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Playstix - 150 PCS

Playstix - 150 PCS

Spring 2011 Toys
Ages: 4 & Up
Manufacturer: Popular Playthings
Price: $24.99

Playstix is a set of stackable, plastic bulding sticks in bright colors and varying lengths. Structures can be as simple as those in the Lincoln Log style, with layers of walls stacked in alternating directions. Paired up and set at right angles, however, they lock into place, allowing for fairly complicated designs that balance on thin legs. The set includes a design book with dozens of creations that can easily be copied, but, as with other quality building toys, the only limit is the imagination (and the size of the set!). Playstix became an instant hit with our six-year-old tester, who pulls them out daily even after several weeks. They are no less appreciated by our 9-year-old and 11-year-old testers.

Emily Crawford   ©2011 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.

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