I got to use the Roll and Play game with my 2-1/2 year old granddaughter and we had a ball! The game includes a large soft block, like a dice with different colors on each side, as well as colored activity cards. The child, or children, roll the large block and whatever color is on the top tells us which card to pick. If the Purple side of the block is on top then we pick a purple card and act out the activity on the card.
A little preparation is needed by the adult prior to playing the game, such as gathering props. As an example, one card says to "Hug a Teddy Bear", so I made sure we had a teddy bear nearby before we started playing the game. Since there was just the two of us playing we took turns rolling the block. Since Sydney is learning her colors it was fun to ask her what color was on top, then have her find that color card in the stack. I would read the instructions, they were very simple, like put your feet and hands in the air. A picture on the card clearly depicts how to do each activity, so after a while Sydney could even pretend to read the instructions herself.
This is a very interactive game where both parent and child get to be physical and have fun. I really enjoyed the game and thought it was a great way to include other lessons, like finding colors, counting, hunting for objects. Each activity presented the opportunity for additional lessons, like when we were suppose to ring the doorbell, we had to also open the door and figure out how to get up to the doorbell safely.
Jennifer received the Marbleworks Starter, Marbleworks Wild Ride, and Marbleworks Crank-it Up toys and here is what she thought...
The Marbleworks Deluxe was given to my 8 year old son M, a few weeks ago and he absolutely loves it. He will play with it for hours, almost every night. My husband enjoys playing with M and the Marbleworks toy too.
The Marbleworks deluxe kit included the Marbleworks Starter set which has 46 pieces that include colorful tubes, chutes, and bases that can be connected in numerous ways. It also comes with 10 marbles to race through the set, although my 4-1/2 year old ate one of the marbles the first day we had it because she thought they were candy. The addition of the Wild Ride & Crank-it Up accessory sets made for even more excitement.
Crank-It up is a one piece set that sends the marbles speeding through your Marbleworks creation. You turn the crank to set the marble in motion and as you spin the handle the gears grab hold of the marble and lifts it through the tube, sending it racing through the set. The Wild Ride consists of a spiral flume and chute that you also attach to send the marble racing. The Marbleworks accessory sets add even more fun and creative play to the main set and are a GREAT buy at only $15 per set!
Not only is Marbleworks super fun, but it is also educational. It is great for fine motor development and problem solving. The set is very sturdy and durable. I believe that Marbleworks would be a great purchase at any price because this is something that M will play with for years to come.
The toy is recommended for children ages 5+ but I don't think I would recommend it for children under the age of 7 or 8 without close supervision because of the choking hazard. The Marbleworks set takes time to put together and some help from an adult is needed, but once it is put together it provides hours of fun.
My only complaint would be that the storage container for theMarbleworks should be more durable, but overall I think that this is a must-have for parents with children over 7 years of age. I know that my children will be enjoying this toy for years to come.
Whitney tested the Go-Go Caterpillar and the Sound Like Fun CD, here are her thoughts.
The Go-Go Caterpillar was definitely a huge hit with both of my kids. The Caterpillar body has very vibrant colors that makes it look fun and holds a babies attention! My 2-1/2 year old daughter, "Miss Independent" loves it because she feels so accomplished when she pushes the middle of the caterpillar down into a flat position then lets it go and caterpillar goes racing off across the room. I think its an awesome toy for my 9 month old son also. He cannot yet push it down to make it go, but he recently started crawling so he grabs the caterpillar with one hand and uses it to crawl faster. It is so cute to see him and the caterpillar crawling across the floor. Together my kids have fun with the Go-Go Caterpillar because my daughter pushes it down and my son goes crawling after it. It is a great activity for them to do together, but I may have to purchase a second one so they will each have their own.
I think the Go-Go Caterpillar is very reasonably priced at $15.00. I would recommend this toy to anyone with active, imaginative babies.
We played the Sound Like Fun CD in Sydney's playroom, thinking it would be up-beat toddler music, but it was rather slow. The songs were cute and slow enough that the pronunciation of every word could be clearly heard but we thought it would make a better nap-time music CD. It seemed to have a calming effect which was not necessarily a bad thing. We think that Discovery Toy should re-market this toy as a calming music CD or a bedtime CD and it would be a hit.
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