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TimetoPlayMag.com Ratings and Reviews
At TimetoPlayMag.com, we want to engage, inform and entertain our readers to give them the benefit of our knowledge, experience and the breadth of products we cover. We look at more than 10,000 new toys and children’s products every year, and our primary purpose is to help you make the best choices for the kids in your life.
Our goal is to give you the real story on what you’ll find when you bring a toy home. And we know that every kid and every family is different. That’s why we always say: “The hot toy is only hot if it’s hot for your child.”
Our editorial team has more than 100 years combined experience working in the toy industry. Our rating system ranks toys on 4 key criteria:
- Fun — Does it engage the child? Does it inspire imaginative play? Does it contribute to creative expression? Is it entertaining?
- Repeat Play OR Collectibility — Some toys are played with, some are collected. If we feel a toy is better suited for collectibility, we’ll rank it based on Collectibility instead of Repeat Play.
- Repeat Play — Will kids come back to it over time? Does the toy allow diverse imaginative play experiences? Does it provide longer-term play value?
- Collectibility — Some toys may have limited traditional play, but kids will treasure them as collectibles.
- Assembly/Instructions — Is the toy easy to assemble? Are the instructions clear?
Over the years we’ve learned a lot about what makes great toys and exciting play experiences. We want to help you create the best experiences for your kids and your family.
Ultimately, you’re the best judge of what you want to bring into your home — and what’s best for your kids. And because you’re an important part of the Time to Play family, we invite you to let us know if you ever find an error or have any ideas how we can better help you. After all, we exist for one reason: to help you have more fun!
Who would have thought bugs could be so cool? Innovation First's line of micro-robotic Hexbug creatures features colorful robotic "bugs" that use the physics of vibration and a small, but powerful motor to move around. A Hexbug can feel its way around, sensing objects in its path and avoiding them using its bump sensor feelers. Kids can control where the "bug" goes and make it change direction with the clap of a hand or by making a loud noise. There's a lot of technology here, but Hexbugs are easy to use and fun to play with or carry around-they fit in the palm of your hand! This is an ideal toy for kids who love small things, technology and bugs. It's really the best of all worlds!
The Hexbug Nano is the newest addition and it comes with a cool feature-the Hexbug Nano can flip to its feet and zoom forward when turned on its back! There are a variety of products within the Hexbug Nano family. The Hexbug Nano Starter Set is perfect for a first-time Hexbug Nano owner. The set contains one rare mutation Hexbug Nano, two easy connect curved pieces, and one easy connect hexagon piece, so that kids can create a habitat for their Hexbug Nano. The Starter Set retails for about $14.99.
Hexbug Nanos are also available individually for about $9.99. Not only do they come in a variety of colors and graphics, but they also come packaged in a cool test tube-like container.
For even more Hexbug play, each Nano product is assigned a unique serial number and point value system so that kids can register their Nano collection online, hunt for rare creatures with the highest point values, play games, earn points, and learn about real scientists and their discoveries. This online world is a great starting point for introducing kids to science in a fun and entertaining way.