Reviews Animal Scramble
Made by Wild Planet; Retails approx. $29.95, Recommended for 1
to 6 children ages 3 and up.
Welcome to Hyper
Dash for the preschool crowd.
is one of this year's Hot
Dozen Toys for the season, and rightfully so. Briefly, it
is an electronic game that features a hand-held tagger shaped
like a giraffe and four friendly animal targets. Kids listens
to the giraffe call out a clue, and then they run to the correct
animal goals, sit the giraffe on its head, and listen for the
next clue. The clues are things like "who says Roar?"
... "M is for
" ...or "who is brown?"
When the giraffe
is placed over the correct animal, the circuit is complete and
the players advance. In team mode, kids pass the giraffe to other
players as they work cooperatively, passing the tagger and taking
turns. There are five different levels of play and 4 different
The tagger uses radio frequency identification (RFID) to recognize
the different animal goals, so they can be set up side-by-side,
or spread out. There's no limit to the distance between targets.
Farther distance between targets results in more running and exercise.
pretty quick and easy to learn. The kids get out there, running,
giggling, jumping, and just having a great time. We were not surprised
given that its predecessor Hyper Dash was such a big hit with
the older kids.
You can play indoors or outdoors; with up to six players. Animal
Scramble will provide a nice mix of fun, physical, and mental
challenges (with the emphasis on fun).
Animal Scramble encourages and promotes
AA batteries, not included.
the Author: Mary Rose is a Mommy, a writer and an early childhood
educator who believes in learning through play and the value of