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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.
Color Mix-A-Roo is an impressive game that teaches players about primary and secondary colors. A cleverly constructed palette permits color mixing without a mess. Colors come pre-printed on the palette, which has a center dial similar to that of a rotary phone. Players dial in combinations of two, three, or four colors to make their desired shades.
In addition to mixing primary colors, players learn about tinting—combining white with a color to make it lighter. This allows for the creation of pink, lavender, beige, and other light colors.
Players flip cards to find out which secondary or tinted colors they need to create. Each card contains a color and a number. The number indicates how many colors the player can mix together to make the shade shown on the card. If players select a card with a green object on it and the number two, they know they can make the color green by mixing two colors. If they dial yellow and blue on the palette, the same green that appears on the card will appear behind the palette's revealer door.
When players are done dialing their colors, they open the revealer door to see if their combination is correct. If it is, they keep the card that has the color they made. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins. A color mixing help sheet is included for kids to reference until they become more familiar with the science of creating secondary colors. The game is for two to four players.