By Hank Pellissier
What it's supposed to teach: Music and percussive rhythm
Why it fails: This $7 hexagonal horror from China depicts idiotically grinning creatures on its six vertical sides. Yes, the paint color is nice and bright, but the pigment chemicals are foolishly toxic: They have illegal amounts of lead. Tykes licking the pink butterfly – in search of a multisensory learning experience — would slobber an excess of the poisonous 82nd element into their innocent systems. Licking lead leads to brain-stunting, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, teen violence, elderly mental dysfunction, and numerous other neurological and anatomical atrocities. You may’ve been inspired to buy this toy after reading the Swedish study "Drummers more intelligent." Alas, musicians beating this drum might have had their music muffled if they slurped lead between boom sha-ka booms.
Advice: Return this mentally-crippling musical monstrosity immediately to Cost Plus World Market, and spend the refund bucks on supplements of vitamin C , zinc, iron, or calcium, which can potentially counteract lead effects.
Tell us for a chance to win one of two $150 Amazon gift cards! Your input will help us better serve parents like you. The survey will only take a few minutes.
Sign up for our free newsletter and we'll send you
more just like it every week.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for , including performance data and recently posted user reviews.