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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!
Get ready for a new way to play with color thanks to Crayola and Wild Planet who have teamed up for a new line of Crayola-themed games. The new games focus on recreating images and matching and mixing colors, all without the use and mess of traditional art supplies.
Doodle Match is a memory game in which players practice matching colors and objects. The game involves artistic set-up as players color images outlined on 12 specially coated cardboard tiles. Once the tiles are colored, they are shuffled and laid face down on the floor or table.
The game has dual spinners: one points to a color and one points to an image. Players turn over a single tile, hoping to find the color or image on which the spinners landed. If there's a match, they keep the tile. If there's not, the tile is turned back over and the memory portion of the game begins. Once all the tiles have been collected, the game is over and the player with the most tiles wins. Tiles can be wiped clean with a tissue or paper towel. The game is for two to four players.
Doodle Match brings a new challenge to memory exercises because the colors of the images change from game to game—the car that was red and blue in one game might be green and yellow in the next. It all depends on how the child colors the tiles from one game to the next.