Last year, Minneapolis-based toymaker Play From Scratch upped the game with One Giant Box and the brilliant Enormous Tube of Tubes. Talk about local: Most of the materials for these toys come from within a 30-mile radius of St. Paul. JuiceBox drives further than that for yoga.
This year, their new toy YOXO—pronounced “yockso”—is the hottest thing out of our metro’s recycling bin. It’s selling like crazy around the country, and at local retailer Creative Kidstuff. It even made this year’s toy roundup on the Today Show. (JuiceBox politely ignored the part of the video where it is mentioned that babies need to “strengthen their core.” Does everyone in this house need to feel guilty about skipping yoga?!)
YOXO is a robot-and-more creative building kit made of sustainable (not plastic) but durable cardboard-like material. It includes four types of connectors that the JuiceBox children very quickly linked up to other stuff they found around the house: paper towel tubes, old cereal boxes, and empty toilet paper tubes.
And there lies the real benefit: Someone other than you might actually change a roll of toilet paper!
YOXO also comes with repositionable eye stickers, which at JuiceBox’s house will most likely end up on our butt.
That’s going to be hilarious at yoga.
At least we’re using toilet paper around here.
$19.99 retail; for ages three and up; available locally at Creative Kidstuff, Peapods, Moss Envy, and Bibelot, as well as the Play From Scratch website. Call first before buying, they're selling out fast.