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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.
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What It Is
Squirmles are chenille worm-like creatures that you can make crawl over your hands and do all kinds of tricks. Each Squirmle comes with instructions on how to do different tricks. The "magic" is from a pre-attached invisible leash that gives the illusion that the Squirmle is moving on its own, when really you're controlling the leash. Squirmles come in six different colors and include a re-sealable capsule that kids can use as a storage case.
Why It’s Fun
Parents and grandparents may remember these classic toys from the 1970s, but now Squirmles are being introduced to a new generation of kids. There is a bit of a learning curve involved, so it will take some practice to be able to make the Squirmles do more advanced tricks.
Who It’s For
Squirmles are for ages 3 and up, but it's really more for older kids who will have the dexterity necessary to do tricks with the Squirmles.
What to Be Aware of
There is a bit of a learning curve to get this working, but the directions are pretty clear. It does take practice, so older kids are going to have a little more facility with this than younger kids.