Playskool has a couple great lines of learning toys for babies and toddlers – Busy Basics and Explore ‘N Grow. When I was offered the opportunity to review Playskool’s Explore ‘N Grow Busy Ball Popper, I was excited. I knew it would be the perfect toy for Emma. And I was right! Check out our thoughts…
Retail Price: $24.99
What it Does: “Get silly with poppin’, droppin’ colored balls! Pump the plunger and drop the balls onto the spiral track. When they reach the bottom, look out – the balls pop out the top! Giggles are guaranteed with 8 lively songs to help keep the fun rolling along. And later, when baby’s a bit older, there’s even more fun to be had by chasing after the bright, busy balls!”
Learning Opportunity: Encourages toddler interaction by popping balls out of the chute. A definite learning opportunity! Children will wonder how it works and enjoy placing the balls at the top of the chute and watching them roll down the tube. Too much fun and lots going on!
A Mom’s Thoughts:
This toy is WAAAY too much fun! It’s one of my favorites of Emma’s toys because it’s unpredictable and I love watching her expression as she plays with it. She was a little bit scared at first (it’s fairly loud, a little quieter than a vacuum probably), but gradually became less afraid because it was just too fascinating to stay away from. She absolutely loves putting the balls down the chute and chasing after the balls when they pop out the top. There are five balls and every time you push the little happy head/button down, while the balls come popping out, a different tune plays. Sometimes the balls go back down the chute only to pop out the top again, and sometimes they pop out all over the place so that you have to go running for them. You’d think it would be annoying, but it’s not at all! It would be totally boring if it was so perfect and predictable that the balls only went in circles. I think that this toy is well-designed and will hold interest well.
What I don’t like:
This is a pretty loud toy. But it’s so much fun, no one cares. :-)
Emma and I give the Busy Ball Popper two little thumbs up and two big thumbs up! We love it and recommend it!
The Playskool Busy Ball Popper retails for $24.99 and is available at most stores like Target, Walmart, and Toys R Us.