Fisher Price Kid-Tough Walkie Talkies: Built to Last

06/23/2009 at 03:00 PM ET

As a mom of two boys, I’m a fan of any product that has the word ‘tough’ in its name. The toys in our house are used and abused; it’s the kind of place where only the strong survive.

The Fisher Price Kid-Tough Walkie Talkies ($22) are built to last and it’s a good thing, too. When our sons have their choice of toys to play with, they reach for their walkie talkies time and time again.

Click below to read about why this toy is great for siblings who fight over toys.

Cooperative play is a buzzword I knew little about just a few short years ago, but now that I have a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old on my hands I understand that nothing is more important to our collective sanity. It’s hard to find toys that will appeal to kids of varying ages and abilities that allow them to play together, at the same time, in peace. Kid-Tough Walkie Talkies accomplish both, instantly and effortlessly. Our 5-year-old gets a real kick out of exploring the house and reporting his findings back to our 2-year-old, who is overjoyed at hearing his brother’s voice coming out of the tiny device in his hand. While our youngest hasn’t yet mastered the concept of pushing down the button to talk, that’s fine with our eldest, who would happily talk 24 hours a day if it were socially acceptable.

The Kid-Tough Walkie Talkies do pick up interference occasionally, and we’ve overheard what appear to be truckers conversing with each other — sometimes using less-than-stellar language! I try to keep an ear on what is being said over our walkie talkies when the boys are using them and intervene when it sounds like it’s necessary. The walkie talkies also have a rather loud hiss, especially indoors. That said, I wouldn’t expect a preschooler toy in this price range to come with multiple channels and a perfectly silent transmission —┬ábut it is something to be aware of.

— Missy

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