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Review For Techno Gears Marble Mania Voyager

Marble Run Voyager - Techno Gears Marble ManiaVoyager is a marble run and construction playset from Techno Gears Marble Mania series created by The Learning Journey International. Voyager includes sturdy and durable plastic pieces children can put together to construct a unique marble run with ramps, rails, curves, and chains.

The dynamic effects of the marble run comes from the dual hand cranks that when turned bring the marbles to motion through interconnecting gear wheels and pulley systems. Marbles are lifted to the top of the construction set using the pulley systems and then dropped into the tracks and move through different shapes and obstacles.

What we liked about the Voyager is that children get to construct the entire set themselves. More than 300 pieces of interlocking plates, gears, tracks and connectors are provided with pictures and easy-to-follow instructions.

Constructing the entire marble run may take an average of 4 hours for one person to complete. Although this might get a little tedious for an eight year old to compete on his own, parents may be able to turn this into a fun family project by helping out with the construction.

Marble-Run-VoyagerBuilding a marble run is a fun hands-on experience and an excellent way to get children involved in an exciting science experiment. Voyager is a great science toy for teaching principles of physics such as gravity, potential energy, and kinematics to children.

Voyager not only provides the benefits of playing with an educational toy but also promotes creativity and cooperative play as a construction playset.

 

Things We Liked about Techno Gears Marble Mania Voyager

  • Voyager is a marble run that needs to be fully constructed by children from ground up.
  • It is easy to set up following the provided instructions in the manual.
  • It teaches elements of science and principles of physics to children.
  • Pieces come in different colors making it an attractive playset for children.
  • Voyager provides children hours of fun marble-run play and construction building activity.
  • It can turn into a fun family project if parents decide to help out with construction.

 

 

 

Review for KaZAM Balance Bikes

Before KaZAM Balance Bike was Born

Do you remember the traditional way of learning to ride a bike? The child receives a brand new bicycle from the parents as a gift. Father puts the training wheels on the bike and the child rides the bike for weeks trying to learn how to pedal, balance and control the bike. Now, with the child claiming he or she can ride the bike without the training wheels, the father takes the training wheels off and takes the child out for a real bike ride challenge. The child sits on the bike and the father promises to hold on to the bike as the child learns how to keep the balance and use the pedal; this time with no training wheels. Father holds on to the seat and runs next to the bike and suddenly he lets go! After the father lets go of the bike, sometimes things go well and sometimes they don’t. With the innovative training balance bikes from KaZAM, this doesn’t have to be the case anymore.

Review for KaZAM Balance Bikes

Why do I need a KaZAM Balance Bike?

Are you are looking for an easy way to teach your kids how to ride a bike? KaZAM bikes are balanced bikes that train kids to ride a bike and take away the need for balancing wheels. KaZAM bikes are ideal for any three to six years old who has not started riding a bike yet.

What is the difference between a KaZAM Bike and a Regular Bicycle?

KaZAM bikes have no pedals. Kids learn how to balance themselves first before starting to learn how to use the pedals. Using these balance bikes, your kids learn first how to balance themselves, and then they are ready to transition to a regular bike. This concept of learning to ride a bike has been popular in Europe for many years.

How do I teach my child to ride a KaZAM Bike?

Riding a KaZAM Balance Bike is more like an independent experience with less parental supervision than a regular bike. KaZAM introduces four simple steps for learning how to ride a balance bike:

ONE | Place the bike on a smooth, flat surface.

TWO | Sit on the bike while your feet are on the ground. Slightly lean forward and tightly hold the front handle bars.

THREE | To start riding the bike, push continuously with your feet on the ground. Keep alternating the two feet.

FOUR | Right after the bike starts running, place both feet on the footrest and start to practice balancing.

This four step process on how to ride a KaZAM Bike is also shown in the video below.

What is the difference between KaZAM Bikes and other Balance Bikes in the market?

The difference between KaZAM and other balance bikes in the market is the missing footrest. To our knowledge, KaZAM is the only balance bike in the market with a patented footrest designed for perfect foot placement while learning to balance and ride. This way kids don’t have to drag their feet as they ride the bike.

General Specifications

With these revolutionary balance bikes, kids can learn how to ride a bike one step at a time. The bike is made of high-quality metal frame. Tires are air inflated with steel spoke wheels. KaZAM bikes are available in various colors including Green, Orange, Red, Pink and Blue.

KaZAM balance bikes are available in the “original” and the “brake” versions. In the “original version”, kids have to use their feet on the ground to bring the bike to stop. The “brake version” comes with a hand brake attached to the handle bar.

KaZAM bikes have won many awards and recognitions including the “20 Best Summer Toys” from Parents Magazine in June 2011 and the most recent Tillywig Top Fun Award Winner in 2013. The beautiful design and the high-quality metal frame combined with the innovative patented footrest make the KaZAM one of the best balance bikes in the market.

Pros

  • Kids are able to learn how to ride a bike by themselves and in their own pace.
  • Patented footrest allows for perfect balance while riding the bike.
  • Both handlebars and raised seat are adjustable.

Cons

  • The “original version” of the bike has no hand brake. Child has to use feet to stop the bike.

KaZAM on Shark Tank

Kazam Bikes have been on “Shark Tank” too. Mary Beth Lugo, the co-creator of KaZAM, has been on ABC’s “Shark Tank” – Season 4, episode 24 on May 10, 2013. Now partner with Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran, KaZAM Bikes are going to attract even more attention than before.

KaZAM balance bikes are available for purchase at Learn To Play Toys Outdoor Ride-on Toys Collection. 

 

Review for Wooden Building Blocks from CitiBlocs

Youth educators and child development specialists agree that building blocks should be the central part of play activities for children during the early childhood years. Building blocks are recognized to provide one of the most valuable learning experiences for young children known as creative play. Playing with building blocks motivate creative thinking in children as it enables them to plan ahead and use their imagination and problem solving skills to build things based on their own understanding.

Wooden Building Blocks from CitiBlocs Cool Color

200-Piece Cool Color CitiBlocs

Wooden Building Blocks from CitiBlocs Hot Color

200-Piece Hot Color CitiBlocs

CitiBlocs are High-Quality Wooden Building Blocks Designed to Encourage Creative Play in Children’s Activities

Learn To Play Toys offers a new line of creative toys from CitiBlocs, one of the well-recognized brands in the toy industry for providing high quality construction toys and creative play products. CitiBlocs are high quality wooden building blocks precisely cut from Grade “A” Radiata Pine Trees from certified renewable forests in New Zealand.

CitiBlocs consist of wood construction blocks that are of the same exact shape and size measuring approximately ¼ of an inch thick x 1 inch wide x 4 1/2 inches long. Although CitiBlocs are recommended for children above the age of three, there is no upper age limit for who can play with these creative toys. Everyone can participate. CitiBlocs provide parents and educators a great opportunity to take part in a meaningful play activity with children and students.

As you see in the video below, CitiBlocs are extremely easy to put together. They require no glue, no snaps or any other sort of connectors. Blocks are supported by their own weight. Students, kids and adults can use their creativity and sense of imagination to create anything from buildings, towers, and bridges to DNA models and complex geometric shapes. Players can either follow the pre-made sketches to start the construction or come up with their own construction plans. There are endless possibilities when it comes to playing with these building blocks. Each play can be different representing a fresh idea, a new design, and a creative strategy.

CitiBlocs are environmentally friendly toys. They are not chemically treated, are 100% made naturally from sustainable sources and are recognized as eco-friendly toy products for children. CitiBlocs are available in various quantities including 50, 100, 200 and 300-piece packages. They are also available in a number of colors including natural, cool, hot, CAMO and multi colors.

CitiBlocs make an ideal creative toy for home, schools, preschools, kindergartens and even colleges and universities. Children along with parents, teachers, principals and professors can all play with these construction blocks and have fun. CitiBlocs are suitable for both individual and group play activities. Kids can take on a challenge individually to create and build shapes and structures or can participate in cooperative building projects and work together to accomplish a constructive goal. This is a great way for kids to develop and enhance social and communication skills as they help each other every step of the way towards completion of the project.

The Bottom Line

CitiBlocs are great learning toys that encourage open-ended play opportunities for children. There are no limits to the number of ways one child can play with these creative toys. With CitiBlocs, children are able to direct the play themselves while enjoying hours of engaging and fun activities.

Pros

  • Requires no glue and no connectors
  • Encourages critical thinking and creative play
  • Encourages parent and teacher involvement in play activities
  • Made of non-toxic and natural wood
  • High quality cut with distinct shape and size

Cons

  • Blocks are available only in one size