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They Grow Up So Fast

Thursday, January 10th, 2008
By raincoaster

Doing it wrong: the Gillette razor…

Safety Razor

Doing it right: the Razor scooter!


The Magic of Mozart

Thursday, January 10th, 2008
By Glinda

Mozart rules!

One of the very first gifts we received when our son was born was the Munchkin Magic Mozart Cube.  I am a big fan of classical music, so I was intrigued by this toy and wondered if my son would like it.

I shouldn’t have worried, he absolutely loved it.

Each side of the cube has a large button for six different instruments. When you press the button, that instrument begins to play one of five pre-selected Mozart songs.  The side also lights up in synchronization with the instrument, if my memory serves me correctly.   As you press different instruments, they join together to form a more orchestral effect, and you can add or delete instruments at will.

Babies are utterly fascinated with this toy, and older children are drawn to it as well.  I mean, who doesn’t like music?

I was reading some of the reviews on Amazon, and a person who is some sort of sound engineer criticized almost every aspect of this toy, from the supposedly lousy sound quality to wondering what the agenda was behind the selected musical pieces.  Is it suddenly a bad thing to expose your offspring to some of the less-recognizable Mozart tunes?  And yes, the quality isn’t exactly that of a Bose sound system, but it’s good enough.  So to crabby engineer person I say, relax, it’s a frickin toy!  No need to get all engineer-y and anal on us.   I might add that the negative review was in the minority, to say the least.

The toy is fairly heavy and well-constructed, but unfortunately it was unable to withstand the G-forces delivered by a three year old who threw it at our entertainment center, where it promptly hit one of the sharp corners (of course!) and died shortly thereafter.  The Munchkin was very unhappy the toy was broken, but it was a good lesson to learn about treating things we like with care rather than using them as projectiles.  At least, that is what I tried to tell myself.

I highly recommend this toy to anyone with a young child in their life.  Oh, and it just so happens to be on sale at Amazon!

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