| Introducing FeltTales - Dinosaur Days
Felt board stories have been around for generations. I remember waaaaay... back in the day when I used the big, luggy felt boards for teaching pre-school and kinder classes. The idea of using a felt board and felt characters was great and quite effective. Babalu, Inc. has taken this concept of learning and taken it to an entirely new direction in design with “Dinosaur Days” and other felt board story titles.
“Dinosaur Days” takes you back to the Jurassic period when dinosaurs roamed the earth. With the FeltTales “Dinosaur Days characters you can help the Brachiosaurus reach the leaves of a tall tree, swim in ocean with the Plesiosaurus, or even Hunt the Triceratops with the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
One thing for sure, kids will love this well crafted storyboard to create new stories. To add to this, there is an attractive carrying handle attached to the felt board, and a storage pouch for the felt pieces is included. With each felt board, you will find a story starter that will be instrumental in developing interaction and inspire the imagination.
Creative Imagination and More...
What you have here is a magical product
which triggers the creative imagination of a child to envision their wildest
fantasies around a royal princess. The
body's response to the use of creative imagination carries over to a countless
number of other developmental skills. In a sense you could say that it begins
a chain reaction, the completion of each response of the brain and body becoming
the catalyst to trigger yet another.
Quality and Design - The Importance
In all of the many products which circulate through our doors each week for
evaluation, we on occasion find a company that really takes business serious
in the design of their products. Babalu, Inc. the manufacturers of the FeltTales
products, goes well beyond just the quality and design of a product...
The FeltTales Promise
"I captured the
words above from the Babalu,
Inc. web site. The image these words projects creates a far greater
sense of the value of the products produced by the company."
- Deliver the FeltTales Benefits
- Respect the Purchasing Customer
- Respect the Child who plays with the system
- Be sincere to the heritage of the product
- Enrich the felt play experience
More Than Just A Bunch Of Felt Pieces
As you will read later in one of the excerpts from one of our
independent evaluators, FeltTales Dinosaur Days is more than just a bunch
of felt pieces with a storyline to tell. Having a numerous variety of
felt pieces all associated with the theme, Dinosaur Days, a child, caregiver,
or teacher, has a literally unlimited variety of combination of color, shape,
and tactile sensation to be experienced. Each combination transforms
into yet another new world of mystery and delight just waiting to be explored.
Just imagine, the cute little frog who the princess bestows a kiss upon and
Poof!...he turns into a maid servant! Hey, of course he won't be a prince,
this is just an example of how the FeltTales Dinosaur Days enables a
child to imagine fantasies of their own design. That's what make FeltTales Dinosaur Days so unique and so valuable.
Independent Evaluator Reports
Obtaining An Independent Perspective...
In this section we will cover "FeltTales Dinosaur Days" from the perspectives
of qualified professionals in the specific field associated with the
product being evaluated. To accomplish that task we have called upon the assistance
of two top 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 reports connected with
their study and evaluation of "FeltTales
Dinosaur Days. The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from
those same reports with some which have been paraphrased and others verbatim,
in order to encapsulate the primary points being conveyed in each report. This
approach provides completely independent perspectives in the evaluation of "FeltTales
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 providing 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. All opinions and or statements
from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion
of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any other division of GreyWolf Corp, or GreyWolf
PRODUCT: FeltTales Dinosaur Days
Board Certified Behavioral Analyst
"FeltTales Dinosaur Days" has taken an age-old educational tool and re-invented
it. Quite inventive and originative in its downsized design and purpose,"FeltTales
Dinosaur Days" literally
is a treasure trove of delight and productive stimulation for a child or
"For children, there is a substantial range of stimulation,
beginning first with the bright array of colors and shapes, followed by the
sensory stimulation as each felt piece / character is being picked up and analyzed. Soft
felt material, a vast array of colors, a variety of detail lines on each felt
piece, and a storyline on the back of the themed felt board;
these are a strong group of characteristics of the felt board. These
characteristics are readily seen and contribute substantially to essential
developmental skills for a child."
In completion of my report and in summary of my results, I have found
the "FeltTales Dinosaur Days" to be a product which is a source
of delight and productive stimulation for any child or adult including
special needs individuals. It can encourage a considerable level of growth
to an individual making use of it, even the caregiver or teachers themselves. The felt board and
colorful pieces assist children in learning about Dinosaurs while providing
a caregiver or teacher a more interactive way to engage children in
their learning and active Play."
ECD Facility Director
"The 'FeltTales Dinosaur Days as
well as its counterpart, 'FeltTales Pretty Princess.' I
am evaluating both products simultaneously with all of my
students to monitor what differences
occur in their behavior
responses. I will keep this report specific to the 'FeltTales
Dinosaur Days' as requested in your instructions. 'FeltTales
Dinosaur Days' will be used in therapy
with my SN students as well as the general student groups."
'FeltTales Dinosaur Days' felt board proved to be
quite effective in developing substantial improvement levels of the students'
fine-motor, cognitive, spatial, sensory and overall developmental improvement
during their recreational play as well as general therapy. Upon picking
up the 'FeltTales Dinosaur Days' felt board or its pieces
there was immediate and focused attention to the actions they were performing
with the content which they were grasping. Many of the students in all groups
displayed a need to run their fingers across the felt board and pieces.
This provided immediate evidence of sensory and tactile touch stimulation."
"For a significant period
of time, a number of our SN kids were engaged in taking the plastic re-closable
pouch, placing the felt pieces in and pulling them out repeatedly. Two
of the kids had a need to open and close the pouch repeatedly. With some
of our more challenged SN kids who tend to become aggressive in their behavior
with abrupt movements and appearance of distress, they appeared to be calmed
by touching and moving the dinosaur felt characters on the felt board. This
proved to provide a generous level of stimulation to their fine motor skill
"The 'FeltTales Dinosaur Days' are a product I can
recommend quite highly for use in learning development as well as the home.
Both of the felt board products are an exceptional item
to use which deliver a significant advantage in the teaching environment
for home, general or SN students.
The FeltTale products submitted for my evaluation are unquestionably
more than suitable to serve as a catalyst for improvement of developmental
skills with any child."
Consumer Hands-On Evaluation
Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product
when it is being evaluated. Based upon that fact we put every single product
we evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything
goes. Shall we see how the "FeltTales Dinosaur Days" was seen with consumers?
FeltTales Dinosaur Days was pulling its weight well with consumers
at all locations where we took it for spontaneous hands-on evaluation. The
little boys who were participants were letting their imaginations run wild
with all of the various felt dinosaurs. While the girls were more into
other products, including another FeltTales felt board with more of a girls
The image at left is provided to give you a glimpse of the FeltTales
Dinosaur Days felt board and some of the felt pieces
that comes with it. Each of the various dinosaurs has a different shape,
color, and design lines, each of which play their own part in adding
even more options for a child's imagination to work with.
It was so amusing for everyone watching the children moving the
various felt characters and pieces around on the board and off. For
the children participating in our evaluation of the product, the felt
board was the home base in a sense from which the children moved
the pieces onto, off, overlapping, and around.
For every moment of the experience, there was plenty of activity, laughter,
social interaction, just plain fun for these kids. It was a time
of learning and development for these children, demonstrating for our own
eyes, the value and functionality of the FeltTales Dinosaur Days.
In our feedback forms from each of the participants, there was nothing but
praise from the parents who expressed in a number of ways how they were so
impressed with FeltTales Dinosaur Days product. Many of
the mothers were especially pleased with convenience of the reclosable plastic
pouch to hold the felt dinosaurs when not being used and the "perfect
size" of the felt board itself for storage when not in use.
reviewing our video tapes and all feedback forms, there the FeltTales
Dinosaur Days passed this
consumer hands-on evaluation segment of our evaluation process.
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  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 - 
The FeltTales Dinosaur Days was a very simple product to evaluate and
determine an accurate rating in this evaluation category. When you consider
the price point weighed against the convenient sized felt board, the informational
storyline of the back of the board, the resealable plastic pouch to put the
felt pieces into for storage, and the level of skill level improvement from
the use of the product, determining the Cost Benefit doesn't take a rocket
scientist to figure it out.
For kids, teachers, and parents, the benefit is
all too obvious. The FeltTales Dinosaur Days felt board is a product which
creates a want and fulfills the need. The FeltTales Dinosaur Days pulls a
perfect score of  Five Stars in this evaluation category for COST BENEFIT.
DURABILITY: Rating Level - 
The FeltTales Dinosaur Days was a unique challenge to evaluate for durability
with it being so different than other products. Despite the challenge,
the FeltTales Dinosaur Days 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. It was quite impressive how the
FeltTales Dinosaur Days even managed to withstand the abuse of real life
application in some pre-schools and at a YMCA for a few weeks. With SN / PDD
infants, the FeltTales Dinosaur Days went through some challenging wear and
tear yet still passed in that phase of our evaluation.
In the YMCA evaluation phase, the boys really put the product through the
very worst, including ice-cream, soda pop, pizza sauce, and gum yet the product
still made it through the challenge. Even the pizza sauce came out of
the felt pieces with a little soap and warm water. In the final analysis
in our evaluation of the FeltTales Dinosaur Days in this category for Durability,
it scored quite well in all areas in this evaluation category for DURABILITY.
The FeltTales Dinosaur Days closes the felt tales on this category with a perfect
score of  Five Stars.
HYBRID-USE™: Rating Level - 
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 FeltTales Dinosaur Days
was determined to be quite effective for active Play for infants in the home,
day care centers, and with caretakers. There were a number of compliments shared
by the teachers at the day care centers as well as some of the parents whose
kids were able to experience the FeltTales Dinosaur Days at home for a
The FeltTales Dinosaur Days completed the evaluation in this category for
Hybrid-Use™ with a perfect score of  Stars.
MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - 
As always, one of the key points of interest for a buyer is most often times
the Marketability of a product. The FeltTales Dinosaur Days demonstrates functionality,
extensive contribution to skill improvement, quality, and even education. The
voyage for kids to their land of pretend Play which they experienced makes
it all too clear as to why the FeltTales Dinosaur Days faced no challenge
in grabbing the brass ring with a perfect score of  Five Stars in this category
SKILL IMPROVEMENT: Rating Level - 
The FeltTales Dinosaur Days made it easy for us to determine its standing in
reference to skill improvement. The FeltTales Dinosaur Days
felt board and characters provided the medium for a child to explore a literally
endless number of worlds of wonder...the worlds of their infinite imagination.
Determining accurate scoring in this segment of our evaluation was probably
one of the easiest we have had yet to work with.
FeltTales Dinosaur Days does in fact encourage and contribute substantially
to a child's skill development. An extensive amount of learning about names
and shapes of many of the dinosaurs is gained by a child playing with the
product. The FeltTales Dinosaur Days pulled a perfect score of 
Stars in this category for SKILL DEVELOPMENT.
VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - 
The FeltTales Dinosaur Days was pulling plenty of attention in this category
for VISUAL APPEAL with all of the vast variety of colorful dinosuars and other
shapes. The color scheme used was great with bright colors yet nothing to go
WOW! over. The value for the FeltTales Dinosaur Days was more in the functionality,
cost-benefit, and several other evaluation categories. At the same time though,
it was well above just average in regard to visual appeal.
After carefully reviewing all pertinent evaluation data for the FeltTales Dinosaur Days in this evaluation category,
a determination was reached that the FeltTales Dinosaur Days passed this category with a score which was well above average a fell short a perfect score by single digit with  Stars in this category for VISUAL APPEAL.