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My First Zoo

My First Zoo

Spring 2011 Toys
Ages: 2 & Up
Manufacturer: The LEGO Group
Price: $24.99

Against expectations, this toy turned out to be a favorite for our youngest testers, who we initally thought might be too young for the set. My First Zoo comes with tons of big, bright LEGO DUPLO blocks that are easy for little hands to handle. It also includes a zookeeper and his car, as well as a baby elephant, tiger, polar bear and giraffe - or, as one tester would tell you, a dog-dog, a dog-dog, another dog-dog and, finally, a dog-dog with a long neck. J There are also a number of fun additions, like a ticket window, flowers, a piece of steak for the baby tiger, gates to keep the animals corralled, and even some "ice" blocks and a fish for the baby polar bear.

There are many things to love about this toy. Perhaps most importantly, it keeps toddlers occupied for a good 30 minutes, which, in toddler time, is an eternity. We also love that children will be able to play with this for years. At first, they will enjoy putting the blocks together in different configurations. As they get older, they'll be able to have lots of fun pretending to be zookeepers and taking care of the animals.

Our only critique is that LEGO does not provide a simple storage bag to keep all the pieces together. Even so, this is a fantastic toy.

Angelique Rewers   ©2011 Parents' Choice

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