Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas -- RoseArt's Goo Hu and Scraps (Review)














Super Bounce Balls

"Get ready, kids, because GOO•HU—the Magical Moldable Matter—has brought you the ultimate in bouncing balls. And the best part is you get to make it yourself. Mix it, mold it, insert an awesome character inside it, and bounce like you’ve never bounced before. Challenge your friends and see who can make the coolest ball—and whose can bounce the highest! Welcome to the world of GooHu—more bounce for the ounce!

Goo Hu features two silicone-based modeling compounds that when kept apart remain gooey forever, but once combined create magical matter that turns into a rubbery, bouncy and flexible form that won't shrink, crack, break or lose its bounce.  Goo Hu combines crafting with chemistry, allowing children to use their imagination to create unique toy shapes and forms."

Key features:
• One facet ball mold that makes 5 super bouncing balls
• Includes 10 pods of the amazing GOO•HU compound
• The kit also includes 3 insertable, fun characters
• Certified non-toxic
• Recommended for children ages 6 and up
More information about Goo Hu is available at www.MyGooHu.com.

My Thoughts:

Have your children ever bugged you for .$50 when you are leaving the grocery store to buy a bouncy ball from the gumball machines at the exit?  I remember when these balls and other trinkets were only $.10 and $.25. :-)  Thankfully, my daughters haven't started asking for change yet, as I make a point to speed right by the machines before they see them.  But, whenever I take my youngest nephew who is 8 years old to the store, he always asks for change to get a bright, shiny bouncy ball.  So, when I heard that RoseArt was coming out with a new products this past fall, just in time for the holiday season, I couldn't wait to review them.  The kind folks at MEGA Brands, who sell RoseArt products kindly sent me their Super Bounce Balls My Goo-Hu kit to review recently. 

Knowing how much my nephew loves bouncy balls, I couldn't wait to show him this new kit, and see his reaction when I told him he would be able to make these bouncy balls at home.  So, the other day when he came to visit and the girls went down for their afternoon naps, I pulled out the Goo-Hu kit to do with him.  I explained that this would be part science experiment, part toy, which he got excited about.  What I loved most about this kit is that it came with everything that you needed, so I didn't have to worry about having to run to the craft store prior to sitting down with my nephew.  Included in the kit is 5 A-Matter Pods, 5 B-Matter Pods, 2 Ball Molds, 3 Characters and an instruction sheet.  The instructions, which my nephew was able to read out loud, were easy to understand.  All we had to do was mix the compound, mold it with the enclosed molds and then insert the coll characters into each.  Once set, they were ready to be bounced, and provide hours of enjoyment for children.

My nephew had a blast doing this science/arts and craft project with me, and loved how he was able to create bouncy balls all by himself.  And, the best part for him was being able to add the characters inside the balls, as he has never seen anything like this before.  Now, I don't think he will stop asking for change when we leave the grocery store to buy bouncy balls, but I know he will think twice about the cool ones he made himself with the Goo-Hu kit, and wish he could make more. :-)  Who knows?  Maybe Santa will surprise him with another Goo-Hu moldable set under the tree. :-) In addition to the Super Bounce Ball Goo-Hu Kit, they also offer a Squish Bugs and Bounce and Crash Racers kits, which also retail for only $9.99 each.

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"Scraps is the original mix 'n' match plush collection.  With 12 fun, fuzzy characters to choose from, you can mix, match and re-attach their body parts to make your own unique characters.  

Cute, cuddly, and with a high IQ, Poofessor is as bright as a “button”. With a fun, felt-horned helmet, sneaky slippers, plush pom body & kooky eyes, two loopy legs, and brainy blue glasses, Poofessor is ready to get class started. Scraps is the Original Mix ‘n’ Match Plush Collection! Collect them all, then mix, match, reattach—and even create your own unique characters! Plus, each Scraps character comes with a mystery Pom Pal that buttons onto the Scraps Logo tag."
  • Easily loop and button together for hundreds of “playabilities”
  • Each package includes 1 Scraps character and a mystery Pom Pal
  • Mix, match, and reattach—over and over again!
  • Create and collect them all!
  • Recommended for kids ages 5 and up


My Thoughts:

In addition to the Goo-Hu Moldable Super Bounce Ball kit, I was also sent RoseArt's new Scraps to review.   I ended up having Savannah and my niece, who is 6 years old, help me review this new plush toy.  At first, they didn't know what do with the pieces, but after I showed them how they could attach the legs with the buttons and loops to the body, as well as the mystery Pom Pal to the professors side, they couldn't stop taking turns attaching the legs to the body, as well as to the face.  Wherever there were buttons, they could easily loop the legs with matching leg warmers.  Even though it didn't provide hours of entertainment, Savannah loved her goofy looking poofessor Scraps and would carry it around with her.


I am guessing that if you bought a few of these Scraps, young children would enjoy mixing and matching the pieces to create fun, new characters. But, with just one Scraps you can't really do much after you button and loop the legs to the fuzzy character.  This would be a great product to share with young children learning how to button things, or who like to use their creative side to invent new characters with other mix and match Scraps.  I will have to pick up a few others for the girls to play with, and see what they come up with, when you add more pieces to the mix.


More information about Scraps is available at www.TheOriginalScraps.com.  



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RoseArt's Goo Hu and Scraps products are priced (MSRP) at $9.99 and are available at Target, Kmart and Toys 'R Us. 



About MEGA Brands
MEGA Brands is a trusted family of leading global brands in construction toys, games & puzzles, arts & crafts and stationery. They offer engaging creative experiences for children, families and collectors through innovative, well-designed, affordable and high-quality products. Visit: megabrands.com for more information. Follow us on Twitter @megabrands. 

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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