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      03.12.2012 00:36
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      ~*~*~ Vtech Bob the Builder Talking Phone ~*~*~

      ~ What is it? ~

      This is a blue plastic play phone based on Bob the Builder and friends. It is made by Vtech and is a nice educational toy.


      ~ The Phone ~

      This isn't the only Vtech character phone we have, we also have this in the Winnie the Pooh version. However this one is a nice well made mainly blue strong plastic telephone, the handset is bright yellow and is attached to the phone with a short string. This phone is fully themed around Bob the Builder with Bob sitting at the top and the other characters are printed on the numbers.-

      1 - Muck
      2 - Scoop
      3 - Lofty
      4 - Rolly
      5 - Dizzy
      6 - Wendy
      7 - Bird
      8 - Pilchard
      9 - Spud
      0 - Travis

      There are two buttons either side of Travis, one is the on/off button and the other is a telephone shaped button.
      Under this are six more buttons and three of these are letter shaped - a, b, c. The other three are a square, triangle and a circle.

      The phone has three different modes -

      Can you learn it?
      Can you follow it?
      Can you find it?

      These can all be accessed by simply sliding Bob's hand along the top.


      ~ Using the phone ~

      The first mode - Can you learn it? - Involves the numbers, letters and shapes, pressing the buttons will tell you what they are. The buttons are 0 - 9, a, b, c and the shapes.

      The next - Can you follow it? - Is a memory game where the numbers light up in a sequence that you then have to follow and it gets harder as it goes on. It starts off with just two of the numbers lighting up, then three, then four etc.

      The last - Can you find it? - Is about the characters. The phone will ask ' Where is Pilchard? ' (for example) and you then have to press the correct number on the phone. If you get it wrong the phone will play a little tune and says ' Oops try again! '.

      The phone also says the characters phrases such as ' Spuds on the job ' and the like.


      ~ My Thoughts ~

      After already owning the Winnie the Pooh phone and it not being used much I was surprised when my children took a real interest in this after my Nan bought it from a charity shop. They sat for so long playing with it my Nan gave it to them to bring home as she had bought it to keep there for the visiting grandchildren.

      The phone is really nicely made although over the years it has suffered a few scratches although this doesn't make any difference to it.

      My son likes the ' Can you find it? ' mode the best as he always gets it right! He also likes the memory game too but gets frustrated if his brothers talk to him whilst he is doing it, which always happens, so he tends to only do this when he is alone.

      The string that attaches the handset to the phone is really short and whilst this makes for a brilliant safety feature it does make it quite hard to use the handset to 'speak' into.

      Overall this has been a very good toy, it's nice and sturdy and very well made.

      Thanks for reading :o) x

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      07.06.2011 20:24
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      worth a search for.

      This phone has taken pride of place in my son's toy box for over two years now. My eldest son received it for his first birthday and it has been played with hundreds of times not only by both my sons but by many adults too! I often find my three and a half year old fighting my 21 month old for it. They both love to play with it.


      As you would expect from a Vtech toy it is good quality, a well made product that is not only fun but educational too. It is a play phone with a Bob the builder theme but I would say your child doesn't have to be a huge Bob fan to enjoy this phone. Bob himself is present at the top end of the phone and his hand can be slid across to choose which particular mode out of the three you want. The three modes are exciting and fun teaching number and shapes and using your child's memory skills. The set out of the phone is realistic with the ten numbered buttons and the actual phone receiver which is attached with a very short thick string for safety. Each numbered button has a picture of one of the characters on. There is a button shaped as a telephone which makes a ringing noise when pressed.


      The first of the three modes is 'Can you learn it?' This mode is about the numbers the ABC and the shapes. If you press a particular key it will tell you what it is. I will admit this is my eldest son's least favourite mode now as he knows them all. There are numbers 0 to 9, an A, B and C button and there is a square, triangle and a circle key. These are teaching your child the basics they need to know in their early years of life. Each button also plays a popular tune after it has said what it is. I couldn't name any of the tunes as I am useless with the names of songs but I do recognise them.


      The next mode is 'Can you follow it?' This has to be the favourite of not only my two boys both most adults that visit the house! I have caught many family members trying to have a sneaky go. This mode is all about the memory. The phone will do a sequence by lighting up a number of buttons after one another and you have to memorise the sequence and repeat it back. It begins with only two buttons and I think we have had it up to ten buttons once before. I will admit it is slightly addictive even for a toddler toy! My youngest son doesn't really get this mode yet but my eldest does really well on it. I have found it does build your child's memory skills up and is great for them. It has to be the mode with greatest fun.


      The last mode is 'Can you find it?' For this particular mode the phone will ask you where a character from Bob the builder is like Travis, Lofty Spud etc. Your child has to press the right button with that character on. If you get it wrong it says 'opps try again'. This is a fun finding game for your child.


      Another fun feature is when you lift up the receiver and press the characters you can hear their popular catch phrases. This is something my son has started to try and mimic and has me and my family in fits of giggles.


      The only down side to this toy from a parents point of view is there isn't a volume control and the sound can get to you when you youngest son just keeps pressing the same button over and over again! There is an on off button though so it isn't going off in the toy box.
      That minor problem aside it is a loving toy and after two years now it still looks like new even though it has been bounced around, chucked of chairs and dropped down the stairs. Honest my sons aren't hooligans! It also still has the batteries in it that came with it which is fantastic considering the amount it has been played with. This is another fantastic toy by Vtech and although it is a little hard to come by now it is worth a go tracking it down. I am afraid I have no idea how much it would cost as it was a gift but I would be willing to pay up to £15 if I was going to buy it again

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      03.09.2010 15:28
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      Another excellent toy from Vtech

      We bought the Vtech Bob the Builder talking telephone for my sons second birthday. He was mad about bob the builder and also liked anything with buttons to press and flashing lights and sounds so this toy seemed ideal. It is made by Vtech which is a brand I would try for quality and entertainment value when buying childrens toys.

      The phone is a push button phone made of hard blue plastic with a yellow earpiece. Each number key has a picture of one of the Bob the Builder characters on it and flashes when it is pressed. The phone is brightly coloured and chunky which is excellent for little hands.

      There are three games to play but the phone can also just be used as a pretend telephone. My son particularly likes' can you find them' and 'can you follow it'. The first game asks you to find pilchard, for example, and when you press the key with pilchard's picture it congratulates you. The second game the phone lights up a series of characters and you have to press the key showing the correct character in the correct order and when you get it right it asks you to follow a longer sequence.

      The main voice is English and very clear and easy to understand. The voices of the characters sound just like they do on the television programme and so are easily recognisable for young children. We have a talking scoop that has an American accent so before I bought the Bob talking telephone I made sure to check the quality and familiarity of the characters voices.

      We have had the telephone almost a year now and it is still a favourite not just with my two year old but also with his 4 your old brother.

      The telephone is hard wearing and our still looks in very good condition. The batteries are easy to change and it needs two AA batteries that fit into a secure compartment in the base. You will need a screwdriver to replace them. There is an on/off switch but if the telephone is left unattended for a little while it will turn itself off.

      I think we paid £14.99 (Nov 2009) from Toys R Us but I believe it retails at around £16.99 now (Sept 10) online.

      I would recommend this telephone to anyone with young Bob the Builder fans.

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        25.08.2010 08:53
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        A brilliant phone for roleplaying fun with extra activities to!

        I have been sorting out my 2 year old twins toy room lately as they still have stuff from the day they were born. Seeing as they are turning 3 in just over 2 months I decided it was time for a clearout to see what they have and havn't got, and to also help me decide what I'm going to get.

        One of the many toys I came across was their Vtech Bob the Builder - Bob's Talking Telephone.

        Vtech is a reputable brand when it comes to childrens toys and I find most of them are educational in one way or another, as well as being a child friendly 'toy'. This toy actually only cost me £1.50 from a charity shop, but if buying it brand new, depending on where you purchase it from it can cost roughly £10-£15.

        The phone itself is a chunky, durable blue plastic phone. Not your typical similar to a mobile design instead this is a flat and larger phone, more of an office style phone with a handset that you need to lift off and replace when you've finished your conversation with bob. Continuing it's realistic effort to resemble a 'proper' phone the handset is in fact attached to the chunky base by a piece of rope, it's not a flimsy piece either so would take a lot of force to be able to snap it off - the rope obviously meaning to resemble a wire off a real phone!

        The phone is brightly coloured, eyecatching and appealing I must say. The blue base is bright, and the yellow handset is even brighter. Bob the Builder himself sits at the top, proudly showing off three colourful pictures. Beneath him and his pictures are large, chunky buttons, as well as smaller letter buttons and shape buttons beneath these again.

        Although all these buttons I'm describing may sound like this phone has too much going on, thanks to the varying colours, and large sizes it's all really easy to know what buttons are for what, even for a child when they really get the hang of it.

        These pictures I mentioned that Bob are hugging at the top differ, the first one has both shapes and numbers on it and it says Can you Learn it? and this one is an orange coloured picture, the next one is green with with pictures of numbered buttons and it says Can you Follow it? and last but not least we have a yellow coloured picture, with bob himself on the phone and it says Can you Find them?.

        The chunky buttoned keypad is set out the way you'd find a proper phone numbered 0 to 9, in the usual order. Where you would usually have the hash and star key you do have a star key, and this star key says On/Off - the best button for all parents lol and the hash is actually a telephone button.

        The bottom 6 buttons are a bit smaller than the main keypad, but you have an A, B and a C button, each a bright yellow. Next to these you have a red square button, a green triangle and also a yellow circle button. Each of the numbered buttons have a Bob the Builder character pictured on them, so if your child lifts up the handset and presses a button they can hear the voice of the character pictured on that button.

        Even without the extra activities involved with this phone it demonstrates great fun for all children with their brilliant imaginations. As children grow they are always fascinated with phones, it's one of them things they see an adult using more often than not so it's favourable in a child's eye. This phone allows both the younger child and older child to enjoy all aspects of their very own phone. The younger the child is they would be more drawn to the large buttons, pressing them, lifting up the handset and putting it back down, all the small and simple things that a phone offers. An older child, without playing the games that this phone offers would enjoy role playing with the phone and pretending to have their own conversations with the very realistic handset. So the phone itself creates a lot of fun without actually switching it on.

        To be able to switch it on though it does need batteries, 2 AA batteries for it to be Bob's TALKING Telephone. To be able to put them in the phone you do need a screwdriver to open the battery door on the back and again to close it, tight and secure to stop children from getting hold of them.

        Now, I have mentioned, that this phone has other activities, these activites are the ones I listed above that Bob the builder are 'hugging'. There is a reason why it appears he is hugging them and that is because his hand, above the pictures, has to be moved to your chosen picture to be able to play that particular game. You slide his hand across until it is above your chosen picture and voila you get to play that particular game.

        The activity Can you Learn it? Involves Bob the Builder calling out numbers, character names and sound effects and your child has to, well basically 'learn' them. If your child presses a button on the phone Bob tells you what it is, which is a really good way of teaching your child numbers. Can you Follow it? was the next activity, this entails numbers lighting up on the keypad in a sequence and your child has to try remember it and press the same sequence afterwards. The last activity is Can you Find it? Very similar to the first one where it calls out letters, shapes and numbers, however this time involving the child more they actually have to try and find where they are situated on the phone. Each activity is upbeat and cheery thanks to the rewarding music played and Bob's exciteable voice so none of these would seem boring to a young child.

        Although these are 'games' they are teaching your child numbers, shapes letters and even colours in a very discreet way. Not so discreet for adults, but seeing as the voice is Bob the Builder himself, there is no way this phone is going to seem like a classroom lesson with a teacher lecturing them. Instead it is fun activities that Bob the Builder himself is letting them get involved in, with their very own phone!

        In my opinion the phone is brilliant, it is an enjoyable toy, which also offers 'extra' activities. It is reccomended for children aged 24 months to 4 years, which I'd say is exactly right. For a child any younger than 2 the phone would be too bulky, heavy and to be honest a complete waste of money as they probably wouldn't appreciate what the phone actually has to offer them. It is a sturdy plastic phone, which can withhold a lot of knocks and throws. It is bright, fun and colourful and the tv show music and voices create extra fun and laughter for a child. The phone encourages independant play, especially role playing fun too.

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          Learn numbers,letters,shapes and have fun with Bob the Builder characters

          I feel this toy is suitable for any child over 1 year old because young children will enjoy pressing all the buttons making lots of noise and pretending to talk on the phone and a 3 year old will find challenge in it to find shapes,find bob characters,numbers and letters its very interactive.We use this in a nursery setting with children using it all the time and the batterys last a reasonable amount of time a good couple of months.The buttons are big and clear for children to see.The toy is very strong and can be thrown around and still work. I saw this toy for £15.00 that I thought was very expensive because there isn't alot about the toy that is worth it it is just a toy telephone and I wouldn't pay that much for it I did see it in a charity shop I feel the best thing is to shop around.It has an on/off button and after a while it turns it self off when your not using it so that saves battery power.I feel it is a toy that keeps a child's interest for sometime

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          10.07.2010 09:29
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          This is a review of the bob the builder talking telephone which costs 14.99 and is available from many toy stores. The telephone is plastic and blue and yellow in color with a 3d image of bob on at the top. At the top there is bobs hand to slide across for 3 different modes of play Can you Learn it? , Can you Follow it? Can you Find them?

          There are large numbered buttons with characters on them from the popular TV series. These include Muck, Scoop , Lofty, Rolly, Dizzy, Wendy, Bird , Pilchard, Spud and Travis.Also shapes at the bottom of the phone and a on off switch.

          Can you learn it involves the child pressing any of them the buttons to hear Wendy say the number or color and name of the shape. Learning by free play.

          Can you follow it is a memory game which i find is my sons favorite mode. It will show a series of numbers on the keyboard by lighting them in a red light. Each character on that number will say there name and the child will be asked to follow it. Each time they get it correct one more number/ character will be added to the sequence.

          Can you find them is where bob asks the child to find a certain character or shape.Great for hand eye co ordination and another great way to keep the child interested in learning.

          With all the modes if the child is wrong they will hear bob say oops try again and if there correct they will hear that's fantastic!

          It requires 2 AA batteries which can be changed at the back of the telephone.

          I would highly recommend this to anyone considering buying it its a great fun way for a child to learn there numbers and memory games:)

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            28.01.2010 23:25
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            Good eductional toy for little kids

            My son was given this phone for his first birthday. He is now three and still plays with it.

            Children can learn the abc, 3 shapes - (square, triangle and circle) and colours. There is a on/off button and if the phone is not active it urns of itself.

            There are three games which keep kids entertained and help them learn at the same time.

            1. Can you learn it - teaches colours, numbers and shapes.
            Can you follow it - good to teach kids coordination.
            Can you find him? - find the characters

            The phone features real voices, and music from the bob the builder TV series. The buttons are nice and chunky great for little hands and light-up when you press them.

            The voices call out numbers, character names and sound effects. It is brightly coloured which attract kids attention. There is also a carry handle on the side which allows you to hold it while kids are playing and makes it easier for them to tae it around with them.

            It requires 2 AA batteries. The battery cover at the back is secured down with a screw and not a clip. This makes it safer as kids will find it difficult getting to the batteries also with the covers that click shut I always find when the toy has been dropped a few time the cover loosens up and keeps falling off.

            Another great learning toy from vtech. Priced at about £15.

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            A fun and educational phone for youngsters

            I bought the VTech Bob the Builder Talking Telephone for my son when he was 18 months old because he loved Bob the Builder and the VTech talking phone would help him to learn numbers, sequences and shapes.

            The Bob the Builder talking phone is made of hard plastic and is fairly large in size and has the same shape and design as a phone we would have at home. The main colour of the phone is bright blue, the number buttons on the phone are large and white and it has a bright yellow receiver.

            The white buttons on the phone have the number printed on them and next to the number there is a bright coloured picture of a character from Bob the Builder. As well as the basic number keys the phone also has the letters a, b and c in chunky yellow lettering. Next to the a,b,c buttons there are also brightly coloured shapes printed, the shapes are a red square, a green triangle and a yellow circle.

            The on/off button on the phone is located below the number 7 key and this is green in colour and is in the shape of a flower.

            Below the number 9 key there is a button which looks just like the bob the builder phone, when this button is pressed the phone will ring and your child will hear Bob answering the phone.

            At the top of the phone there is a 3D picture of Bob the Builder, next to the Bob figure there are 3 modes of play to choose from and to choose which mode you wish to play you simply push Bob's arm across to the relevant mode.


            Activity one on the talking phone is Can You Learn It? This activity helps your child to learn numbers, shapes, and letters. If your child presses number 1 on the talking phone you will hear Bob saying number 1 followed by the theme tune from Bob the Builder. If you press a shape or letter key you will hear Wendy from Bob the Builder telling you which key you have pressed followed by the theme tune from Bob the Builder.
            Activity two on the talking phone is called Can You Follow It? This is a memory game for your child as it encourages them to remember sequences. In this activity Bob will call out the names of characters on the talking phone and whilst he is saying the characters name the relevant button will light up red, when Bob has finished saying the sequence your child will then have to press the relevant keys in the order Bob said them. If your child gets the sequence correct Bob will then call out another sequence with an extra character added on an so on. The longest sequence in this activity mode is 15 characters and if you get this correct you have won the game and it will start over again.

            Activity three on the talking phone is called can you find them? In this activity Bob will call out the name of one of the characters on the phone and your child has to find them. If the correct character button is pressed Bob will say "that's right" and then you will hear that particular characters phrase or sound effect followed by the theme tune. If your child gets it wrong Bob will say "try again" and your child will have another 3 trys to find the correct character. If after the fourth attempt your child gets it wrong you will hear Bob say "Oh no" and then the correct key will be lit up red.

            The Bob phone takes 2 AA size batteries which are inserted into the base of the phone. Before the batteries can be removed or inserted you have to loosen the screw and then insert a coin to lift up the flap.

            I use Panasonic batteries in the Bob phone and these last for over 6 months before I need to change them again. If your child is playing with the phone and goes away to play with something else then after 3 minutes the phone will turn itself off and you will hear Bob saying "Goodbye" This is a great feature because it preserves the life of the batteries and saves you from having to change them all the time.

            I think that the Bob phone is an ideal toy for young children because it is fun to play with and is also learning them basic educational skills at the same time. The phone is also really hardwearing because my son has dropped it on the laminated loads of times and its still working perfect.. The phone is also easy to clean if it gets a little sticky and dirty because you can just wipe it over with a baby wipe or damp cloth to remove the dirt.

            The Bob talking phone is really cheaply priced and can be bought from Argos for £9.89 (catalogue number 347 / 7609) and even comes supplied with the batteries. This toy is best suited for children over the age of 18 months, and it lasts for ages your child will still play with it up to the age of 4 or 5.

            Value for Money ~ 5/5
            Ease of Use ~ 5/5
            Design ~ 5/5

            Thanks for reading
            :o) Lisa x

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              02.11.2009 15:57
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              A must for all young Bob the Builder fans

              I have three young boys and we have a house full of Bob the Builder toys, as well as a house full of Ben 10, Power Rangers, Roary, Cars etc... Anyone with young children will understand how kids discover a new cartoon character or superhero and then have to have every toy associated with it.

              Well this Bob the Builder Talking Telephone is one of the toys I have had for quite a few years now, my eldest son got it for his 2nd birthday and 3 years on and lots of batteries later it is still being played with. I think it cost about £15 from Woolworths but even now you can still buy it from shops like Argos. It's a great toy and I'm not surprised they're still selling it.

              Bob's Talking Telephone is set out like a real phone with numbers 0 to 9. Each number has a picture of one of the characters from Bob the Builder on it. For example number 1 is Muck, number 2 Scoop, number 3 Lofty etc.. If you press the character keys you can here their popular catch phrases.

              There are three activities to do on the phone. Activity 1 is Can you learn it? This involves teaching the children numbers, shapes and letters.
              Activity 2 is Can you follow it? This is a memory test that requires you to press the characters that Bob has told you, the better you get at this the harder it becomes. It will say 'Lofty, Travis, Pilchard and Wendy' and you have to press these buttons in exactly the same order. Activity 3 is Can you find them? This is just testing your knowledge of the characters, a who's who, 'Where is Dizzy?'. This is a simple task for all Bob the Builder fans.

              I think this toy is really great, I am a big fan of educational toys and when they're put together with your childs favourite TV character then even better. All my three boys have played with this toy and when we have other children round they also seem drawn to this game. Overall a great toy at a very reasonable price.

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              Great toy

              My Daughter was bought the Bob the builder phone for a present and I love it!

              It is a bright blue phone with characters on all of the numbers. Bob has pride of place at the top of the phone and slides along to pick the different games/functions.

              The functions teach numbers, play music and have the characters voices but my ultimate favourite is the memory function which I play all the time!! I love it, its so addictive and I can get quite upset if my three year old should come and press the wrong character while I am in the middle of a game!

              When you pick up the handset the phone rings and bob talks.

              It has ABC and shape buttons on the bottom of the phone which tell you what they are when pressed and also play music.

              The batteries still havent run out and its at least 18 months old and still going strong and popular in my house.

              I would recommend this product to any little bob fans!

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              A fantastic toy to keep you child entertained!

              Over the next few weeks I am going to be writing lots of toy reviews as my son recieved quite a lot of toys at christmas!

              My little boy is Peppa Pig and Bob the Builder mad , this telephone was one of his christmas presents from his nan and grandad.

              The telephone is made out of strong plastic , it is blue in colour with a yellow reciever which has a short cord attached to the telephone.There is a picture of bob with three pictures that say Can you Learn it? , Can you Follow it? Can you Find them?

              Also there is a big keypad with every number there is a picture of :-

              * 1. Muck
              * 2. Scoop
              * 3. Lofty
              * 4. Rolly
              * 5. Dizzy
              * 6. Wendy
              * 7. Bird
              * 8. Pilchard
              * 9. Spud
              * 0. Travis

              There is an on/off switch , a telephone button and along the bottom you will find the letters a b c plus a red square , green triangle and yellow circle.

              === Can You Learn It ? ===

              With this game if you press one of the numbers it will say the number and play a melody. If you press the letters or shapes down the bottom of the telephone Wendy will say what they are.


              ===Can You Follow It? ===

              To play this game just move Bobs hand to Can You Follow it? This game reminds me of Simon you have to press the buttons that light up and remember the sequence , my son gets quite annoyed with this game and will often ask for help.

              === Can You Find Them?===

              In this game you have to find the Bob characters , like for example Bob will say "where is Spud?" if you guess correct you will hear a noise and Bob will say Fantastic , if you are incorrect you will get a "whoops try again"


              My son has a lot of fun playing with this toy he especially likes to play Can you learn it ? with the music , he will press a button on the phone and dance!
              The telephone is very sturdy which is a good thing with the amount of times it gets thrown across the room or lands on the floor.

              I think it is very educational as my son is playing and learning at the same time and he is now starting to recognise the numbers on the phone.

              You will need 2 AA batteries.

              The telephone cost £14.99 but if you look around you will get it for a lot cheaper.

              Is also on Ciao same user id

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                a good interactive toy

                Vtech - Bob The Builder Play Phone.....


                This was yet another one of Jack's presents from Christmas this year and yet again one that truly is a good one. Jack's uncle gave this to him but I think if we had paid for it ourselves we would have spent around £15 as this is the standard price at most places I have seen it.

                The toy is basically a talking play telephone that has three different modes of play. These are: Can you learn it? Can you learn it? and Can you find it? The telephone has lovely large chunky buttons that light up when pressed or when the telephone calls them out. There is a yellow telephone receiver that can be picked up and replaced quite easily. The only downside with the receiver it that the cord is such a short length that it is impossible to have the toy on the floor and to lift the receiver to the ear. I guess this has something to do with health and safety but it is a real pain. The main body of the phone is a blue colour and it looks ever so inviting as there are pictures of all the characters from Bob The Builder on the buttons and it is all so colourful. Even though the phone is large it is not too heavy to pick up so Jack finds it easy to cart from one room to another.

                The Can you follow it section is where the telephone will call out a selection of different commands such as "Where is the number 1?" or "Where is Wendy?" and to get the "Well done" phrase the corresponding button on the telephone would need to have been pressed. The Can you follow it section is where a group of different buttons will be lit up, one after another, and to get the "Well done" phrase the same buttons will need to be pressed in the same order. The last play mode section is the Can you find it one where a different character will be called out and the button with that characters picture on will need to be pressed for it to be correct.

                There are a few other buttons on the telephone and they are a, b, and c along with a square, triangle and circle. When these buttons are pressed, just as the others do, the telephone will say which button has been pressed.

                The age range for this product is from 2 years to 4 years. Jack is just 18 months so although he loves to bash the buttons and listen to Bob's voice he as yet can't follow the basic game play.

                I think in few more moths he will enjoy this toy even more but at the moment he is still happy chatting away into the receiver.

                The phone is certainly fun and also educational. The toy is bright, bold and very entertaining. I think any child would love to have this and especially one who is into watching the Bob the Builder programme.

                A four star rating for this product and only one minus mark because of the short length of the receiver wire. Other than that, it is a HIGH RECOMMENDATION from me. I hope this has been of some help. Thanks for reading.

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                11.12.2008 14:14
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                A must buy to let Bob teach you all of those first little basics

                I spoil my daughter rotton so she's probably had a taste of most toys in her short life so i know a good toy from a bad one pretty quickly. This one definately comes out top, despite the noise!

                ~~~The Product~~~

                This is an extremely sturdy phone that has three different modes to keep the children entertained for longer. It is based on a normal corded house phone and has a carry handle on the right hand side to make it easier for your little one to play with. There's a large Bob the Builder figure at the top and underneath your usual buttons, which have bob the builder characters on them, there are the letters abc and three shapes. There is a red square, blue triangle and yellow circle. The buttons are all chunky and brightly coloured which is perfect for those little chubby fingers to press. It looks very durable and ours works perfectly, despite my daughter carrying it around and dropping it everywhere!

                ~~~Activities~~~

                There are three different games on the phone and these are all educational in their own sense. To choose between games, you have to move Bob's arm at the top of the phone.

                ~Can you learn it?~

                This is the mode where you learn numbers, abc and your basic shapes. If you press a number on the phone, it tells you what number it is and then plays a song. If you press one of the shapes or letters at the bottom, it will tell you the shape and colour or the letter you have pressed. This is a fantastic starter for younger children who are starting to become interested in their numbers. My daughter is too young to really play any of these properly but my nephew often comes round and he loves game.

                ~Can you follow it?~

                This is a simple memory game like many other you can buy. The attraction for your little ones is that you have to follow the Bob characters that flash. It progresses just like any other and gets harder every time you get one right. You get one wrong and it starts over again.

                ~Who says what?~

                A voice will speak out and your job is to guess which character has spoken and to press the corresponding button.

                My daughter is only 13 months old and doesn't appreciate these activities yet but i'm sure she's going to love them.

                ~~~Price~~~

                We paid around £10 for this in a sale but they usually retail for around £15. This is definately value for money as toddlers will love it due to the tunes and older children will love using it to learn their numbers, shapes and letters.

                ~~~Age~~~

                It's suitable for babies from 12 months + and i believe they will still be playing with it in a couple of years time. A great investment for every young child.

                ~~~Verdict~~~

                A must buy for any toddler. It's educational, fun and encourages children to interact. It does require 2xAA batteries but we haven't had to change these yet and if i remember right they were supplied with the phone.

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                  24.10.2008 13:40

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                  Great bob toy

                  My son got the bob the builder talking telephone for his second birthday. He loves it.

                  The phone itself takes 2 aa batteries and is made of strong blue plastic and the handset of the phone itself is yellow. It features a number of bob characters. There are three different games that can be played on the phone.

                  The first game is called Can you learn it? If you press one of the numbers on the key pad it says it out loud and then playes a nursery rhyme. You can also press the A B C buttons and the different colour buttons and it will do the same, helping the children to learn shapes and colours.

                  The next game is called Can you follow it? In this game one of the numbers will light up and the voice will tell you the name of the charagter on that button and you then have to press the buttons in the same sequence they are sounded. This helps to test the childs memory skills.

                  The last game is called Can you find them? In this game the phone will name one of the bob characters and you have to find it on the phone and press it.

                  The phone can be brought in a number of toy shops at around £14.99. I think its a great toy.

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                  24.10.2008 10:16
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                  Great toy for Bob fans everywhere

                  The Bob the Builder telephone would definately be on my sons Christmas list if he was able to write one! He will be 2 in Janurary and has an obsession with Bob. So after much deliberation and seeing this toy for a reduced price I bought it for him (for Christmas).

                  This toy has lots of features to it that make it more than a phone.

                  'Can you find them?' - A game to find the different characters. Each of the numbers on the telephone keypad have a character on them. The telephone asks 'Where is ...?' and you have to find the correct character. I don find with this game that although it does eventually go through all of tehcharacters it seems to have its favourites, seems to not say dizzy or muck quite as much as the others. This is a great game for recognition of characters for any Bob the Builder fan. If your child isn't too much of a fan then they will soon learn the characters as if you do get it wrong the telephone says 'try again' and after 4 tries it will tell you where the character is, by saying the characters name and lighting up the character in red. If you get the answer right the character will light up in red and say a phrase associated to the character in the TV programme.

                  Can you follow it? - A slightly harder game than the previous one mentioned as it involves not only knowing the characters but following the order in which they are said. Starting off with one character to find and adding an extra character each time you get it right. For example the phone will ask Can you follow it? - Wendy, Scoop, dizzy' and you should press 'Wendy, Scoop, Dizzy.' As the phone is asking you to find the sequence of characters it shows you on the phone by lighting them up as well as saying the names, then it is your turn. If you get it right you are praised with 'Fantastic' and if you make a mistake it says 'Whoops try again' and it repeats the sequence.

                  Can you learn it? - thiis is a learning section of the phone where you can learn the numbers, letters, shapes and colours. When you press the keys it tells you what number it is and then plays a tune. IF you press a shape it tells you teh colour and the shape and if you press the letter it tells you the letter name. This would be one gripe I have with this toy. It says the name instead of the sound and for learning to read purposes children need to learn the sound first. Can't have everything I suppose!

                  There is an on/off button for this phone which is useful for saving betteries. IT is on thge main keypad so I'm guessing that once in teh toybox it may just get pressed by the movement of other toys quite easily, though it is also easy to press for little fingers too, pros and cons. Thereis also no volume control.

                  Of course as it is a phone you also havethe handset to pick up and 'talk' on, developing imaginative and creative play experiences.

                  Overall this phone is fun and interactive. Read through the review and you will see the little gripes I have with it but I do think the pros (the number of activities and the progreesion of activities, plus it being Bob) outweigh any cons.

                  I managed to get this phone for £9.99 from Tesco just the other week but it does retail at £14.99.

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                • Product Details

                  Features chunky light up number and character buttons. Move Bob’s arm to activate 3 exciting activities that teach numbers, shapes and letters, test memory skills and play popular melodies. Lift the receiver and press the character keys to hear their popular catch phrases. Features all the real character voices, sound effects and music from the hit TV series.