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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!
Paleontologists continue to find fossils of animals from prehistoric times. Now kids can dig and discover in the same way with Excavation Kits from Geoworld. Developed under the supervision of paleontologist Stefano Piccini, each Excavation Kit introduces kids to the world of paleontology and a world before their time.
Ice Age Excavation kits feature detailed replicas of a cave bear, sabre tooth tiger, and mammoth. Dino Excavation Kits feature a variety of dinosaur replicas, such as T-rex, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus. But before kids can see the replica animal skeletons, they must unearth the fossils. Using the included hammer and chisel, kids must "dig" for the fossils hidden in the included gypsum block. Once the fossils are discovered, kids then must put the fossils together to form the animal. (Instructions are given as to how the animals should be assembled.) After assembly, kids have their very own miniature skeleton replica.
The packaging of each kit also includes interesting facts about the animal, so kids will learn about the "fossil" they just uncovered. The Excavation Kits are a fun, hands-on way for kids to roleplay being a paleontologist. These toys are engaging and creative, and they appeal to kids' interest in dinosaurs and the prehistoric. Pay attention to the age grading, however, as older kids will not likely be as engaged in the all-in-one experience as kids who will really feel that they are unearthing something special.