Melissa’s Anti-Gift Guide 2007 Edition (Worst Kid’s Toys)
Remember last year when I shared the purchasing mistakes I’d made in the past in an effort to spare you the same fate?
55 of you had a toy to share so in the name of group think, I thought we’d have another round of The Anti-Gift Guide this year. Let’s all avoid the annoying toys, together.
I came across this via my friend Maggie Mason’s flickr photo of it, her title sums up why the Bratz BeBratz.com Webcam has made it onto my list. ‘Pedophiles Rejoice!’ indeed. Just think your 6-9 year old can be up on Myspace talking to predators in no time.
In last year’s guide I talked quite a bit about GoGo My Blind Sort Of Realistic If You Squint Walking Pup. Go Go was a disappointment because he was a robotic dog who didn’t do much but roll around in circles whining and barking every once in a while. This year Fur Real Friend is shoving Squawkers McCaw down our kid’s throats via advertising which makes him look like incredible amounts of fun. I predict you’ll be lucky if Squawkers McCaw is ‘fun’ for your kids even two hours after opening him. On the bright side, at least he’s not Butterscotch the enormous horse who pretends to eat plastic vegetables. Wow how very fun!
Next up, Hasbro’s Rose Petal Cottage, where your little girl can be surrounded by all the important things “Mommies” need: a stove, a washer and dryer, and a changing table. Alice expressed her outrage at this stupid toy far better than I could at Wonderland. “While her “muffins” are “baking” and she’s staring out the window pondering the soul-sucking monotony that is her daily existence, she can soothe her invisible fake-baby, just as she’s always dreamed! “I can wash the baby’s clothes!”
When I bought a Tooth Tunes toothbrush for my son it was because he’d had strep throat and needed a new toothbrush after the first 24 hours of his antibiotics were taken. I’ve never seen a child so anxious to brush his teeth in my entire life, as we waited for the 24 hour mark to pass he asked me at least 30 times if he could brush his teeth now. With a Tooth Tunes toothbrush you brush while the music (which can only be heard when pressed against your teeth) makes the task more enjoyable. The music also serves as a timer letting you know when that two minute mark has passed and your child can stop brushing. Perhaps my son is not coordinated enough but we’ve found the music distracts him and causes him to sit with the toothbrush in his mouth without really brushing, which the American Academy Of Dentists generally frowns on. He has also found the varying amounts of pressure he uses when brushing causes the music to be louder and then softer making the song difficult to listen to. Generally not worth the money, you’d be better off to set up a clock radio to play for two minutes while your kid’s brush their teeth.
What have been your worst toy buys in the last year?
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