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Construction and Spy Toys Create Imaginations


Spy Toys

Spy Toys

By Anne Ahira

Most of the time when parents consider a toy for their young child things like price, availability and the Childs desire for the toy come into play.

The benefits the toy may provide are generally not as high up on the priority list; however, they are equally important especially when you can find a high demand item that will actually help your child.

The Robotrixx construction toys are a prime example of a high demand toy with benefits. There are several of these sets including a T-Rex, Spider and other more.

Struxx took the idea of building blocks and construction sets and added movement, light and motion sensing to the mix. Talk about a toy that will capture the imagination!

Natural Desire to Build

Watch any toddler playing with their toys and you will see instantly a desire to build and create. Even if they do not have building blocks or construction sets to work with they will construct forts out of your storage totes, idle boxes and anything else they can stack up! Of course, when they are this age they also like to wreck it all and start over. The point is the desire to build begins at a very young age.

What Children Learn

While you child is building and destructing they are actually learning some very important skills. Putting together construction type toys increase dexterity, strength and hand eye coordination. They are also learning spatial thinking and creativity, who would have thought so much learning, was going on in this type of simple play?

Learning does not stop there, your child is beginning to recognize object placement, art, design, science and even mathematics and they do not even know it yet. As children grow and age you can continue this building education with toys like the Robotrixx T-Rex mentioned above and you add a technological element to the equation.

How to Encourage Play

Some kids are naturally more inclined to play with these types of toys than others do however even they can get discouraged when left on their own.  You can affect their interest greatly and encourage them in just a few simple steps.

  • Get down on the floor or up to the table with them! You can help them with their special project or work on your own building something totally different, the important thing is that they see you are interested in the process. Children are the greatest imitators and when they are in their formative years, they want nothing more than to be like mom or dad.
  • Allow your child plenty of time to finish a project. The more advanced the construction set is the more time it can take to complete and you do not want your child to feel pressured. This is the surest way to create frustration that will result in them abandoning the project all together.
  • Do not just hand them a construction set and walk away. Provide your child with handy storage to keep their prized toy in, this shows you are supportive of their endeavors even if they are old enough to do the dinosaur, spider or building all by themselves.
  • Try not to criticize and correct when they place a piece in the wrong place! Who knows they may be the first kid to figure out how to put the T-Rex tail on the nose and get it all to work together. Of course, if they are stuck or frustrated you can gently guide them through the instructions, but do it together do not take over the build yourself.


Construction and even spy toys are a great way to keep young children occupied and happy but you should always look for toys like the Struxx Robotrixx that will stimulate them as well. Too many toys today are simply time consumers and give nothing back in the way of education, at least the toys children actually like to play with.

When you have the opportunity to fulfill their wishes and sneak in a training tool at the same time shouldn’t you take advantage of the situation? You never know you could be grooming the next great architect at your kitchen table!

5 Reasons to Buy a Pretender Spy Voice Distorter


Pretender Spy

Pretender Spy

By Anne Ahira

Everybody has been on the telephone with someone they would rather not talk to at one time or another.

A nosy neighbor calls to chat even though they know you work late hours or work from home or a gossipy friend calls about their date and all you want to do is get off the phone and do something interesting!

If only there were a crying baby in the next room to distract your attention, oh wait, if you have a device like the pretender there could be.

The pretender is a device that gives you the excuse you need to get off the phone without being rude and just hanging up. Do you doubt that you would ever need such a device? Maybe it would be handier than you think.


People who work from home have an added problem to their day, people who want to call and chat. Sometimes no matter how many times you explain that you have work hours just like anyone else, people do not take the hint.

Now you have two choices, ignore the ringing phone (which many people cannot do), waste valuable time on listening to a boring conversation, turn the phone off (and potentially miss important calls) or be rude.

The pretender gives you another option, a crying baby, barking dog, call-waiting beep or a distinct doorbell ring. Now you are free to get back to work and no one is mad at you.

Bill Collectors

Everyone has a job to do but bill collectors are a breed all their own. You can tell them ten thousand times that you simply do not have any money and they will still insist you need to pay. Well, duh!

As if you did not know, you should pay your phone bill, insurance, satellite or other bill! These men and women are absolutely tenacious when they get you on the phone and they have become experts at disguising their numbers so you will actually answer.

With the Pretender, after you have calmly explained that you will pay when you can you can now interrupt their tirade with a loud dog. Make enough noise and they will tire of trying to talk over it you can be sure!

In Laws

Only one thing is worse than a bill collector catching you at a bad time and that is your in laws catching you. When you get married, it is for better or worse and sometimes worse is a call from the mother in law. This is the one person however that you do not want to be rude to, you can hang up on a bill collector if all else fails but not her. 

The best ploy to use on her will be the crying baby that is of course if you actually have children! Do not try to fool her if you do not because it will come back to haunt you, however an important business call on another line might just do the trick.

The Ex

Today the chances are good that you or your current spouse has an ex, and many times, they will continue to invade in your life. Other times, if you have children together, they may have a legitimate reason to call.

The problem is you will not know until you pick up the phone whether the call is legit or one you are going to regret taking. The pretender gives you an out for this type of intrusion as well.

Stranger Calls

Things get scarier in the world everyday and you never know if the stranger calling is actually a wrong number or someone trying to figure out if you are home alone. The barking dog is a good deterrent for this type of character and even if you are not sure, it is always better to be safe than sorry.


The Pretender gives you a way out of several different types of phone calls without making everyone you know mad at you and there are times when it could even protect you from harm.

This device is not an expensive investment, around $40 on Amazon, and you might have a little fun with the voice distorter. Of course, keep it all in good fun and do not terrorize anyone with it that could get you in legal hot water!