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Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 – Build and Enjoy

ToysBulletin.com reviews a great construction toy from MindWare.

Q-BA-MAZE 1The Toys Bulletin staff was truly captivated when they visited the MindWare booth at the New York Toy Fair, and first laid eyes on a “Q-BA-MAZE” demonstration. The toy name has a unique meaning, which we believe stands for “Cube Amaze.” Pronounce it quickly and you will get the idea. In any case, the “Q-BA-MAZE” is a very advanced type of marble run with several features we had not seen before.

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Posted in Building, Learning

The Awesome World of K’NEX

ToysBulletin.com looks at building sets from K’NEX.

KNEX 1K’NEX works a little different than Lego or other building sets, and we were able to test the pieces and assembly with two kids, ages six and eight. The K’NEX pieces as you can see from the pictures primarily consist of long rods and circular connectors. The result is that you can build very large sets with

Our progress after the first night, about halfway done.

Our progress after the first night, about halfway done.

fewer pieces, and the pieces do a great job staying together because the overall creation is very lightweight. When you do break a piece it is different than Legos, and other sets in that there is no type of chain reaction that causes more damage to your project. Fixes are quick, easy and usually isolated.

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Posted in Building, Learning

A Reward Chart – Help Kids Reach their Goals

ToysBulletin.com looks at “Reward Chart-Dino” from WOW Toys and Reeves International, Inc.

Reward Chart 1WOW Toys “Reward Chart – Dino” is cleverly designed to encourage positive rewards and help children ages 1-5 achieve their goals. It is simple to use and great for setting goals such as picking up toys, brushing teeth, or even eating green vegetables. The left side of the Reward Chart provides a place to paste a picture of your child, along with his/her name, while the right side of the Reward Chart is used to keep track of actual progress.

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Posted in Learning

DNA Experiment Kit – A Building Block for the Future

ToysBulletin.com reviews the “DNA Experiment Kit” from ScienceWiz.

DNA Kit 1The “DNA Experiment Kit” from ScienceWiz is made with learning and fun in mind. This kit is a great gift for any 8+ year old boy or girl that has an interest in understanding how our DNA works using a kit that explains it in a fun and challenging way. There are 8 specific projects in the kit and they can be done repeatedly as most of the materials are re-usable or can be found around the household. Upon opening this kit, we were impressed with the detailed organization of the materials and the high quality of the workbook that is actually attached to the box itself, so no worries about losing it after completing a project.

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Posted in Learning

KEVA Maker Bot Maze – Navigate the Obstacles

ToysBulletin.com reviews a inventive maze from MindWare.

KEVA Maker Bot Maze 1Before reviewing this product, we had to find out what “KEVA” was all about. It turns out that “KEVA” generally refers to something that has stability or permanence. From a toy standpoint, “KEVA” is usually associated with wooden planks that measure 4 ½”L x ¾” W and ¼” H. They are used to stack and build structures that are amazingly sturdy, and young kids find them simple to use.

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Posted in Building, Learning, Puzzle

AnimaLogic – Move the Animals to Safety

ToysBulletin.com reviews a brainteaser from the Fat Brain Toy Co.

animalogic 2“AnimaLogic” is a clever and challenging game for youngsters ages 5 years old and up. The idea is simple, there are 16 animals (4 each of lions, hippos, giraffes and camels). Each animal in their respective group is also a different color, either yellow, blue, green or red. The animals are trying to cross a river and get to the other side, but they are required to move according to a strict set of rules, that being that they must cross the river one at a time, must travel right to left on their given path, cannot jump over another animal and most importantly each animal must either follow an animal of the same color or follow an animal of the same species.

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Posted in Board Games, Learning, Puzzle

4M Crystal Growing Kit — Sparkling Crystals Form Right Before Your Eyes

ToysBulletin.com reviews a science kit from 4M.

This is a great little “Crystal Growing Kit” that you can find on Amazon for around $10. The key here is to follow the directions very carefully, which not only ensures the success of your crystal growing but it provides a strong foundation for learning about science and teaching kids to follow instructions.

We tested this kit with a six year old and an eight year old, and I would say it was perfect for them, although you could even go a little younger if you are prepared to assist with the project. Everything you need is included in the kit except for water. We began by dissolving the powdery crystal mixture in hot water and letting it sit for 15 minutes. Then we transferred that to the clear crystal display case and waited another 30 minutes for everything to settle. Next we put in the multi-colored crystal seeds, and according to our watch, the preparation process took about 60 minutes.

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Posted in Building, Crafts, Learning, Novelty

Plasticant Mobilo – Building Set Supreme

ToysBulletin.com reviews a building set made in Germany from Plasticant Mobilo.

Mobilo 1There are many construction sets to choose from these days, but there is one that clearly has established itself as a standout. “Plasticant Mobilo” is developed and manufactured in Salzburg, Germany, where they use an injection moulding system to create their high-quality plastics, and the final products are a sight to behold.

We first discovered “Plasticant Mobilo” products while roaming the halls at the last New York Toy Fair. We were immediately drawn to the bright colors used on the display models, and we had to see more. We were able to get a 120 piece Standard Set of construction parts, which provided us with a sampling of nearly every type of connector, wheel, rail and support needed to build just about anything.

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