The child amidst his baubles
is learning the action of light, motion, gravity, muscular force…
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hey! Your kids bored yet?
Mine were singing the “I’m bored” blues maybe three days into summer vacation.
The good people over at FreemanPR gave me a helping hand, sending me over a Z-Curve Bow & Zing-Shot Launcher from Zing Toys for the kids to test out and review.
Kids can pretend they’re a modern-day, sharp-shooting Robin Hood with the Z-Curve Bow, the ultimate foam bow & arrow combo for indoor and outdoor entertainment. Hook the arrow into the loading zone through the patented loops system, pull back, then it’s Ready…Aim …Fire! Kids can work on becoming a master marksman by loading up their choice of a stick-anywhere ZARTZ® SOFTEK™ foam arrow for high-tech archery and target practice, or a long-range Red-X ammo soft-foam arrow for bounce-back action!
What’s summer fun without a slingshot? The Zing-Shot Launcher is a high-performance, safe and compact slingshot that features a Quik-Zip load system and specially-made Red-X ammo soft-foam balls that can fly up to 45 feet! Just load up the Red-X ammo soft-foam ball in the revolutionary two-prong launcher…pull back and release to watch it fly!
The day the box arrived, the kids were very well-behaved and waited until my workday was done so we could do the whole photographing bit that’s blogging protocol. Their father, however, discovered the package and had these things broken out and outside before I even knew what was happening 🙂
These things shoot FAR (the description says 125 feet, which feels about right.) Jeff was shooting them straight up into the air and you couldn’t even track them; they got swallowed up in the hazy summer sky (and one promptly ended up on the roof, insert dramatic rolling of eyes here).
The tips and slingshot ball are a soft foam, so nobody’s getting hurt, but I still felt the need to remind the kids that these were outdoor toys and please do not shoot your sister.
The shooting is easy and the distance is satisfying, but my kids were definitely not master marksmen right out of the box. In particular, they had trouble maintaining any kind of accuracy with the slingshot, so I would say it’s a good idea to abide by the suggested age range of 8+ so kids won’t be frustrated. Jake guesstimates they make maybe one bulls-eye out of 20, and that’s after quite a bit of practice.
The upside? They’ve been doing quite a bit of practice. Outside. Not in my hair.
Verdict: Good, clean, classic childhood outdoor fun.
Seriously, the classic toys are the best.
Sure, we could fashion our own bow & arrows and a slingshot from tree branches and rope and rubber bands (and we probably will, by summer’s end). But we won’t achieve the same sort of free-flying range we get from these suckers, and I’m not gonna lie: the constant running to retrieve arrows and slingshot balls before the puppy gets them is a major selling point in my mind. Sneaking in some exercise!
Not to mention the whole business of learning about angles, force, trajectory… I mean, I could mention how these sorts of toys are fantastic for helping kids internalize the basics of physics. I could, perhaps, whisper something about predictions and measurable results and statistics and the scientific method. But what would be the fun in that? It’s summertime and the playing’s easy. No need for anyone to suspect any learning is going on 🙂
The boys made a video so you could see the toys in action. (If you’re a subscriber you may need to click through to view the video.)
Disclosure: I received a free Z-Curve Bow & Zing-Shot Launcher for review purposes, opinions are honest and my own.
The Z-Curve and Zing-shot are available pretty much anywhere you can buy toys (Academy Sports + Outdoors, Amazon.com, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Calendar Club, Fred Meyer, Fry’s Electronics, Target, Toys “R” Us, etc). The links above take you to Amazon (who currently has the Zing-shot for about six bucks) and if you click through to purchase, I get a few pennies on the dollar. Just so’s you knows.