Eggspressions is a "game of feelings" by Hape. All toys by Hape are generally high quality, with this game being no exception. Each Eggspressions game comes with six wooden eggs, each with a face portraying a different feeling - afraid, angry, excited, happy, sad, and shy. It also comes with matching bases for each egg, so that they can easily stand up, and a storybook called Scrambled Feelings. The eggs have a maple finish and are painted with non-toxic paint. The bases are made of rubber. The company suggests that the eggs and story can be used to play a role playing game where children can identify different emotions.
Pros of the Eggspressions game:
To start with, at about 2.5" by 2" and solid wood, the eggs are an awesome height and weight. They feel good in your hand. One person I know said her child uses them for a variety of activities - loading and unloading with an egg carton, piled into a dumptruck, and sometimes even in a dollhouse.
The feelings on the egg faces are easy to recognize and they are great for soliciting conversations about feelings with your child. Role playing with them would be fun, even if you don't use the included story.
Even though the recommended age is 24 months to 4 years, I think the eggs are really fun for babies. Just make sure to keep the bases away, as they could pose a choking hazard.
Cons of the Eggspressions game:
The biggest con is the story itself. It is fairly nonsensical, to say the least. Basically, the eggs are Humpty Dumpty's cousins and they are invited to a party at the castle. However, when they get there, the door is locked and they must work together to figure out how to get in. They have to basically scale a huge wall and, as you can imagine, the eggs are all feeling some big feelings.
Who invites someone to a party and then locks them out? Its a really weird problem to have, if you ask me.
As I said before, the rubber bases are obvious choking hazards. So if you have a baby or a toddler who is still putting things in his mouth, you may want to take the bases away.
The verdict: Despite the bizarre story book, the Eggspressions game is great. It teaches feelings and is fun on many levels. When Fledglingkids was an online toy store, we sold tons of these and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Even if your child doesn't use the game in the way it was designed to be used, playing with characters and toys depicting feelings is always a good thing.
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