

    Product review of melissa and doug train.

    All aboard for terrific train fun! The Melissa and Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set includes sturdy wooden train tracks in both straight and curved pieces for a fully customizable track design. Included with the Melissa And Doug Train is a roundhouse shed for the engine, railway workers, trees, traffic signs, a suspension bridge, trestle bridge, roundtable and a T-junction. The set is made from solid wood pieces and is heavy enough to stand up to the most enthusiastic engineer. The majority of those that have purchased and reviewed this Melissa and Doug Train Set have whole-heartedly recommended this play set for ages 3 and up.

    Most notable, the reviews have given high praise to the solid wood construction and the indestructible pieces that withstand the roughest playtime. This might be a great first train set for toddlers. The few cons that were noted include the fact that the track pieces themselves do not have anyway to snap or click together and often separate, leaving small children frustrated. Another con mentioned was the fact that the layout designs provided with the set do not always transfer from the paper to the track. One reviewer said that the fit and function were lacking.

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  • Indoor Toys

    Melissa & Doug Cutting Food Box Is Imaginative Pretend Play Food

    December 14th, 2010

    Product review of melissa and doug cutting food box.

    The Melissa & Doug Cutting Food Box is a kitchen play set with imaginative mini chefs in mind. This pretend play set includes more than 30 pieces including 8 pieces of food constructed from heavy, durable wood, a wooden knife and a cutting board. This play set ever features the satisfying sound of a “Crunch!” when the food is sliced. Though this Melissa & Doug cutting food box receives 5 out of 5 stars from over 200 reviewers, a handful of reviewers gave it much lower ratings. The main complaint from those that give the product low ratings was that the pieces had an extremely strong odor of paint fumes.

    The parents who mentioned this in their reviews found this fact coupled with the fact that the toy was made in China, unforgivable and unappetizing, especially given the recent press regarding the dangerous lead levels found in the paint coating toys imported from China. The Melissa & Doug Cutting Food Box is recommended for children ages 2 and up, but might be more appropriate for children slightly older who will be less likely to place the pieces in their mouths. This will eliminate the worry parents may have about the possibility of dangerous levels of lead in the paint.

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  • Indoor Toys

    Alex Toys Car Valet Is A Kids Travel Art And Activity Center

    December 14th, 2010

    Product review of alex toys car valet.

    If your kids are like most, and are constantly asking “Are we there yet”, consider getting them a travel art and activity center like the Alex Toys Car Valet. This fold out table provides kids with the space to draw, color or play games. The upper storage compartment has colorful pockets to hold art supplies and even snacks. But be warned, the Alex Car Valet does not come with any crayons or other art supplies, the image of the product filled with various art supplies is simply an example of how to utilize the car valet. This stow and go tote is great for airplane travel or long car rides. It can be attached to the car seat in front of a child’s seat with Velcro straps.

    A few reviewers warn that the tote does not fit all car seat sizes, but the kit can still be used resting on a child’s lap. The tote zips closed for easy carrying during travel. The Alex Car Valet has won several awards including the Astra Good Toy Award, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Sear Award, the Parenting Magazine Mom-Tested Award and the Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Products Award. This award winning toy tote just may be the antidote to boring car rides!

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  • Indoor Toys

    Melissa And Doug Produces A Beautiful Princess Castle Playhouse

    December 14th, 2010

    Product review of melissa and doug castle.

    The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Folding Princess Castle is not your average play castle. With solid wooden construction and hand painted details, this is a dream castle suitable for any princess in training! This Melissa and Doug Castle folds for easy storage and includes a working drawbridge, removable turrets and balconies fit for Rapunzel. Those who have purchased and reviewed the Melissa And Doug Castle have noted that they are impressed with the pretty details and the quality construction. Many have remarked that this cute castle could easily be passed down to future generations.

    The one complaint that a few reviewers have mentioned is the fact that the room openings are a bit too small for little hands to maneuver doll furniture in and out of. A tip regarding dollhouse furniture for this castle? Reviewers have recommended purchasing the Playmobil line of dollhouse furniture. The Melissa and Doug company does make a line of dollhouse furniture, but many have said that the furniture is simply too large to fit into the rooms. This beautiful play castle seems like a good bet for parents who want a quality play castle that will stand up to many years of prince and princess play.

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  • Indoor Toys

    Baby Einstein Play Gym Offers A Ocean Themed Baby Activity Gym

    December 14th, 2010

    Product review of baby einstein play gym.

    The Baby Einstein Baby Neptune Ocean Adventure Play Gym is a soft activity mat and play gym that features a musical aquarium and the beloved Baby Einstein ocean characters. The Baby Einstein Play Gym includes several accessories such as plush toys and a removable pad. Designed with newborns and young toddlers in mind, this play gym comes with a cute whale shaped pillow to prop up little ones as they explore the underwater motif. Peek-a-boo flaps will keep babies interested in tummy time, while the textured, soft border and sea creature toys will encourage tactile development.

    When researching this Baby Einstein Play Gym, I came across mostly favorable reviews; with many parents excited about the amount of time their babies enjoyed playing on the play gym. Parents were also encouraged to see their young babies reaching, stretching, and rolling over to grab the plush and plastic detachable toys included with the play gym. Though this product received mostly favorable reviews, a few reviewers did mention that they thought the play gym was cheaply made. One reviewer stated that the play gym began to fall apart after just one wash. As most parents know, machine washable is an important requirement for baby’s toys! This could be a great baby play gym for parents who are willing to take a little extra care when washing, maybe hand washing or line drying.

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  • Indoor Toys

    Leap Frog Letter Factory DVD Offers An Innovative Way To Teach Kids

    December 9th, 2010

    Product review of leap frog dvd.

    The Leap Frog Letter Factory DVD is full of educational fun for little tadpoles ages 2-5. Kids will enjoy learning about the letters from their favorites from the cast of Leap Frog characters. Featuring the beloved Leap, Tad and Lily, kids can tag along as the three friends follow where adventure leads. A trip to the Factory of Letters introduces children to silly songs to help them remember the sound each letter makes. The Leap Frog DVD includes an interactive game that allows kids to practice the skills that they have gained from watching the story. Honestly I was hard pressed to find a bad review. Fun songs will have kids singing letter sounds in no time.

    The best I could do was find a handful of reviews that merely gave the DVD a rating of 4 stars out of 5. While reading the “bad” reviews I noticed that there was not a common theme to the less than perfect reviews; one reviewer deducted a star because they would have liked the DVD to be available in Spanish, another deducted a star because they had a problem with the DVD playing correctly. With a 5 out of 5 star rating from over 800 Amazon customer reviews, this Leap Frog DVD is probably a safe bet for parents and caregivers looking for a fun and educational DVD!

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    The Melissa And Doug Food Groups Offers Fun Pretend Play Food

    December 9th, 2010

    Product review of pretend play food.

    Don’t play with your food, unless, of course, it is Pretend Play Food! The Melissa and Doug Food Groups pretend play food set includes 21 pieces of food representing all 4 basic food groups with each group stored in it’s own separate compartment. With a healthy assortment of fruits and vegetables, dairy, proteins and grains, children can practice assembling well-balanced meals. This set is recommended for kids ages 3 and up. This pretend play food set received high marks from reviewers who appreciated the high quality of the solid wooden pieces of food and the separate wooden crates for storing each food group.

    Reviewers mentioned that this set had quickly become a favorite for the young chefs in the family. One major drawback reported with this product was that the paint seems to chip off relatively easily. One parent mentioned that the paint chipped off when she rinsed a piece under water, while another reviewer complained of the paint flaking off after a piece had been dropped. This product seems to be a good bet for those looking for a wooden food set for kitchen-minded kids, but due to the paint concerns, should probably not be given to kids who still have a tendency to put toys in their mouths.

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