I like toys that make my kids think. Whether it's a building or creating an object, I appreciate any toy that helps kids' use their imagination.
Recently, my kids were given Zoomorphs as a gift. Zoomorphs are build-able animal toys. Each set has four animals. Each animal piece can inter-change with the other animal pieces. The piece easily snaps together.
We have the safari animal set. It includes an elephant, leopard, zebra, jungle butterfly, parrot, and lizard. There are a total of 47 pieces in the set.
At first my kids wanted to build the "normal" animals. We did the zebra and elephant. Then I suggested that we build "crazy" animals. We put the butterfly wings on the elephant body. Then added some zebra legs, a leopard tail and some lizard legs. The kids couldn't stop laughing. Then we build more and more "crazy" animals. We switched legs and tails and bodies and heads. There were so many mixed up animals.
The other fun part of building the animals were coming up with names for our mixed-up animals. Whether it was zeb-ard-phant or a parro-fly, my kids were hooked. My kids constantly ask to play with the Zoomorphs and want to make the mix-ed up animals.
The Zoomorphs are not suitable for children under the age of 3 because it does contain small parts. The pieces themselves are durable and easily snap together.
In addition to the Safari set, Zoomorphs have the following sets, dinos, runners, insects, rain forest, myth morphs, jumper morphs, night morphs, pets, and diggers.
Zoomorphs can be purchased locally at Anderson's Bookshop (123 West Jefferson, Naperville, IL 60540 630-355-2665) and Learning Express Naperville (2863 95th St., Suite 123, Naperville, IL 60564, 630-922-3334). Zoomorphs also can be purchased on-line at kazootoys.com and boingtoys.com.
Published may 3, 2010