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Toy Test 2: toys for 6, 7, and 8 year olds

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 By Lauren Keith and Stephanie Byars - bio | email

(KFVS) -For our second Toy Test, we found things that crawl, walk, bounce, roll and spin, but will they get your kids moving?  Students in Mrs. Amanda Bourner's 2nd grade class at South Elementary in Jackson could barely sit still.  Instantly, we saw favorites.

Starting with Fur Real Friends Go-Go my Walking Pup, this stuffed, battery-powered dog seemed to draw a pretty good crowd.

Logan Fischer said, "You could pretty much walk it wherever you want."

Even though they couldn't settle on a name, these 2nd graders all seemed to enjoy walking and petting this pretend puppy. However, the enthusiasm seemed to wear off a bit for some. Others still enjoyed it, saying maybe their parents would let them have this kind of dog instead of a real one.

In the end, with a hefty price tag of $59.99, we gave Fur Real Friends Go-Go My Walking Pup a B minus.  "It's a good grandma and grandpa gift," said Mrs. Bourner.

Next up, the Tonka Mod Machines D-X-9. The kids could just wind it up and let it roll! The truck, of course, was a favorite of some of the boys in class.

Austin Ferguson said, "I did like the truck. The other boys sure did."

Logan Fischer said, "Compared with my other trucks, I like this one the most."

But the girls seemed to enjoy it too! And this one has a bonus..

"You don't have the cost of the batteries!" said Mrs. Bourner.

While the Tonka Mod Machines D-X-9 didn't stand out, Mrs. Bourner said the kids seemed to like it.  But again it had no batteries.  With that and the $15 price tag, this Tonka truck GETS a B+.

Next we have a toy more traditionally popular with the girls, but Baby Alive Bouncin' Babbles, who does just what her name implies, seemed to be quickly popular with a lot of kids in Mrs. Bourner's class.

"We had boys and girls fighting over the baby!" laughed Mrs. Bourner.

Not everyone was sold though, "I don't like it because it's a girl toy, but my sister probably would," said one boy.

Kate Emmendorfer said, "I just don't like that one. It doesn't do much."

In the end, that was the problem with Baby Alive Bouncin' Babbles.  "They liked having it the box that it came in, bit once that falls apart, it's done," said Mrs. Bourner.

We gave this $24.99 baby a C.

Now we move to a toy who was a little less active, but portable.  The Playskool Pirates Take Along Dungeon and Unicorn Take Along castle are wallet friendly at $12.99.  They did hold the kids interest for a while, but these toys didn't stand the test of time.

"There wasn't much room and much things to do," said Kate Emmendorfer.

We agree with Mrs. Bourner, parents might not be crazy about this one.  "Some of the items were so small when we'd clean up we'd find the pieces here and there," she said.

In the end, we averaged those cons with the gift-friendly price tag and gave these play sets a C+.

Moving on, or should we say crawling on, to a toy we thought looked pretty cool: the Anti Gravity Web Runner.  This creepy crawler promises to go on the floor, on the wall, and even on the ceiling.

The problem though is that it wouldn't go for very long.  "I'm kinda sad that it won't work, and it only charges for 10 minutes. It said it was going to go on the ceiling but it wouldn't move."

It wasn't cheap either at $39.99. Our cameras caught the kids saying this, "Are we going to rate this D or F? I'm rating it an F."

We agree, save your money.  The Anti Gravity Web Runner gets an F!!! 

We wanted to end this test on a high note though, so that brings us to class Play-Playdoh, but with a spin.  "You could stick different kinds of Play Playdoh in there and make new designs!"

Mrs. Bourner pegged the Play-Doh Creations 3D Flash Art as the favorite.  "Kids loved it and they could use it so many different ways."

This one was even a hit with the grown-ups.  They told us they played with it while the kids went to art class.  It wasn't messy like we were afraid it might be. Besides an affordable price of $19.99, one of the best features of the Play-Doh Creations 3D Flash Art is all you CAN do with it.

The class didn't have to stick to the provided paper, paint, and craft sticks. They were able to use construction paper..even a kid favorite, Silly Bands, to make this play set light up and lighten up their faces.

This one topped our test with an A!

You can find these toys at a variety of stores like Target, Walmart and Kmart.  We've already seen some stores post early sales.  For instance, one store slashed the price of GoGo My Walking Pup by $15 making that toy a bit more attractive.

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