Summer Toy Test

Consumer Reports tests six toys that promise to get kids up and out and moving around.

Consumer Reports brought in young experts-kids ages six to 13.

They tested half a dozen toys in all.

Prices ranged from $10 for a Flip N Flyer Gyroscopic Flying Disc to a pricey $100 Razor RipRider Trike.

The Crayola Sidewalk Paint Airbrush, for $10, looked fun at first, but didn't draw any fans.

"It's not very good because you run out of paint really fast, and half the time the air brush pen doesn't work," said Bella.

The Smart Lab Blast-off Rocket Racer for ages seven and up makes it look like building a rocket would be fun, but it was complicated for the kids to get it working properly.

Even the adults had a tough time.

The riding toys got lots of play time. But the $70 PlaSmart PlasmaCar couldn't keep up.

And it wasn't the fault of the testers because the toy's age range is three to 103.

"If you want to put your feet up, the wheels, they just go crazy," said Steve.

So what had the highest fun factor?

The $100 Razor RipRider 360 Caster Trike was the biggest hit of the bunch.

Its caster wheels allow it to do spins and was a favorite for most of the kids.

But for much less, the NerfBig Bad Bow for $19 also got lots of play.

It comes with three soft foam arrows and it was a real hit.

Another inexpensive option that the kids enjoyed was the Stellar Toys Flip N Flyer Gyroscopic Flying Disk for $10.

It's designed for children ages 7 and up.


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