Archives for May 2009

Toddlers Say ‘Whee!’ with Wheely Bugs

What’s it take to turn a bug really cute and into a unique riding toy? Why, some wheels, of course!

Wheels have been added to some well-known bug friends, like ladybugs and bees , to turn them into low-to-the-ground riding toys that move in every direction, just with the direction of a little boy or girl’s feet.

The bug’s body, or the seat of non-compressible foam, is padded with sponge for a comfortable ride and the tough covering resists stains and spills. The cover can easily be wiped clean. We also love that Wheely Bugs are entirely non-toxic and that the base is made from renewable plantation poplar.

The Feelers on the Wheely Bugs are made from stainless steel springs. Polyester rope inside resists pull out and supports the spring from being kinked.

Who would have thought that something so cute could help develop gross motor skills and balance? Way to go, bugs (and kids)! Perfect for use on smooth surfaces, these are some bugs you’ll love to have inside!

Rush Hour Makes Gridlock Fun!

Rush Hour is a deceptively simple strategy game you play all by yourself.

It’s just you and all those cars and trucks you have to move out of your way!

BEEP BEEP!

Everybody at The Learning Tree LOVES this game, especially this author. I’m not ashamed to say it…I’m hooked on Rush Hour.

This game has a  huge variety of puzzles – and most importantly – puzzle difficulty levels. If you’re new at it, there are beginner puzzles. Once you get the hang of it, you can move up to intermediate, advanced and then the super tricky challenge level…EXPERT.

That makes Rush Hour great for all ages. 8 years and up is the game makers recommendation. If you have a precocious 7 year-old, they’ll be sure to love it too.

They also make a Rush Hour Jr. for ages 6 to 8 so be sure to check it out also.

Rush Hour includes:

  • a traffic grid game board
  • 15 plastic cars and trucks
  • 1 red escape car
  • a set of 40 mind challenge cards offering 4 skill levels from Beginner to Expert
  • Game-Go Storage bag

All you do is choose a card from the deck, set up the traffic board to match the illustration on the card, and start sliding your cars along the grid to get your red car out of the mess!

Rush Hour even comes with a storage bag, you can throw in a backpack or suitcase to play Rush Hour in the car, at grandma’s, the park –  or mom and dad can take it to the coffee house to play over a cup o’ joe.

Rush Hour was voted one of the Top 25 Toys of the Past 25 years and we’re not surprised. It’s hours and hours of mind-expanding fun.

AND, it’s The Learning Tree Toy of The Week!