The National Parenting Center

SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Fall 2019

Jixelz

This clever twist on the classic creative craft kit is perfect for a quiet family activity on a weekend morning, or to keep childrens eyes off electronic screens any time of the week. It is a fun way to spark creativity and work on fine motor skills without your child even realizing it. The patterns are easy to follow, the pieces are sturdy and hold together nicely, and there is no need for ironing! Parents noted this enthusiastically since it makes the whole experience fun (for everyone) with no final step frustrations. Your child can create one of the designs provided, or invent their own, which is wonderful encouragement for them to explore their creativity and work on their spatial reasoning skills. The final result is a pixelized design, which (several child testers excitedly told us) resembles the popular Minecraft environment. The colors are vibrant and beautiful to display, but your child can choose to disassemble their creation at any time and start over. After two months of testing the pieces still looked like new. At just $16.95 parents felt this would be a perfect present for a childs birthday, and even if they already have a set, another one would simply add more options to let their imagination run wild! A final note, the tiny pieces arent for toddlers, as they obviously represent a choking hazard, but they are perfect for all ages starting from the moment children stop discovering the world by putting things in their mouth.

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Recommended Age: 6 and Up
Price: $ 16.95

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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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