Today is a rare day in Austin. Snow falls in beautiful, fluffy flakes. Hopefully, you and the kids can get bundled up and have a dance in the snow. On normal rainy days, however, you may wish you had a way to keep the energetic tikes entertained indoors. Here’s a sure way to let them run around while staying in one place. Behold, the Super Skipper.
Super Skipper, ages 3+, $33
Super Skipper is essentially a jumping toy. Push a button to choose a speed, or use the big button, which starts slow and builds up speed, so you can practice your way up to the fastest setting. The pole goes around while the machine plays music. Step or hop over the pole, and be careful not to knock into it, or you’ll hear the sad sound of "wah-wah-wah-waaah". But it’s okay! Push the button again to keep hopping. Or you could just chase it…
Super Skipper is a kid magnet! When we demo this toy, every child in the store crowds around waiting for a turn. Also, storage is especially convenient because the pole is collapsible (like a toy light saber) to fit back in the box. So, next time you’re trapped indoors with wild monkeys, clear a space in the living room and start this baby up.