Kobold Toys, founded by moms Ana Eiras and Carmina Valdizan, is an exclusive toy store with a difference. Like many similar stores, the toys available are manufatured under the highest standard of safety and quality while ensuring that the products are conducive to a child’s emotional, physical and mental development. However, what makes Kobold Toys stand out from their competitors is the global flavour of toys. This is made possible because both founders travel around the world each year in search of the best available toys in today’s global market.
It was a priviledge for us to partner with Kobold Toys to review a few of their products which are targetted at children of different age groups. Our Parent Reviewers tried and tested the Green Science Windmill Generator and Design Girls Fashion Studio which are ideal for kids of age 7 to 11.
Here’s the feedback from our reviewers:
Green Science Windmill Generator
Pookie and The Boys – Overall I was thrilled with the quick assembly. I am not one for patience when working with directions and impatient little ones. The pieces fit together like they were supposed to without any extra effort. We were a little sad it took so much wind to make the fan blade turn, but even the slightest glimpse of the LED turning red brought a smile to my son’s face.
Freaky Frugalite – Overall, it was OK. The fan was stiff and didn’t spin with any kind of natural breeze– we had to turn on our box fan to get it to go. The LED did light up. It’s a great toy for showing your child how things work, and to introduce him to science and energy. It’s a great “side” project, but not a very good main project. I recommend this toy for children between the ages of 10 (with an adult) to 15.
Reviews By Heidi – This was definitely a fun project. When 2 non-science people give it TWO THUMBS UP, you know this company has succeeded! I would definitely recommend this Windmill Generator project and will be looking into more Green Science kits to make science fun and come to life!
Design Girls Fashion Studio
Momma Findings – Although this is recommended for ages 7 and up, my 5 year old daughter enjoyed playing with it and had no trouble cutting, gluing, and dressing up each doll. I was impressed that there was an abundance of fabric and accessories to choose from and it can all be kept in the handy vinyl carrying case. It helps out during clean up time, that’s for sure.
The Dirty Shirt – My daughter absolutely loved this product. She came up with so many different items, each one getting more and more glittery. The fact that it came with all the “fun fabrics” as she called them is a huge plus. And she even told me it was so much fun that she wanted to be a clothing designer when she grows up. So if she does I will know who to look back on and credit her success! I even jumped in and my doll a funky little outfit.
My Trendy Tykes – We had a blast making clothing for our dolls. It was so simple. All you do is trace your clothing design out using the special patterns. Then you decorate the article of clothing with various sequins and trims and attach it to your doll with magnets that are also included in the kit.
I must say that when we were done our dolls were definitely dressed to the nines!
Another group of our Parent Reviewers had the opportunity to review two different toys recommended for age 1-3. First, was the cute green Dancing Alligator and then, the brightly colored Magnetic Wooden Building Blocks. Check out their reviews:
Crunchy Green Lovin’ Mom – It is a sturdy rubberwood and wheels that are made to last, knowing that little ones will put their toys through years of torment. When you pull Mr. Alligator across the floor he lumps and bumps along, making a silly movement and a wonderful clacking sound that seems to have every little kid in the room following him as if he were alive.
Amanda – Dancing Alligator is just adorable! We received this fun pull toy and Sarah has had so much fun playing with it. She loves listening to the fun click-clack sound and of course finds it funny to chase her sister with it.
Mommy Brain Reports – My likes as a mommy are:
1. The bright colors and large size of the blocks make them fun and easy to play with.
2. The magnets are completely enclosed in the block, so there’s no hazard of them falling out, and being put in their mouth or swallowed.
3. The blocks aren’t heavy, so they’re easy for even the little ones to play with.
4. The magnets help make stacking a little bit easier!
Life From My Laptop – Well, regardless of HOW they work, the fact is that magnets are fun to play with no matter what your age. The Kobold Toys Magnetic blocks are just as fun. With their bright colors and shapes they can entertain your tot for hours. Stacking, linking, making trains or towers, they provide a great opportunity for hands on play for your child.