Review (Gifted)¦ At the start of the summer, we were kindly sent some toys from Brainstorm Toys to put to the test. We were sent an Amazing Balancing Unicorn and a Zoetrope. Both of these would be great stocking fillers for girls or boys for Christmas! It doesn’t take a genius to notice that modern kids are surrounded by even more screens and technology than I was as a 90’s kid. No wonder they can be so addicted to them. It’s important for their development for them to use their imagination and play with toys. I particularly love toys that make them think. Both the Amazing Balancing Unicorn and Zoetrope definitely fulfil that!
Amazing Balancing Unicorn
Of course, Autumn immediately loved this because it’s a unicorn. I haven’t met a 6 year old girl yet who doesn’t adore unicorns! This toy helps to develop kids’ STEM skills by seemingly defying gravity!
It takes only a little concentration to balance it on your finger. However, the result is impressive as it looks like you’re doing a clever magic trick! The fun continues as you experiment with what else you can balance it on. The end of a pen? A window ledge? The edge of a cup?
The Zoetrope is a childhood classic that has been inspiring creativity and sparking curiosity in children since the 1800s.
The Zoetrope is the best known of several animation toys which were invented in the 19th century, a time when people first discovered ways to make still pictures move. The Zoetrope first appeared in England in 1834, France in 1860 and the United States in 1867. Named by its French inventor, Pierre Desvignes, this amazing toy is still a classic today.Brainstorm Ltd
It comes with 18 animations to watch and 6 strips to draw your own animations! Just spin the Zoetrope and watch the pictures come to life. It also comes with a code for online content about the fascinating history and science behind the Zoetrope and find out how the principles behind it still influence film making today.
Both the Zoetrope and Amazing Balancing Unicorn retail for around £6.99 online and at all good toy stores.
Disclosure: We were sent the aforementioned products for the purpose of this review. As always, all views and opinions are honest and my own.