Does it Work Toy Testers #4: InnoTab 2 and art kits | News
MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS)- There are a lot of laughs inside the first grade classroom of Matthew Todd, but will it remain fun after weeks of testing? Here's what we found.
Let's start with our craft items. "Melissa and Doug" offer a new spin on a classic: tracing. The girls mixed and matched, coming up with all kinds of outfits with the $15 Fashion Plates set.
"I made dolls for my mama."
Its price and hours of fun make it a good gift you might not have thought about giving this season, but maybe will do so now with its top-earning grade 'A'.
The fun did run out at Melissa and Doug's Peel and Press Stained Glass. Kids matched the colors and numbers to make a fun plate for the window, but once that's done, you're done.
"Its price isn't bad, but it's a one-shot deal," said Mr. Todd. The $15 set earns a 'C.'
Meantime, we're still coming up for air after getting a whiff of Melissa and Doug's Scratch Art Studio.
"It was smelly."
"It literally permeated the whole classroom."
The black oil-based film on this set smells like petroleum and is probably made of it, too. Teacher Matthew Todd even put the finished art projects in plastic bags to keep the smell from taking over his classroom. We like the concept: scratch your designs here and then light them up on this set.
However, once you've used all the black paper, it's not necessarily easy to quickly buy more refills and we just can't get past that smell.
"I had to give it an F minus."
Now, the other talker, Ben, the popular dog app now comes to life .
Mr. Todd points out: kids enjoyed playing with this in small groups where they could share the laughs, not alone.
"$15 is a good price."
Ben the repeating dog barks to an 'A'
Finally, the newest tablet so many of you are wondering about: Innotab 2 from VTech. It turns out the added features, especially the camera, spelled out hours of fun.
"It had a lot of games."
"It had games, video and pictures."
"The most favorite was InnoTab."
A couple of things to keep in mind: Mr. Todd and I believe if you already own an adult tablet, like the iPad, your kids can do more with that than this one. If you don't, the $80 price tag is a great option. The learning games it comes loaded with are fun and educational.
"I gave it an 'A'. It's affordable. The kids like it. It has expandable memory."
Innotab 2 easily clinches the top spot with an A+ on this Does it Work toy test.
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