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Gears! Gears! Gears! Floppy Jalopy

Gears! Gears! Gears! Floppy Jalopy

Fall 2006 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Price: $52.95
With 133 pieces, including flashing headlights, floppy hood mouth, springs, flow-in-the-dark eyes and lots of gears, the Floppy Jalopy is not your average building set. The results of a child's best efforts will produce a remarkably original and comical creation. Because there are numerous building combinations (unlike some other sets which are designed to follow very specific step-by-step instructions) a child can make something that suits his skill set or age level. An added bonus is the wireless remote control feature; after completing a vehicle, the designer-engineer can watch it whiz all around the house.

Note: A 3-year-old will need an adult's help to put together anything that would operate. This toy is suited to a slightly older child who has some patience and an ability to foresee an end result.

Ann Hillers   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Ann Hillers, a creative writing graduate of Duke University, is a mother of three boys and a former international tour director. Her work led her all around the globe and she's imparted her kids with the same wanderlust. They have traveled together to 20 countries including South Africa, Botswana, Nicaragua, Colombia, Laos, Cambodia, and Indonesia, where they all became certified scuba divers. After living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for six years the family now resides in California.

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