Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Original Roller Coaster by Anatex

You can find bead roller coasters in most doctor's offices, waiting rooms, and other places children gather. This is because these colossal mazes of wood, beads, and wire keep little hands and minds busy for hours. This toy is beautifully crafted with a 12-by-15-inch solid wood base, thick sturdy wire, and wood beads that move easily through the loops and turns of the wire. Strengths: Anatex makes extremely sturdy and long lasting wooden toys. I have had mine for about 12 years and it has been bumped over, sat upon, and dragged across the floor by the wires, and is still going strong. It really can entertain children for a long period of time and it's easy to turn it into a more social toy, where the child must interact with you in order to get it to work. Weaknesses: Sometimes the wires can get pushed out of shape, but the are easy to reshape, so it's not a big deal. The biggest drawback of the toy is that if you choose to use it with younger children who are not yet sturdy on their feet it can tip over easily if they lean on it. Price: $50-$56 (but it's well worth the price in terms of the overall durability and longevity of the toy. Where to Buy: Anatex bead roller coasters can be found in a wide range of toy retailers. Places like Toys R Us, specialty toy shops, and online to sellers all seem to carry one version or another of this type of toy.

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