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Induction Certificate Number:   74020090911-363
Induction Date:   September 11, 2009
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball
MSRP:   $22.00 USD
Company URL:  http://www.KidsPreferred.Com
Rating: 

Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher | The Toy Man® - Product Evaluation Specialist
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  09/11/2009

Based on the Amazing Baby book series, this 6-inch sphere is so enchanting. Baby can see himself or herself in the reflective mirror while giggling with the pullout peek-a-boo bear, tugging on the ribbon tags and discovering a chime, a crinkle, flaps and rings.




Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Infant Toys & Accessories 2009 Consumer/Education 0-2 years Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Cost Benefit Durability Hybrid-Use™ Marketability Skill Improvement Overall Visual Appeal
5 5 3 5 5 5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.


image of factory with ecological leaves symbol. Trade Industry Sales Types
Industry Memberships

Wholesale Retail Reseller Online 

 

 


Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
 
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 
 Compliant
  Specialized Technology Re
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
(Not Applicable)  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
(Not Applicable)
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)
(Not Applicable)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
Unknown Unknown



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
ChinaNone

 

Introducing The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball

* SUMMARY CODES: GN - Generals Needs | SN - Special Needs | PDD - Pervasive Developmental Disorder


Kids Preferred has always been in the forefront when it comes to the creation of award winning children's products. The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball is yet another new infant toy to validate that statement.

The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball is an activity ball which is 6" in diameter with more goodies for an infant or toddler to experience than you can shake a stick at! Let's get real here...less formal. If I were to identify and describe each individual feature of the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball, well...the best way is to see for yourself from the imagery provided within this product evaluation summary, or just go out an buy one!




Everything and The Some!

Infants have a voracious appetite for new knowledge and experience to assimilate. The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball couldn't possibly have a better fit to fulfill that need. The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball is a well designed toy which will dazzle infants with an extensive variety of sound, fabric textures and so much more as you can see from the list of items below;
Example of the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball. Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball

PRODUCT FEATURES:
  • A pop-up bear
  • A mirror
  • Ribbons hanging from the ball
  • A toy fish
  • "Crinkle" flaps
  • A chime
  • Colorful plastic rings

The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball is not just a toy, it is in fact the culmination of careful study, design, and creation. Each of the product features listed above require the use of specific skills that are being targeted. By an infant making use of these skills to complete the task they are seeking to perform, they encourage further development of these very same skills.
The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball is an absolute delight for an infant! To get a greater grasp of what an infant experiences when playing with the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball, grant me a few moments of your time. As you are reading the text to follow, picture the actions being being performed in your own mind as though you are the infant performing these actions;

  • Pulling the fish out of the colorful pocket, just to discover the cord attached to it keeps the fish from being pulled out any further. - Result: Infant experiences discovering limits.
  • The big favorite with the infants in our consumer hands-on evaluation, the crinkle flaps. - Result: The infant is stimulating sensory development and hand-eye coordination.
  • And of course there is that little blue thing on top of the ball, that when an infant grasps and pulls on it, a cute, fuzzy little bear pops out like a Jack-In-The Box, but he's shy so he pops back into his space when the infant lets go. - Result: The infant exercises development of motor skills and coordination.
Who would imagine there is even more to discover with the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball? It is the curiosity and hunger for experience that makes the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball such a logical investment which is reasonably priced and just plain fun The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball serves as the solution to fill that hunger of an infant.



Independent Evaluator Reports

Obtaining An Independent Perspective...

In this section we will cover the "Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball" from the perspectives of qualified individuals" in the specific field associated with the product being evaluated. To accomplish that task we have called upon the assistance of two top level industry professionals who know their stuff and have the credentials" to prove it.

Our professional and independent evaluators have formed their own opinions from extensive analysis and produced detailed, in-depth product evaluation reports connected with their study and evaluation of the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball. The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from those same reports which have been paraphrased in order to encapsulate the primary points being conveyed in each report. This approach provides completely independent perspectives in the evaluation of the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball.


PLEASE NOTE: The names of our independent evaluators are not disclosed to protect the privacy of these individuals upon their request. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in developing a well-balanced and qualified product evaluation summary. Their title is provided to clarify for our readers the specific type of specialist from which the information provided has been included in each product evaluation summary.


Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball

Example of the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball.
PRODUCT FUNDAMENTALS:
  • Based on the Amazing Baby book series
  • Uniquely created and based on accepted research of how babies develop within the first two years of life
  • Is designed to keep baby busy with the ball while stimulating/building fine motor skills
  • Features Amazing Baby Peek-A-Boo Characters and several fabric design prints (both color and b/w)
  • Comes in a clear re-usable vinyl bag
TARGET AGE GROUP: 0-2 Years

MSRP: $21.95 USD

APPLICABLE USE: Recreational Activity



Behavioral Analyst | Clinical Psychologist, PhD

"When we as adults in today's economical climate look at a toy for infants, we have a tendency to measure its value based upon price weighed against the number of features. For an infant, the value of the toy has no importance. For them, all that matters is the colors, shapes, sounds, and objects associated with it which capture their attention. I can only begin to imagine the thought processes and emotions of an infant from their first glimpse of the Amazing Baby Pop-up Activity Ball during their first active Play experience with it."

"As I have so often stated, again and again, for an infant they do not differentiate and classify objects as we tend to do by our nature. They just experience their time with an object, in this case a toy, developing likes, dislikes, opinions, and feelings. In its own unique way, the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball is like an endless fountain of stimulation for fundamental skill development which is is so important to an infant. It presents an object of sustained curiosity for them which plays a dual role; recreational Play and stimulation to developmental skills simultaneously."

"The Amazing Baby Pop-up Activity Ball has a very well structured array of components, each of which are designed to target development of a specific skill or group of skills. Tactile touch, visual acuity, auditory function, depth perception, primary and fine motor skills functions, these are all part of skill development which is encouraged through active Play with the Amazing Baby Pop-up Activity Ball."

"One of the best yet not advertised features of the Amazing Baby Pop-up Activity Ball is that it is not a use once or twice and throw away toy. It is designed to be of practical use from infancy to 2 years of age. After that point, the child's thinking processes have developed to a point where the Amazing Baby Pop-up Activity Ball is no longer as beneficial as before. Skill development and self-assessment requires a different set of rules to play by that point."




ECD Specialist / Author


"In looking at the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball from the angle of an ECD specialist, I see a product which looks quite similar to competitor's products, yet at the same time there is something about it that creates an impression of it being unique. With the ball having so many facets to entertain a child while serving as a radical adjuvant for skill development, this product has served to capture my interest with no risk of losing it anytime soon."

"I work with pre-school children who would be referred to as GN infants as well as others who need extra attention and care, quite often referred to as PDD children. In my evaluation process using the product with both groups of infants, I determined that in my personal opinion, the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball is quite applicable for what you refer to on your evaluation sheets as Hybrid-Use™. To state it more simply, the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball can be used in more than one environment effectively and safely. Whether for home, pre-school, or even work with PDD infants, the activity ball appears to be suitable for use in all of these environments."

"An infant's enticement to touch the various fabric textures, and shapes of the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball is figuratively speaking, irresistible. During an infant's Play time with the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball, it serves as a substantial source of stimulation for an infant's primary skill development. In my study with my PPD infants, I established without debate that through repetitive Play with the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball, my PDD infants appeared to show a very strong level of improvement in more than a single specified skill."




Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. Shall we see how the "Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball" was seen with consumers?

The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball created a very good level of response with the parents and their infants participating in our hands-on product evaluation. I don't think I have ever seen anything as beautiful as little infants completely taken up with an object as they were with the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball. Each child kept their eyes focused on the ball, even when their mothers were trying to get their attention. It seemed as though nothing else mattered to them.

As we videotaped the hands on experience for each participant with all of the products we had brought, the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball was seen as being one of the products which was most popular.

In our reviewing of the consumer hands-on feedback forms which the participants filled out, the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball was one of the favorites. This is a sensational new product which the families all enjoyed having their children play with.

Several of the mothers and even a few dads shared how they were so see their infants investigating all the shapes and colors in their Play with the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball. One mother who was one of the participants, is the Director of Pre-School Education at a facility in the city where she lives. She shared with us how she was, "...deeply impressed with the vigorous influence the ball has on an infant with such a superior combination of sound, colors, shapes and visual design." What does this all add up to? The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball passed this segment of our evaluation without any hiccups or discomforts from the consumer hands-on feedback forms.


A Sampling Of Category Ratings



A small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product are featured here. The categories which have been selected to be featured in this product evaluation summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why that specific rating score was reached.

  • If a product is inducted, a product evaluation summary of the complete review is published for public view.
  • When a score has been assigned to a category rating, it has been through a thorough validation process to ensure accuracy and no inflection of bias.
  • If a product scores an overall category evaluation rating average of [2] Two Stars or lower from the complete review results, it fails the evaluation and is not inducted.
  • Information for products which do not pass our evaluation is confidential and is shared only with the company submitting the product.



The Featured Category Ratings for this Product Evaluation Summary are listed below.




COST BENEFIT: Rating Level - [5]

The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball was a very easy product to evaluate and determine an accurate rating in this category. The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball is a toy that delivers more than what's promised. An infant's developmental skills get a turbo-charge which assures a positive return on your cost for your infant. For infants, the benefit is all too obvious, for the buyers, the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball is a product which creates a want and fulfills the need. When you combine price point + results, a buyer is literally guaranteed a serious ROI. The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball pulls a perfect score of [5] Five Stars in this evaluation category for Cost Benefit.


DURABILITY: Rating Level - [5]

The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball was put through an excessive amount of wear and tear via multiple in-house tests we perform, after it was already used in our consumer hands-on evaluation. One thing that cannot be disputed, the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball has been made to withstand extended periods of play and abuse. Easily cleaned and with all seams well secured, the crowning glory of the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball was the textile materials used to create the product.

The textile materials were of much higher quality than we have seen in many other similar products which we have evaluated in the past. According to a textiles engineer we use for our evaluation of textile materials, buyers are getting a far better deal than they might imagine. The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball was unquestionably designed to last and is of sufficient level of quality to be passed on to any new infants to come in the future with a family.

In the final analysis in our evaluation of the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball in this category for Durability, the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball rolled on through this evaluation category without the slightest effort.. The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball closes the book on this category with a perfect score of [5] Five Stars.


HYBRID-USE™: Rating Level - [3]

Hybrid-Use™ is a term created and used by our publication to identify if a product is applicable for use in more than one environment. The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball was determined to be quite effective for active Play for infants in the home, day care centers, and with caretakers. With SN / PDD infants, the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball passed in all phases of our evaluation yet needs a more extended study with qualified SN professionals to establish accurate testing and results for SN infants. Due to inability to validate the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball being approved for use in a commercial facility we could only give the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball and average passing score of [3] Stars in the category for Hybrid-Use™.



MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [5]

As always, one of the key points of interest for a buyer is most oftentimes the Marketability of a product. The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball is produced by a well known and reputable company which has a history of producing award winning products for infants with functional benefit, quality, ecological benefit, and excellent visual appeal. Add to that the immediate and positive response of every infant that played with the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball and their parents as well, there is no challenge in seeing why it received a perfect score of [5] Five Stars in this category for Marketability.


SKILL IMPROVEMENT: Rating Level - [5]

The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball might appear to be a tough one to get a good reading on skill improvement with an infant but the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball has been under evaluation with us since the end of July. Determining accurate scoring in this segment of our evaluation with infants required an extended period of time working with qualified professionals who can give us their own evaluation feedback.

One of the strongest arguments established with the help of these Pediatricians and a infant SN therapist was that there is no debate in regard to whether or not the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball does in fact encourage and contribute substantially to an infant's skill development. Although it was felt a more thorough and extended study of infants with the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball, it was clear to see the product has a superior level of effectiveness. Infants were completely enthralled by the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball with many of the infants demonstrating preferences of one feature of the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball over another.

The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball met the challenge that it had to face and passed with honors in sense, pulling an average score of [5] Stars in this category for Skill Development.


VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [5]

Visual Appeal was but another minor challenge to overcome. The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball soared to the sky in its ratings in this category. Both the clear re-usable vinyl bag it comes in and the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball itself share a message to buyers of "Ya gotta have me!" The design of the clear as well as re-usable vinyl bag is unique, offbeat, and just plain uncommon with its visual appeal. It allows you to see the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball comfortably resting inside, just waiting for an infant to play with it.

The Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball itself had its own mystique which caused several of our staff to take note of how even the parents of the infants were carefully studying every facet of the ball, with a few parents even playing with some of the interesting features. To capture the attention of an infant is good, but to go beyond that and draw the interest of adults as well is quite a feat. This serves as an outstanding message of what an impact on sales that the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball will have sitting on a store shelf at a brick and mortar store.

After carefully reviewing the video tapes and going over all reports and pertinent evaluation data, we established a final product evaluation score for this category. A determination was reached that the Amazing Baby Pop-Up Activity Ball pulled a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for Visual Appeal.






EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
       
    Overall Rating:   5
     
    Seal of Approval:  
     
    Recommends Award:  
       
       
    eco-Recognition™ Seal:  
     
    Award of Excellence:  
     
    eChoice™ Award:  
       
       
    S. T. E. M. Award:   
     
    Mom Approved Award:  
     
    Award of Recognition:™  
       



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