Product Type: VTech baby toys
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No Ordinary Ball!
Crawl and Learn Bright Lights Ball
Member Name: nixtee
Crawl and Learn Bright Lights Ball
Advantages: Encourages little ones to play and learn, colourful, lights up, moves about on its own, sturdy.
Disadvantages: Heavy-ish for a little one.
The VTech Crawl and Learn Bright Lights Ball is no ordinary ball! It's a sturdy ball-shaped toy (recommended for babies & toddlers from 6 to 24 months old) which encourages babies to crawl and learn. I thought this would be a fun toy for my baby niece.
My niece is now 12 months old and she's had the VTech Crawl and Learn Bright Lights Ball for a few months now. She was already crawling when she got it, but it has still encouraged her to move about and play with it.
The ball is made of plastic (like most kids toys) and is coloured cyan (blue), orange and white. It has 3 number buttons to press which also light up, as well as 3 animal buttons (cat, dog and monkey). At the top of the ball is a ladybird than can be spun around (the top also lights up), as well as 6 colourful ribbons sticking out from the top.
When the ball is turned on (there are 2 levels of sound to slide the switch across to), the ball starts moving and playing a song before asking the baby/toddler to "roll me!". When we first gave the ball to my niece, she was somewhat surprised at the ball moving by itself and didn't quite know what to do! However, she soon took to it.
There are a number of different songs that the ball plays (such as Row, Row Row the Ball, which is pretty much "Row, Row, Row the Boat" but with slightly different words!). All seem to encourage the child to play.
The number buttons light up when pressed, as well as saying the number, shape or colour of the button and even the noise of the animal on pictured on it.
The animal buttons more often than no play the sound of that particular animal (e.g. pressing the cat makes a "Miaow" sound), but sometimes the ball will also say what animal it is.
Now my niece is getting older, she isn't just pushing or rolling the ball and pushing the various buttons, she is also picking the ball up. Due to the mechanics inside the ball, it isn't the lightest of toys, but that doesn't stop my niece. The problem with her picking the ball up is that she's now inclined to either just drop it or to try throwing it (luckily she can't throw far at the moment!). As the ball is quite heavy (for a little one, at least), dropping it results in quite a thud and us adults cringing in case the toy breaks. However, this ball has now been dropped on many occasions and is still working as well as it did on the day I bought it. It's certainly a sturdy toy, that's for sure!
Also, whatever batteries VTech put in this ball, they are either very high quality or the toy doesn't use as much energy as you'd think it would. We've had the ball for a few months now and, despite regular play, we still haven't needed to change the batteries.
The VTech Crawl and Learn Bight Lights Ball has provided my niece with plenty of play time so far and I'm sure she'll be playing with it for quite a while yet. I'm also sure it'll still be in good working order by the time her sibling (due in March) is old enough to play with it too.
It's certainly well worth the £14.99 we paid for it at the time from Argos, but I have recently seen it for £11.95 from Amazon.
Highly recommended by me and my niece!
Summary: A great toy for babies and toddlers to play with.