Get your chil­dren clean­ing up the house for real

Kids don’t have to just pre­tend they’re vac­u­um­ing any­more with func­tional toy

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - HOMES - Melissa Hank

Why let kids pre­tend to clean up around the house when they can ac­tu­ally clean up around the house — if only a lit­tle?

En­ter the Dyson Ball Toy Vac­uum. Priced at $39.99 at the Cana­dian Bed Bath & Be­yond web­site (and avail­able on Ama­zon.ca), the minia­ture ver­sion of the pop­u­lar Dyson Ball Vac­uum ac­tu­ally sucks up dust, de­bris and small pieces of pa­per. The cy­clone ac­tion is sim­u­lated with con­fetti cheer­fully bounc­ing about in a see-through can­is­ter.

Avail­able in pink, pur­ple and yel­low, the vac­uum is bat­tery op­er­ated and fea­tures a re­mov­able dust­bin. The toy is meant for kids aged three and up, ac­cord­ing to de­vel­oper Cas­don Toys.

“Lit­tle ones adore role play and pre­tend­ing that they are do­ing jobs around the house — just like the grown-ups!” reads Cas­don’s de­scrip­tion. “So your lit­tle helper will re­ally feel part of your world while de­vel­op­ing es­sen­tial life skills.”

Par­ents are al­ready ex­cited about the prod­uct: The vac­uum cur­rently has four-and-a-half stars on Ama­zon.ca, based on 36 re­views.

“My lit­tle girl loves help­ing around the house and this toy has been great for that!” wrote one re­viewer. “She feels like she has a real vac­uum while I don’t have to vac­uum with a tod­dler hold­ing my ac­tual vac­uum!”

Some par­ents were less en­thu­si­as­tic, though, wish­ing that the con­struc­tion was stur­dier and that the toy picked up heftier fare.

Dyson Ball Toy Vac­uum ac­tu­ally sucks up dust, de­bris and small pieces of pa­per.

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