Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tadoodles Pop & See by Crayola Beginnings Baby

According to the manufacturer these 5 Snap together pop beads feature a variety of different sounds and actions to engage toddlers in an activity that promotes spatial awareness and problem solving. The Tadoodle come in bright colours and patterns and supposedly will light up and play different music when they are snapped together. Strengths: They are cute and the colours are very attractive to young children. They are also a good size for toddlers to physically manipulate and if a child decides to mouth the toy it is large enough not to pose a choking hazzard.. Weaknesses: This is one of the most frustrating toys I have ever purchased for my work with children. The Tadoodles are marketed for children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years, but most of my children in that age group are more interested in mouthing them than actually playing with them. The pieces are difficult to snap together and it requires quite a bit of pressure to pull them apart. Also, each Tadoodle is supposed to have a certain cause-effect reaction when connected to the other beads. The effect is so brief that most children don't even notice that something has happened. I'm really disappointed in this toy because it sounds like such a great concept but it really failed in execution. Price: $7 - $12. Where to Buy: You can find these in stores like WalMart, Target, and Toys R Us, as well as online retailers like Amazon.

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