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SmartLab Toys Bug Playground Review

My son’s favorite school subject is science and he is always on an exploration adventure to study and release creepy crawlers. I am always looking for fun, creative ways for him to observe and learn about the amazing world around him.

The Bug Playground set by SmartLab Toys is a wonderful way for all my children to safely collect bugs and then observe them in the fun plastic habitat before ultimately setting them free again. It has provided hours of fun and learning as they excitedly head outdoors to find a new bug and then put it in the Bug Playground.

The size of the Bug Playground ($14.99) is perfect for small hands to carry along with them on their bug expedition and yet it is big enough to collect a few crickets, beetles or ants. The kids thought that the playground pieces including a climbing wall, pool with ramp, curly slide, crawling tube and jungle gym were really neat. I like that it is well designed to be easy to open the top of the playground and I appreciate that it includes a handheld bug catcher so my children don’t actually have to touch the bugs.

The Bug Playground includes a wonderful booklet that is packed full of bug information and even behavior experiments. My son who is in 1st grade has found this booklet very helpful for use in our home school science class.

SmartLab Toys has a full line of toys and books that are designed to get children excited about exploring, creating and conducting fun learning experiments. Featuring science, art and puzzle themed products, there are SmartLab toys and books for children of all ages to enjoy. I am impressed with the quality and value of the products we use from SmartLab Toys and I always enjoy watching my children learning through hands on activities and experiments. You are invited to visit SmartLab Toys to purchase the Bug Playground for only $14.99….it is a great way to get the kids active outdoors this spring. It is also available at select retailers and at

Don’t forget to check out the FREE ZONE at SmartLab Toys which has fun, learning activities that you can download for free……our personal favorites are Bug Word Search and Science & Nature Trivia.

** Simply Stacie readers can receive 25% off savings at SmartLab Toys by entering “BLOGDEAL0412” at checkout (expires April 30th, 2012). This is a great way to stock up and save money on lots of fun toys for spring!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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