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Fall 2011 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Anamalz NA
Price: $8.95

Anamalz are an environmentally friendly line of products made from sustainable maple wood and flexible material that allows the figurines to be positioned in innumerable ways. Each animal is actually hand-painted with child-friendly paints. The prehistoric animal collection includes a brontosaurus, parasaurolophus, stegosaurus, torosaurus, tyrannosaurus-rex and a triceratops. Although the representation of the animals is abstract in nature, the distinguishing features of each dinosaur are clear. For example, the triceratops includes its three hallmark horns while the stegosaurus is characterized by the bony plates on its back.

The Anamalz website is well-worth a visit and certainly enhances the play and educational value of the toys. In the Products section, children can learn general information and fun facts about each of the dinosaurs. It's important to pay attention to what you learn because you can use the unique registration code that comes with your Anamalz to login to the site and play games like Noughts & Crosses (similar to Tic Tac Toe), which requires players to answer trivia questions about the Anamalz. The website also offers tips to improve the environment, a great soundtrack that is available on CD and a gift ideas section that is entertaining in and of itself.

Aside from creating a product that is safe, entertaining and beautifully designed for the children that play with them, the Anamalz company also cares greatly about the animals they are modeling. A portion of all proceeds go to the "Anamalz Saving Animals" Foundation that contributes "funds to various wildlife and children's organizations around the world." This is one toy you can certainly feel good about giving to your children for so many reasons.

For more fun with Anamalz, look for the Anamalz Playmat and Trees

Jessica Hensley   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Jessica Hensley is a web designer, yoga and fitness enthusiast and proud mother of two very active young boys. She has been working with family and educational websites for over 12 years.

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