The National Parenting Center

SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Spring 2015

BalanStix

Balance and dexterity are something many parents would like to have their children develop. There are sports like gymnastics that build those skills but can a toy do that? Creative Concepts has introduced BalanStix and according to our parent testers they have created something that gives children the tools to develop not only those skill but also teaches patience and calmness. Balanstix is really all about timing, balance, and focus. Using your hand or your fingertips to start you can then introduce a knee, a foot, your head, etc. Parents felt that Balanstix was also an excellent tool for improving arm and hand strength, as well as motor skills. What they really enjoyed was how their children played together. Encouragement and support were always on display as kids helped each other learn new tricks. All you need is a little space and a willing participant. As is often the case one the most appreciated parts of this game was the included sack to store all the pieces away. Not only does it help with clean up but it makes transporting BalanStix to the beach or park a breeze.

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Recommended Age: 8 and Up
Price: $ 14.99

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A Seal of Approval review involves a multi-step process conducted over an eight-week period.

Parents and children, experience and review submitted products and services either already released or coming to market.

Participants fill out questionnaires for each product or service they test. They score based on 13 levels of criteria including quality, appeal, design, price, packaging, directions, desirability, stimulation, replay factor and more. Results are based on both statistical averaging and comments received by testers.

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