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PlanToys Gears & Puzzles Deluxe

PlanToys Gears & Puzzles Deluxe

Spring 2013 Toys
Ages: 2 & Up
Manufacturer: PlanToys, Inc.
Price: $40.00
Review:

The Gears and Puzzles Deluxe set, which is for children ages two years and up, includes twenty-four toddler-sized puzzle pieces and chicly colored gears that children can build and arrange however they wish. Changing the size and position of the gears (drivers and followers) affects the speed and force with which the gears move.

Packaging displays examples of several arrangements, but the options are limited only by a child's inventiveness. The set develops and hones fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and an understanding of cause-and-effect relationships while encouraging creativity.

In addition to the quality of the product itself, our tester's family was drawn to PlanToys because of their commitment to the environment. Not only are the products themselves environmentally friendly (e.g., the Gears & Puzzles use water-based dyes and non-formaldehyde glue), but the company is as well. In addition to green production processes and the use of a biogas generator, the company also participates in reforestation programs and the Sarnsaeng Arun - Culture and Environment Foundation.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.


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