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LEW WHY DID YOU THROW YOUR DADDY'S WATCH INTO THE POND?...WANT TO USE ME GRABBER MAM!!!
Toys R Us Robot Arm
Member Name: bishopview
Toys R Us Robot Arm
Advantages: ENCOURAGES ROLE PLAY.
Disadvantages: MY SON NOW WANTS TO BE CHEIF LEAF COLLECTOR ON THE COUNSIL.
My son is a typical into everything five year old. He has never been one for quiet games or puzzles. He is into all things that allow him to imaginary play that he is a 'workman'. A few months ago the little boy next door showed my son his new robot arm toy. I remember being facinated by these hand held devices when I was little. From the moment he saw this robot arm, my son nagged the living daylights out of me. Until in the end I did what all responsible, dominant and 'im the boss' parents do. I went and got him one!!
These 'robot arms' can be found in argos. They are basically a mechanical grabber which is used via squeezing the handle/lever at the top. The arm is around 20'' long and can very easily reach and pick things up. It is sturdy and strong. Which has pleased me, as my son is not very gentle with his toys. But this arm has proved to be both durable and safe.
What I really like about this toy is the fact that it can make the most mundain chores which used to cause arguments such as cleaning up toys, much more fun. As your child can use the grabber to pick the toys up. My son is becoming an expert at operating the grabber but initially he found that the things he was trying to pick up would slip out of the grabber. But with patience and pracise he has now become a grabber expert.
My son now tells me that he wants to be a leaf collector when he is older, on the counsel. So proud to see that my son has such high aspiraions. And when he is collecting the leaves and rubbish of the street I can thank myself for buying this toy and encouraging him on his career path. (Only jesting. As long as he's happy i'll be happy.)
Back to the grabber. It was only £4.99 which considering it was from Toys r us is very good value and extremely reasonable. I believe that this toy has more than earned it's price tag as it has kept my boy entertained for hours. He is continuing to find different uses for this device. such as reaching a toy on top of his wardrobe that I have placed away as punishment. (cunning!!)
I would certainly recommend one of these grabbers to anyone who has a child who is into gadgets and gizmos. This toy doesn't do anything apart from grab. However there is something about this product that captures a child's imagination. It is also a great toy for allowing your child to develop their role play skills. It has certainly made an impression in my household.
Just an afterthought which has sprung into my mind at this very second. I think these grabbers could be an absolute godsend for people who have mobility problems. My step mother has just broken her leg and I am sure she would find this grabber to be of great use. reaching things that she may have dropped onto the floor.
This toy is not exclusive to toys r us. I have recently seen them in Tesco for around the same price.
Summary: A GREAT NOVEL TOY. THAT'S STURDY AND DURABLE.
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