Dear Learning Expressions Readers,
This week at Learning Express, we’ve been having a ball! You can always tell when the Learning Express blogging team is testing out a new toy or game in the Home Office. The usually quiet second floor conference room becomes a craft station or game table, depending on whether we’re speed stacking or making plush crafts or playing a really suspenseful game of Suspend. Those who happen to walk by will usually hear cheers of victory (or moans of defeat) and inevitably there’s always some glitter and stick-on-gems stuck on the carpet (and in my hair) by the time we’re finished. This week was no exception as we tried our hands at The Pulsar Powerballs. Today we’re going to evaluate this fabulous kit by breaking it down into our three Fs of toy quality: Form, Function, and Fun.
This part is pretty simple! Each Pulsar Powerballs Kit comes equipped with a large mold, a small mold, two LED lights and seven packets of colored crystals. It might not look like much to start, but just you wait!
The purpose of this kit is to create light-up, brilliantly colored, bouncy balls. How, you may wonder? Just follow these easy steps to find out.
- To get started, snap together your small blue mold. Before you snap together the larger green mold, be sure to put your LED light into the three prongs on the larger side. Once that’s in place, snap together and you’re ready to go!
- During this next step, you need to pour the crystals into the mold. Here’s where you can get creative with color. We tried mixing some of the crystals together, as well as layering the colors on top of each other. Gently tap the mold as you pour the crystals in, but be careful not to fill it up too full or your ball will over expand during the next step.
- Once you’ve filled up your mold with crystals, it’s time to submerge it in a cup of water. You’ll need to dunk the smaller mold for 60 seconds and the larger mold for 90 seconds. A couple of ours burst out slightly from the mold, but not to worry! They bounce perfectly and still look great. Once you’ve pried the mold off leave the ball to set for 5-10 minutes or until it’s not too sticky.
- Bounce, bounce, bounce!!!
How can you not have a ball with this kit? Creating your Pulsar Powerball is a fun experience in and of itself, but the light up bouncy ball you’re left with means the fun doesn’t have to end once you’ve finished using your kit. In fact, it’s just begun!
Happy bouncing, everyone! Talk to you again next week. And look out for our live blogs from Toy Fair!