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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!
Is it real wood? No, it's Real Construction! Jakks Pacific's new Real Construction line is an innovative new product that reinvents construction play by using Kid Wood, a durable foam material that looks, saws, nails, and builds just like real wood. Real Construction Kid Wood allows kids to build whatever they can imagine, but is very safe and easy to use with little cleanup required. What's remarkable about this product is how realistic it feels to little kids. They have the satisfaction of feeling like they're really sawing or nailing as they work with the materials, yet it's not frustrating for them. Mistakes are easily corrected, and kids will get the reward of feeling like they've really done this themselves.
Real Construction playsets come with cool, safe, easy-to-use tools that work just like real tools to help kids develop and learn practical construction skill sets, craftsmanship, creativity, and pride of accomplishment. Designed for kids 5 and up, Real Construction allows kids to build whatever they want.
The Real Construction Deluxe Tool Set includes a whole tool set—a saw, hammer, screwdriver, hole borer, small detail saw, nails and screws, multiple pieces of Kid Wood material, and an instructional project book featuring two projects. There are more than 120 pieces in this set to get kids started building, and it's only $24.99.
Additional sets in the line include the Starter Tool Set ($9.99) that includes a small hammer, saw, nails, Kid Wood material, and an instructional project book featuring six different projects. The Tool Belt Set ($14.99) includes a belt to carry all the tools. The Fasteners Pack ($9.99) comes with screws, nails, and hinges. Kid Wood refill packs are also available for $5.99 each.