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Hyper Games Balance Bender
( Wild Planet Toys $11.99 Score: )

Hyper Games has launched a new line of electronic active games. See our Gold Seal review of Speed Slider. Balance Bender, in contrast, is decidedly low-tech!  The game comes with 10 plastic pods that are numbered. There are several different games that are suggested - all require kids to balance on the pods while they either pick up other pods or move along the pods.  For example, in one game-- you build your course with the pods, you step on the pods and pick up the pods behind you--this requires a great deal of balancing!!  In another game, you can play in teams and pass the pods along. The team that makes it to the finish line wins. It's easier to play when you have child-sized feet we discovered (and you wear sneakers).

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.


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