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Dino Construction Company

Dino Construction Company

Fall 2013 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Educational Insights
Price: $39.99

Educational Insights has married two favorites among kids—dinosaurs and construction trucks—to create the Dino Construction Company. The toy comes in four varieties. There's Boom The Brachiosaurus Backhoe; Wrecker, The T-Rex Loader; Spike, the Ankylosaurus Steam Roller; and T-Top, the Triceratops Bulldozer.

The trucks are colorful and tactile, with vibrant yellows, blues and greens, and surfaces that are alternately smooth, bumpy, rubbery, spiky (but not sharp), and rounded. Each truck mimics features of its associated dinosaur. So Spike (the Triceratops) is, yes, spiky with a matching wrecking ball tail. Boom (the Brachiosaurus) has a long neck, wide jaw for snapping and digging and a scooping tail with "bones" revealed.

Our child testers played with these toys for hours. Both boys and girls enjoyed using the toys, and some chose to use them for pretend play and as an opportunity to show off their knowledge of dinosaurs. Parent reviewers loved how popular these toys were, and that they offer hours of durable, battery free play indoors and outdoors.

Andrea Sheehan   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Andrea Sheehan is a former teacher and Mom to four, currently working to successfully blend games, teaching, and technology with her startup, Outthink Inc.

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