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Playful Dino™

Playful Dino™

Spring 2016 Toys
Ages: 1 & Up
Manufacturer: Manhattan Toy
Price: $68.00

The dinosaur shaped and themed busy box invites little hands to explore a variety of playspaces. Appealing mazes and beads and gears that turn encourage testing cause and effect, improving hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Adding to the playful spirit are eye pieces that can be turned to illustrate open/awake, closed/asleep, or even one open and one closed for a wink, and a mouth piece that can appear to be chewing (with mouth politely closed of course) or flipped up to reveal cleaning brushed teeth.

Parents should note that affixing the tail took some strength and determination. After trial and error, we learned that one person should use a screwdriver to push the elastic cord through the hole and another to catch the cord and loop it around the peg worked best.

Claire Green   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Claire is president of Parents' Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children's interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.

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