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Cranium Bloom Let' s Play Stamp & Mail

Cranium Bloom Let' s Play Stamp & Mail

Spring 2008 Games
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Cranium Inc.
Price: $14.99
Review:
Mail Time is an exciting event in most houses - children love to race to the mailbox outside even when it's all likely to be junk mail (junk mail doesn't get old until you've been an adult for a long time), and they love it even more when they send and receive real mail themselves. As sending and receiving real mail is not a daily occurrence for most kids, we've been playing pretend mail for a long time, even without the proper toys. But this set makes it all the more inviting by providing a box that won't fall apart in a day and letters that can be written and rewritten (sensibly or with silliness or even with scribbles) and delivered over and over. The set appeals to a rather wide range of ages - our 8-year-old enjoyed it almost as much as our 3-year-old. There is plenty of room for creativity along with the pretend play, and there's no reason why children can't go beyond delivering only the cards and envelopes provided by making more "mail" out of paper and crayons. The set includes a mailbox (with flag and working door), a mailbag, a dry erase (washable) marker, several dry-erase note cards, postcards, and coordinating envelopes, and static-cling "stamps" for every envelope and postcard. Children can write and re-write messages and deliver the mail over and over. Maybe they'll even learn to write thank you notes - and mail them before the postal rates increase.
Emily Crawford   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Look for this product at:
Cranium Inc.
http://www.cranium.com
Major Retailers
Exclusively at Target Stores

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