Lately it seems like all the new toys that are coming into the stores have batteries and talk, whistle, light up, and spin around all without your child doing a thing. While those games and toys are okay sometimes, I really like toys that let children use their imagination when they play. Developing creativity and imagination is a valuable life skill.
I recently learned of a new outdoor toy made by Ten Ton Toys that lets your child get down and dirty with their imagination. HandTrux is a plastic *sleeve* your child can wear on their arm that resembles all those big yellow heavy digging machines you see at construction sites. Your child simply slips their arm into the sleeve portion of the toy and grasps the hydraulic lever inside the digging bucket at the end. This bucket brings to mind the ones on the excavators that children love to play with so much. Your child then uses the bucket at the end to dig in the dirt or sand and pretend they are the giant digging machines. Their imagination does the rest; Ten Ton Toys recommends your child make the bulldozer noises and sounds whenever they operate HandTrux toys.
HandTrux is a very well made outdoor toy. The arm sleeve and digging bucket are made of hard plastic which really stand up to the use a little boy gives his favorite outside toys. The digging bucket moves easily and it is simple to use in the dirt. The sleeve is more than large enough to accommodate even an adult’s arm which means that although this toy is intended for ages five and up, it lets Dad get down and dirty too even if he’s just “showing” his kids how to play with it.
I really like the style of the HandTrux. The bright yellow construction color will certainly appeal to the little boy who loves trucks, but it has a sort of super hero look too allowing your child to scoop dirt with a bucket on the end of their arm. Best of all, the HandTrux is made and created right here in the USA!