There’s nothing worse than plunking down your hard earned cash for a big box of
crud toys that your kid will only use to decorate his or her closet.
So how do you avoid buying the “wrong” toy for your kid? First, don’t let your child get conned by the advertising.
Ever notice how some ads show toys doing way more than they really can? There might be a little disclaimer at the bottom, but what kid is going to notice that? Or understand it? My current favorite misleading ad is for a new Harry Potter PS3 game where it has to explain “images are not real and only appear on your television screen” as spells whirl around a kid shown sitting with a book, not a console system.
But Black Friday, or should we say, Black Thursday, is around the corner. What’s a mom to do?
Before you strap on your elf hat and head to the toy store, check out a decent toy review or two. We found a few good ones–and they used actual children to test the toys.
The fine folks at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gathered up a herd of children from 1 to 12 and set them in a room full of the season’s “hottest” toys. They noted the kids reactions here. There’s also video clips of columnist Aisha Sultan trying out all the toys so you can see them in action.
Good Housekeeping put 135 toys to the test with kids from 3 to 13. There’s no video and they only published their favorites here.
ToyXplosion is a whole site of toy reviews run by mom blogger Julie Bonner and her husband Todd. They test and review toys with the help of their two kids. Check out their ToyXplosion 20 list of 2012 best toys. Julie also went on her local TV station to present their top 10 toys for Christmas–see the video here.