By Schylling

Reviewed for First Grade, 2009

Rocket Balloon with Pump

Bring this to the park at your own risk: no kid in a one-mile vicinity is likely to leave you alone. Simple, inexpensive, and an outright joy to use, this toy brings smiles to even the most jaded kids on the block. Use the dual-action pump to blow up one of thirty included balloons, release, and stand back. Watch is spiral up into the air with a buzzy whine, twisting and turning like a stunt rocket. A few seconds later, when it drops to earth, all the kids in the park will rush to chase it down and bring it back for another run. A pain-free way to promote exercise and outdoor play. (Schylling, $8.00)