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Text Cool

Text Cool

Fall 2015 Toys
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Spin Master Toys
Price: $24.99

Text Cool Bracelet Studio is a neat and easy way to make text message bracelets to wear and share with family and friends. The kit includes: 1 Bracelet Studio, 35 Bracelet Bands, 1 Letter Wheel, 1 Emoticon Wheel, and 35 Clasps. Our tween testers were fully engaged with the DIY jewelry studio. One mom even snuck in a few spelling lessons and a trip down memory lane recalling the Dymo label craze machine of her youth.

It's easy to set up, fun to use, and a breeze to take on a playdate. Instructions are clear, and installing the batteries (not included) was simple. The wheels themselves are well made and durable, and the kit comes with enough supplies to make 35 bracelets. The letters are all caps and there is a wide variety of emoticons and symbols. To get familiar with the dials and how the spacing works, testers practiced on card stock first, so not to waste any bracelets. Testers did suggest that refill packs be available in more gender neutral colors.

Andrea Hess   ©2015 Parents' Choice

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