Wednesday, November 3, 2010

image Baufix

Since the birthday just came very recently, we play a lot with toys. Since Christmas is coming soon, I decided to write “We Play” posts about toys and to share my opinions about what to buy and what not to buy.

Good Toy: Baufix Starter Set was our choice for German grandparents’ present last Christmas. They usually ask us what to give her and for obvious reasons love to give her quality German toys. My biggest peeve about this set is the suggested age. It’s marked as 3-6, and this is completely Nov1_Baufix wrong. The set is great, but there is no way even the most dexterous 3 year old will be able to put anything together on his or her own. I would say the age of serious enjoyment would be 6+. So the set went to storage last January, and we pulled it shortly before Anna’s birthday to see how she likes it now. As I said, it’s still too early for her to build with this set on her own, but she understands what needs to be done a lot better. Instruction booklet is written very well. She can follow it to select the pieces she needs for each step of construction, and she can give her fingers a good workout trying to screw the parts together. This is somewhere where adult’s help is still very much needed – first, because the pieces will come apart if they are not tightened, and, second, because sometimes you need to use one hand for holding pieces together and another hand for screwing. She simply cannot do that yet.

Oct19_GlobeBad Toy: I reviewed this V-Tech globe in this post.  It’s a good example of the toy that tries to do many things at once and ends up doing nothing well. Of course, Anna was very fascinated with this globe for the first week or so. Now it’s collecting dust and takes space in our kitchen/playroom. I hope that we can either give it to her school or maybe do a toy rotation with friends before we give it away for good.

What are current toy favorites in your house (I mean store-bought toys?).

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10 comments:

Christy said...

I figured the globe would not hold her interest for very long. R keeps asking for one of those Fur Real puppies that walks on a leash - I know it would be exciting for a few days and then never get played with again. It's $50 too!!!

The things played with most often in our house are blocks and dress up clothes.

Joyful Learner said...

What?! $50? JC got a FUR real puppy and it looked so cheap. Had no idea they were so expensive!

The girl who painted trees said...

I'm looking forward to reading more of your toy recommendations. I know they are trustworthy ones. I hate spending money and then being disappointed in what I've purchased. I appreciate reviews I can believe. I considered buying that globe and now I'm glad I didn't.

My Boaz's Ruth said...

We got the globe at a consignment store earlier this year and it has been played with enough for the amount we spent. (though it still takes up too much space)

I'll give it some time and we'll see. Whenever it is out, it gets played with a LOT (though I don't think my son understands what he is doing). we put it up a lot though because it is almost too much a draw...

Favorite toys currently: His "Caillou" puzzle (the Beleduc Boy body puzzle), having tea parties, and the fire engine from the Imaginext fire house

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Zoobs continue to be a favorite here. They can be built into so many different things.

They are too brittle for my liking - but the company replaces broken pieces - so it's not a loss.

We are also very fond of the Leapter hand held games, and cartridges. But, the Wii reigns supreme.

MaryAnne said...

My kids are really into the tiny legos lately, but they don't know how to build with them yet. I need to work with them on that. Otherwise, the basics are most popular - play dough, the doll house (especially the baby in the dollhouse), blocks, crayons, and dolls and stuffed animals. I wonder how much of their choice of these toys is that they are all toys that lend themselves well to play that spans a wider age range?

Debbie said...

I was thinking of first getting Selena something like lincoln logs. I think she would handle those nicely.

As far as right now we've out grown so many of our toys, and truly waiting for a birthday and Christmas to roll around. She still loves all her dice games though that I have introduced to her. The Wii is another huge favorite.

Ticia said...

Imaginext toys. My boys are drooling over all of the different types of them right now and are eagerly trying to hint at their needs.....

Autumn said...

My boys have been playing with the same toys for about a year now: Legos, Matchbox cars, blocks, and wooden train tracks. Occasionally they'll be interested in TinkerToys, but that's still a bit above their level. I'm thinking of getting rid of everything else!

I understand your frustration with recommended ages. Tommy received a "Make-It-Yourself" clock for his birthday that was recommended for ages 4-8. Mark was *barely* able to put it together. When he was done, he joked, "If it weren't for my math degree, I wouldn't have been able to do that!" I also have a pet peeve with poorly-made toys. He also got an RC car that doesn't work properly and it frustrates him to no end.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

We have the Baufix set here too. You are so right, the age is totally wrong! Joe gets so frustrated with it and he really tries. He and Hanna usually do it together and she helps him, but it is not a favorite around here.

That's too bad about the globe. I'd looked at it often, but will not be considering it at all after your reveiws of it.

Here the faves by far are Imaginext, Little People, Papo Knights/Dragons and American Girl. Of course, Legos are enjoyed by all, even Jesse with the duplos as of late.