We love B. Toys around this house. We’ve had the Critter Clinic (old style of it) for almost 4 years, Meowsic (old style) for 2 1/2, Parum-pum-pom, the HelloPhone and the FunKeys. Oh, and PopArty. Actually, come to think if it, I’m fairly certain we have Whee-ls. See what I mean? We LOVE them. Bright, vibrant colors that don’t chip or fade, and super durable materials for construction. All B. Toys are lead and phalate free. That means they are safe for our little ones even if they end up in their mouths!
The toys are all appealing to kids of many ages, but are also appropriate for the ages specifed for the toy. Whee-ls, for example, have a softer body construction because they are made for littler children. (A note, B. Toys were also known as Battat toys and when I say old style, that’s what I’m referring to).
The new B. Toys we’ve had to play with are the Alphaberry (or as we call it, Baby’s First Blackberry). A fun shape, and a neat way to reinforce and learn ABC’s for 18 month-5 year olds. Spin the colorful wheel on the side and change the display screen color. Even on loud this is not a LOUD toy. Lots of fun!
- Push any button. A letter
appears & is read aloud.
- 3 screen colors
- 4 musical styles of the
- Cozy in little hands
- Auto-off and volume control
(It can use its inside voice, too)
My kids are big big big into music- the older two sing in the Jr. Choir at church, and we have dance parties almost daily in the kitchen and living room. When B. Toys sent the Okideoke, they went nuts. FINALLY they can have a microphone and have their voices heard!! (I say that from their point of view, because I promise you, they are not quiet children. They’ve been heard all along). What’s not fun to a kid about having a microphone to hear themselves sound all sorts of famous?
- Amplify your voice
- 8 pre-recorded tunes
- Record a message or a song
- Control the tempo
We needed a new doctor kit. Our old one literally disappeared, perhaps disintegrated from overplay? I’m not sure. But the new Dr. Doctor kit is awesome. I love that the doctor kit itself is large enough to add extra doctor-type items into- something our old one definitely did not.
- Stethoscope with heartbeat sound
- Beeper with light & sound (this does NOT come with the batteries so you have to get them yourself)
- Otoscope & mirror
- Blood pressure cuff
- Syringe & scissors
- Thermometer & tweezers
One thing besides the design (NEUTRAL!! and FUN!!) of the B. Toys that really makes them stand out to me from other toys is their consciousness of the world around us. Their packaging is an excellent example of just how much they think about their impact on this earth. The new B. Toys boxes actually double as wrapping paper-a few quick things to do and you have an already wrapped gift – and haven’t wasted a single piece of paper in doing so. The box wraps are not hard to do: (instructions can be found here)
B. Toys that do use batteries have different volume settings. Parents, if you are like me, this is REALLY important. There are some brands of toys that, while fun, are SUPER LOUD and give me an instant headache. Thank you, smart people of B. Toys, for thinking of the ears of the adults in the house….the car….the store…
I would like to take a moment to give thanks to B. Toys for including (most of) the necessary batteries in the packaging. Nice attention to detail, yet again! Kids don’t have to wait for someone to locate enough batteries that are 1. not dead and 2. in the right size and 3. in the right quantity!!
You can find B. Toys at Target stores, Barnes & Noble and specialty retailers nationwide and many places online. Just visit B.Toys.com to find a retailer near you! You’ll be helping to give back, too, when you purchase B. Toys. For every toy purchased, 10 cents goes to Free the Children.
I received samples of this product to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed within are my own.