From the creators of Patch, the family-owned company who developed “Buzzword” and “Farkle,” comes a new line of preschool toys called “Mirari.” Taken from Latin, “mirari” means “wonder,” and the toys were created to inspire a sense of wonder. Thank you to Patch Products, Inc. for sending us three of their new toys in the Mirari line to review!
We received the myPad, Busy Buddy, and Pop! Pop! Piano. The myPad is a hit with both my 5 year old and my 2 year old. Made for 12 months and older, the myPad features 20 colorful light-up photos and 40 sounds and phrases that activate when children press the arrow buttons. MD loves that he has his very own learning tablet to play with while CW plays on my iPad. And CW loves helping MD get to the image he wants (which is usually the piano). They will both dance to the music, imitate the animals, and repeat the phrases. Definitely a great gift for a first birthday!
Busy Buddy is “geared” toward ages 9 months and older. In the shape of a sweet teddy bear, children will love the removable shape-sorting and color-matching gears. When the gears are in place, children can turn the easy-to-grab knob and cause Busy Buddy to blink his eyes and wiggle his ears! MD loves the shape sorting aspect of Busy Buddy. Although I think it may be difficult for younger children to do by themselves, it certainly promotes finger dexterity and sensory development, while fostering an understanding of cause and effect. A great gift idea for a little one to “grow into!”
Our favorite (both boys constantly want to play with this one) is the Pop! Pop! Piano. For 12 months and older, the piano has created many new tunes in our house. There are two modes of sounds (classical tunes and funny sound effects), which you can choose by flipping the switch on the bottom. As the key is pressed, a star pops up into the air. With the clear, removable arch on top, children can watch the stars pop from one pipe to the next as they play. Or, you can remove the arch for your child to attempt to catch the stars. MD and CW were having a blast doing this today. They took turns playing the piano for one another and catching the stars. The best part is that there is an off switch for days when you don’t want loud piano plunking.
Mirari offers a number of other products for ages 6 months and older, including Wee Keys, Zig-Zag Xylo Train, and Roll & Return Ball. All of the toys in this line are engaging and educational. My only complaint is that I feel like they are all a little too loud. Thankfully, they have off switches, but I wish there were volume controls as well. Still, you cannot go wrong with Mirari as a gift for a new baby in your life!
Kristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and little brother MD.
Babies Gotta Have It received these toys free for purposes of review. As always, all opinions are Kristin’s and her boys’ and weren’t influenced by anyone.