The Playskool institute was founded in 1928 by Lucille King who was a school teacher from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lucille originally made wooden toys that were used for her students as teaching aids before her company became the Hasbro branch we know it as today. The longevity of this company gives me reassurance as a mother knowing this is a familiar brand that’s been around for nearly 100 years.
Fine Motor Skill Encouragement: With colorful lids above every adorable animal, your child will be encouraged to twist, push, pull, and slide levers to be pleasantly surprised by one of the five furry friends awaiting to pop out and say hello. While simply having fun, your baby’s motor skills are being fine-tuned by cause and effect play time.
Trustworthy: Playskool is a brand that I can place my trust in as a mother who has also played with toys made by this company as a child, and with their Poppin’ Pals Activity Toy, you can also trust that not only will your child be enjoying themselves while in play time, but they will also be learning from a trustworthy company that holds your little one’s best interest at heart.
Durable: As mothers, we are no stranger to the occasional tantrum, having that toy fly across the room wondering if it’ll make it after that crash landing. With Playskool’s Poppin’ Pals you wont have to worry much. This toy is sturdy due to its 1.9lb weight and the quality materials hand chosen for this toy make it’s durability unmatched.
Price: The price of the Playskool Poppin’ Pals Activity Toy is $22.99 on Amazon.com which is a little high for my taste.
No Music: Considering that most of my daughter’s toys make a celebratory noise or song after she successfully completes a task, I was surprised to learn that no music played after each animal would pop up; especially considering the asking price.
Short-Term Use: I can see this toy really being for smaller children, such as babies from 9mos-1 year because due to it’s lack of stimulation i.e. lights and sounds, a toddler-aged child become bored very quickly without any bells or whistles to the toy.
I rate this toy a 3 out 5 stars because although it is an educational toy, the lack of sound, music, and lights may not stimulate the brain of an older child.