WearablesFall 2012 Toys
When our testers pulled the pieces of the put-it-together-yourself cardboard Wearables out of the package, most rolled their eyes at the four pages of instructions. However, once they began building their Wearables plane, carriage, and dozer, they found that the toy was easy to put together. Detailed instructions give easy to follow steps with clear photos that help guide parents. It took about 30 minutes from opening the package to finishing the toy for one parent, and 15 minutes for another to do it. Though an 8-year-old child was not able to put together the toy without parent help, he did happily choose to color the different parts of his Wearables plane. Our tester's 4-year-old son was indifferent until the toy was put together, but then he was really thrilled to 'wear' the plane and move throughout the house "flying". That's the beauty of this toy: young kids will depend on their parents to put it together, then love playing with it. Kids 6 to 8 will help put it together with a parent, and older kids will easily piece it together themselves.The toy is rather large. An 8-year-old boy (who is very tall for his age), found the straps were just long enough for him to wear the toy. Unless your house is pretty spacious, you'll probably need to make this an outside toy, as children had a hard time getting around counters and furniture without bumping the toy around.
Wearables are made of cardboard, so they do have limited play life (especially when kids wear it in the house bumping into things!). However, this toy is fun to play with, fun to put together, and a neat introduction to how things are built. As a bonus, it could even be used as a costume.