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B. Zany Zoo Activity Cube Review

B. Zany Zoo Activity Cube ReviewScore 87%Score 87%

B. Zany Zoo Activity Cube Review

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I love toys that allow my children to play for hours.  I especially love toys that are educational and powered by their own imagination (not electronic).  The B. Zany Zoo Activity Cube checks off all three.

Features:

As the name suggests, the B. Zany Zoo Activity Cube is animal themed, with charming colors in an heirloom quality die cut wood.

Each side of the cube has something different for kids to discover, play and learn.  One side has peek-a-boo doors with hidden animal faces.  Another side has a colorful spinning alphabet with coordinating animals.  The third side features three zig-zag race paths.  The forth side has two spinning mix-and-match animal combinations.  Last but not least, the top of the activity cube contains a wooden bead roller coaster with moving animals.

There is just so much for the kids to do.

The measurements are 18” H x 14 W” x 14” L and is 17.25 pounds and the manufacturer’s recommended age is between 1-3 years.

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Thoughts:

This toy has seen a lot of use.  I received the Zany Zoo activity cube as a gift for my first son’s first birthday.  He is about to celebrate his third birthday next month.  My second son just turned one, and he has been actively interested in and playing with the activity cube for the past couple of months.   The best part is this is a toy that both my sons can enjoy together, at the same time.  You know, when they aren’t fighting for the same side.  Ahh siblings.

I have had this toy for almost two years, and it remains well loved by both of my children.

For younger children, it encourages fine motor skills by encouraging them to move the wooden balls around the roller coaster, and explore the various moving parts.  My older son’s interest in the toy has just now started to decline, but he still enjoys using the alphabet side to play with animals and letters.  He loves to proudly proclaim which animals begin with which letter and sound.

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One selling point for me is that there are no removable parts that can get lost.  This toy stands alone, and doesn’t leave me with any mess or having to find pieces that my child(ren) may have hidden or thrown to the side.

Despite having this activity cube for almost two years, and having two children actively playing with it, it still looks brand new.  None of the paint has chipped and everything works as it did when we first received it.  There is some evidence of wear, but it is minimal for the amount of use it has had.  Particularly since my kids are hard on their toys.

I appreciate that the top corners of the toy are sanded so there are no sharp corners.  That said, as with all most children’s toys, they would need to be supervised during play.

If your child is just learning to walk, and/or is still unsteady on their feet I would recommend taking some extra precautions so that they don’t accidentally fall onto the toy.  While we have not had any injuries, I have read some other reviews of children that have hurt themselves falling onto the toy.  The cube itself is sturdy but can tip over if your child is using the toy to pull themselves to a standing position.   I have read some parents saying their children’s little fingers got stuck in the toy.  Again, not something I have had experience with, but I wanted to point it out none the less.

This activity cube is an investment.  The best price I have seen is at Target for $59.99.  It similarly priced to similar quality wooden activity cubes, but there are cheaper activity cube options out there.  If your children are towards the older end of the recommended age, you may not get the best return on your investment, as they can grow out of this toy rather quickly.  On the other hand, if you can afford it, and your child is between 8-18 months old you can get a lot of mileage out of this toy.  Also a great Christmas or 1st Birthday Gift for any little boy or girl.

This is certainly not a toy that you will travel with.  It is large and heavy, and not easy to store away, particularly if you live in a small place, where storage can be an issue.  This toy has had a permanent spot on the living room floor since we received it.  But if space is a consideration, this may not be the toy for you.

I also appreciate that B. Toys, the manufacturer of the Zany Zoo Activity Cube are eco-friendly, utilizing minimalist packaging made out of recycled materials.  The Zany Zoo, as with all of the B. Toys are BPA-free, lead-free and phthalate-free.

If you are considering purchasing an activity cube for your child, this will not disappoint.

You can find the B. Zany Zoo Activity Cube Here.

I was not compensated for this review.  I am simply a mom who found a great toy that my children love and wanted to share this amazing find with others.

 

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B. Zany Zoo Activity Cube Review

87%

Summary This cheerfully designed activity cube encourages fun and learning with 5 different sensory and learning areas. Children will enjoy the various animals, shapes, paths, and spinners while they learn the alphabet, shapes, and colors. Children should be supervised during play and it takes up a large footprint. Recommended ages may be a little younger than suggested. While my children have never had any injuries, some parents have reported their little ones fingers getting stuck and hurting themselves when pulling to stand.

Price
70%
Ease of Use
100%
Longevity
80%
Quality
100%
Safety
75%
Fun Factor
100%

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