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The Original Slinky

Submitted by on August 12, 2010 – 9:03 amNo Comment

The clinking sound a slinky makes in motion is just mesmerising.

Buy online from Gizoo

Price £6.95

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Initial Thoughts:
This classic toy took me back to my childhood. I couldn’t get the old advert jingle out of my head: “a slinky, a slinky, it’s a magical toy. A slinky, a slinky, fun for a girl or a boy!” And the Slinky is just as I remembered it – a metal spiral that will roll over and over down the stairs. Genius.

We liked: The clinking sound a slinky makes while moving the metal spring back and forth is mesmerizing. You can spend hours coaxing them to walk down stairs or down a board on an incline. And to think it’s just a metal spring – no mortors or gizmos or whatsits. Simple fun; classic and timeless.

We weren’t so keen: The thing about slinkys is that if children are too young, they twist them around into knots and you can spend hours trying to untangle them; I often end up getting annoyed and throwing them out. The box says for ages 5+ and this seems like a good indicator.

Overall: A classic toy that supplies hours of homemade fun, with a retro and nostalgic edge for parents. And remember, a slinky may be fun for a girl or a boy, but sometimes adults quite like one on their desks, too!

[Susanna, A Modern Mother]

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