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“Based in sunny SoCal, we are a team of experts who pour our passion for inspiring kids into playful products packed with serious educational value. For the past 50 years, we’ve made it our mission to bring you kid-powered play through innovative toys, games, and educational tools”
This puzzle game is unlike any I have ever worked on before. I mean that in a great way! It is recommended for ages 8-15 so I was kind of skeptical if it would be challenging enough for my husband and I, but let me tell you, it sure is! Our children are to young to play, so for right now my husband and I keep it all to ourself. We play this for so long on the weekends, it is addicting. It really does work your brain. It comes with 7 pieces and the game has 200+ brain busting puzzles for you to solve with just those pieces. You are solving the 2-D and 3-D puzzles by rearranging the game pieces. This game is very challenging and really gets your brain working. My hubby and I love being competitive with one another, but I’ll admit he wins at this one!
Nancy B’s Science Club Moonscope and Sky Gazer’s Activity Journal:
My daughter wanted a telescope very badly. She is crazy about the moon and stars! When I came across this Moonscope I knew my daughter had to have it but I was a little nervous since the age recommendation is 8-11 years and my daughter is only 3, but when it arrived it was extremely simple for me to put together and surprisingly very easy for my daughter to use. She loves how girly and pretty it is and she was very pleased with how easily she could move it around on her own and view the moon and stars. The only thing I had to help her with was the focusing, other then that I think this is great for younger kids also! I think the thing she is a little to young for at this very moment is the Activity Journal. The Activity Journal is great as well because it lists interesting facts and your child can track, write and draw in it as well as do some activities. The Moonscope also has a convenient little LED light attached to it so your child can see to write in their Activity Journal. I will be saving this for her because I know we will have this great educational telescope for a very long time. It is made very, very well. It is sturdy and very easy to fold up and put away when not in use. I love this adorable telescope as much as my kid does. I think it is a great toy for children and very affordable!
My daughter is only 3 years old and is already interested in the solar system and so I knew she would adore this educational toy. This was very simple to put together. She loves it and doesn’t mind to much but the motor is a little noisy. Tolerable, but noisy. I recommend purchasing the AC adaptor with this. As much as it engages children and they want to play with it for so long, it runs through batteries quickly. It also has a Stardome that coverts the unit into a planetarium which I think is awesome, although my daughter does not really understand it yet. I think its a great feature for when she gets a little older and cares to learn about the stars more. It does have small parts, so you must keep an eye on any younger children but I would recommend this for children under 8 as well, just because it is very educational and fun for younger kids to learn on as well.
My 3 year old daughter loves this very much. I am going to hang it up inside of her bookshelf for her. I had a little trouble identifying the planets while setting it up. Luckily the planets have the symbols on the bottom and I matched them up by using the booklet for help. My daughter knows the names to all of her planets and so she really enjoys looking at it. My only real complaint is that it does not glow as well I was hoping, especially the sun. I charged it up with a bright flashlight and the sun only seems to glow for a brief moment. My daughter does not seem to mind at all. The planets are all very tiny, but I am not complaining about that because I like that it is very compact and looks great in a child’s room. My daughter thinks it is fantastic, and if she does, so do I 🙂