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Peek-a-Boo Bags by I-Play

Sometimes the Sunday newspaper advertising inserts surprise this reviewer with something unusual. An article proclaiming "Peek-a-Boo Bags" as being great stocking stuffers for under $20 made this writer stop to read more. What in the world were "Peek-a-Boo Bags?" As a reviewer, toys are my business, but this one was not on the radar.

So, guess what, this writer went out and bought two of them, and they are as much fun as that Sunday newspaper suggested. "Peek-a-Boo Bags" are simply cloth bags that are approximately 6" square in size. There is a plastic "see through" window on the front of the bag and the bag itself is filled with small white beads.  This creates a very squishy little package.  But there are also hidden treasures inside the bag.  Youngsters have to move the beads around by pushing and squeezing to find out what is inside.  

There are three different bags available, a pink one containing about 20 little girl items, like a small purse or a heart, a blue bag containing about 20 little boy items, like a dinosaur or a car, and a third bag containing all 26 letters of the alphabet.  There is a list of what is contained in the pink and blue bags attached to each.

The idea is for the parent to remove the list, and then call out items, or letters of the alphabet, to their child and then let them try to find them.  Kids hunt for the named item
and once found, another is called out to them.

This is great for travel, or long waits almost anywhere.  There can be races to see who can find the item first, or find one of a certain color.  The possibilities are endless.  It is intended for children 3 years and older, and requires no cleanup and creates no mess at all.  But remember parents, do not lose that list of what is contained in the bags.  It might be a good idea to make a backup copy of the list for safekeeping just in case.  "Peek-a-Boo Bags" retail for under $14.99 and can be found at www.amazon.com 

Silver Award

-- RJ Cullen
Posted in Games, Learning

Loopz Game

There are 4 semi-circular loops on the game console, which stands upright, each containing a motion sensor. The loops randomly flash with both color and music, and gameplay involves waving one’s hands in and out of the loops.

The longer you play, the faster it gets. If you miss 3 times, you lose the game. This may sound like another music memory game, but it has a few twists of its own.

“Loopz” contains 7 different games to play; they are “Repeat the Beat,” “Reflex Master,” “Rhythm and Flow,” “Musicology,” “Freestyle DJ,” “ Music Studio,” and “Versus Mode.” All of the games were fun, but this reviewer really got hooked on “Reflex Master,” where you are forced to tag as many lights possible before the time runs out.
Posted in Games

Mindflex Game

Can you move a foam ball with just the power of your mind?

Believe it or not, you can. Mattel created this game a couple of years ago, and this reviewer first saw it demonstrated at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas in January 2009. Potential buyers were lined up all around the display to see this and they were not disappointed.

You are asked to wear a headset which measures your brain waves and allows your mind to move the ball along its intended path. Mattel provides obstacles to go through and around to enhance the difficulty and overall challenge. Batteries are required for the game console and the headset. 4 balls are included and this game can be played by those 8 years and up.
The “Mindflex Game” was a finalist at the 10th annual Toy of the Year Awards. Remember, concentration is a requirement for this game, and truly mastering the game may be difficult for some, but truly rewarding once you have it figured out. Read much more and see a short video at www.amazon.com.
- RJ Cullen
Posted in Games








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