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Toobers & Zots Bend & Pretend Foamstruction Sets

Toobers & Zots Bend & Pretend Foamstruction Sets

Fall 2011 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Little Kids, Inc.
Price: $24.99
Review:

Toobers and Zots are a very creative construction toy, as each piece can take on many different shapes. This set is focused around dress up play for boys and girls, and having that bit of structure helped children enjoy the set more. In the girls' dress up kit, there are pieces that can be shaped into props (crowns, microphones, or superhero gear), a piece of cloth for dress up, and instructions for making wands and wings. The pieces are colorful and playful, with shapes that encourage kids to think creatively. One parent said that her four-year-old ran around the house in an outfit she had constructed from the kit (crown + skirt + sword), shouting "I am a knight, I am a knight!"

This kit does a good job in making construction play appealing to girls as well as boys, both by incorporating a pink-intensive color scheme, and by emphasizing the potential for princess play. That the packaging also suggests rockstar and superhero dressup options as well is great. I often regret that my girls don't do more construction play, and I was glad that the theme helped them get into it. My 8 year old is jumping rope with a rope made of toobers right now.

I have not seen anything like this kit before, and it encourages very playful interactions by my kids. The educational component is in figuring out how to make new creations, and in the creative play they do once they have costumed themselves with their creations.

Editor's Note: Some reviewers worried about the odor the toys had when newly opened. Letting them air for a few hours before play solved this problem.

Rachel Schiff   ©2011 Parents' Choice

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Little Kids, Inc.
http://www.littlekidsinc.com

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