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Fun for her, work for me.,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Playskool Poppin Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper Toy (Toy)
For a child, this toy is alright. It is colorful, has a cute design, and plays music. But I've seen other ball poppin' toys, and in comparison, this one is a pain.
The main problem is the balls do not pop into the ear, which is supposed to catch the balls, then return them to the poppin' part. So the result is, I spend a lot of time chasing the balls around the room and returning them to the toy. The end of the trunk rotates so you can control which way the balls pop out, but even when it is positioned towards the ear, the air flow is variable (intentionally) and the balls still end up rolling on the floor. The intention of this feature is to encourage your child to move, and chase after the ball. But really, what 1-3 year old will do this? Maybe one or two times, but then it becomes like cleaning up. And no child thinks about cleaning up their messes! This toy just makes a mess that I have to clean up, with balls rolling in all directions around the room.
My other main complaint about this toy is the noise. Yes, to have the air flow be powerful enough to spout balls out it has to make some noise, but it is so loud that my child wouldn't even come in the room with it on for the first two weeks! And the music is not catchy. Most playskool toys have really catchy tunes, that I'll be humming through the day. This one has "10" (I can't make out ten distinctive tunes) which are just alright.
And third, the air flow is bad. It is either too much or too little, and the balls end up just hovering at the top of the trunk, so I'll have to grab it, and push the other balls in to get the flow going again, because once it stops, my child usually just walks away. I tried new batteries, but it's the same. A good toy wouldn't require so much interaction from me.
Overall, I give this toy two thumbs down. The concept is there, but it was not developed properly. I am highly suspicious that this toy was created by people without children, who don't understand that kids will get bored if it doesn't work, and they don't like cleaning up!