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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

FyrFlyz review: A toy for the easily amused



fyrflyz.jpgIn my family we are easily amused, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. As a parenting blogger, I get products sent my way on occasion to test and review and the new spinning toy FyrFlyz was one of them. It's pretty simple. It's shaped like a peanut, with an LED light at each end. There are two long strings attached to it with finger grips for each hand. So you fling the thing around and it makes cool light effects and shapes. That's it.

So why I am playing with this thing for half the day? "It helps that we are easily amused, Mom," my very wise 8 year old said.

Sometimes it's the simplest things that provide the most fun. I like that this encourages creativity and coordination. The only downside was a hard plastic object getting spun around has a good chance of whacking someone in the face or for knocking a knuckle if you hold the finger grips incorrectly.

The science of it is that the toy is a precision balanced instrument designed to spin on its axis.  Simply by swinging the connected two strings and applying tension or allowing slack, you create  figure eights or rings, but you can turn them sideways to create slick side effects like shooting stars.
They retail for $10 each and come in a variety of light colors for ages 8 and up. If you have a birthday party this summer, I'd suggest this as a gift.

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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