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The Amazing Squishy T. Rex

The Amazing Squishy T. Rex

Spring 2013 Toys
Ages: 7 & Up
Manufacturer: SmartLab
Price: $27.99

The Amazing Squishy T. Rex provides the parts to make a three-dimensional, see-through model of a tyrannosaurus rex. The dinosaur's soft tissue (tongue and internal organs) is made out of sticky foam, and the other components are made of firmer plastic. The model can be built, taken apart, and re-built. Once built, it holds together well and can be played with as a dinosaur figure.

This is not a model for the squeamish: the sticky organs coupled with a healthy imagination will be too realistic for some. But dinosaur lovers and anyone with a curiosity about life sciences will enjoy learning about dinosaur anatomy, and creative kids will have fun making the dinosaur behave as described in the 24-page detailed booklet about T. Rex.

This toy was a surprise hit in our evaluator's household; her children have never been dinosaur fans, but her 8-year-old daughter in particular was proud of being able to construct the model (with only a little help on the skull, as advised by the directions), and she enjoyed playing with it afterwards. It was something she probably would not have thought to try on her own, but it was engaging and educational and led to plenty of creative fun.

Emily Crawford   ©2013 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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