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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!
What It Is
Today's parents might remember a fun fashion accessory from the '90s called the Slap Bracelet. Well, these bracelets are back in a new way as Slaplets. Slaplets are silicone-covered metal bracelets that go on your wrist with a slap. Each Slaplet includes three colored Slaplinx, which are mini silicone bands, that kids can remove and trade with friends to decorate their Slaplet, rather than actually trading the complete bracelets. Slaplets are made of 100 percent hypoallergenic silicone and come in six colors: red, blue, white, black, purple, and pink. More colors will be available soon. Also available are 12-packs of Slaplinx, which retail for about $5.99.
Why It’s Fun
Kids today are into all sorts of collectible silicone bracelets, but what makes Slaplets different is the slap-on feature. Bottom line: it's fun to put on Slaplets! Kids will also like trading and personalizing their bracelets with the Slaplinx.
Who It’s For
Slaplets are for ages 4 and up.
What to Be Aware of
Slaplets will be available at Michael's craft stores starting in April.
There are some ground rules that need to be set with Slaplets. Don't slap yourself or others with excessive force. It was this kind of behavior that got the original Slap Bracelets banned from many elementary schools in the '90s. However, those were metal. The reason that these are more expensive is that the silicone covering will prevent injuries that were common with the original, inexpensive ones. Still, appropriate play is advised.