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Elefun Busy Ball Popper

Elefun Busy Ball Popper

Fall 2011 Toys
Ages: 9 months & Up
Manufacturer: Hasbro, Inc.
Price: $29.99

The bright colors of this toy and the balls included drew testers' attention right away. The playful music and sounds that it made as the balls popped from the elephant's trunk kept them coming back for more.

Although toddlers liked this, the Busy Ball Popper is best as a toy that promotes crawling for the younger children who played with it. At random, a ball pops out of the elephant's trunk and lands on the floor, rather than landing in the elephant's ear. When the ball lands on the floor, this encourages the child to retrieve the ball. The ball is then placed in the elephant's ear to cycle back around to pop back out. The right ear sends the ball out of the trunk, and the left ear drops the ball to the open belly. The child can then get the ball and place it back in the elephant's ear to start the cycle over by pushing the big red button.

Children learn motor skills, cause and effect, and sensory stimulation with this toy. This is great for anyone buying for a child who either is a self-sitter or is learning to crawl.

Heather Lawson   ©2011 Parents' Choice

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