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VTech Crawl and Learn Bright Lights Ball - So many features
Crawl and Learn Bright Lights Ball
Member Name: maxwell_star
Crawl and Learn Bright Lights Ball
Date: 03/04/12, updated on 07/04/12 (54 review reads)
Advantages: Entertaining, educational, long lasting, good value
Disadvantages: Irritating songs, didn't encourage my baby to crawl
My son was given the VTech Crawl and Learn Bright Lights Ball for Christmas when he was six months old. I was really pleased as quite a few of our mummy/baby friends have one and I had heard great things about it. We have a few VTech toys and I know the brand to be good quality, entertaining and educational, although I find the songs their toys play are often very irritating for adults!
- Packaging -
The ball was packaged in a bright blue box which was easy to remove. It requires 3 AA batteries to operate which are easily inserted in a compartment at the base of the ball; all you need is a screwdriver. The first batteries we put in lasted us 3-4 months.
- The Ball -
The ball itself is made from robust hard plastic in the lovely bright colours of orange, turquoise and white. There is an on/off switch and two volumes, quiet and loud. I find quiet is much easier on my ears! As soon as the ball is turned on it will start moving around in all directions on its own, playing songs and lights will flash. There are several different features of this ball which light up and play music.
On top of the ball is a yellow plastic circle which lights up and has a 3D lady bird on it. The yellow circle can be spun by moving the lady bird and this will light it up and play a song. My son really likes playing with the little lady bird. Around this circle are six small brightly coloured pieces of ribbon. These are great for teaching babies about textures and my son loves holding the ball and playing (or sucking!) the ribbon.
On the side of the ball there are several buttons to press. There are three animal buttons: cat, dog, and monkey. When pressed the animal makes the appropriate noise and then a voice states what the animal is, e.g. Woof Woof, Dog. If the same button is pressed again a little tune will play and the animal joins in singing along! Although very irritating for an adult this seems to be great entertainment for my son. It also teaches children about these three animals.
There are three more buttons: a purple circle with the number one and a Caterpillar, a green square with the number two and two Snails, a red triangle with the number three and three Bumble Beas. These light up when pressed. Each button will either tell you the number, animal or shape of the button when pressed, or a song will play. Pressing these is fun for my baby but I also like the educational element. All the buttons are large and easy for baby to press.
- Encouraging Crawling -
The main focus of this ball is that it encourages baby to crawl as they will want to chase after it. The ball will roll off but will stop, allowing baby to catch it. When we first played with this ball my baby couldn't crawl. I found rather than encouraging him to crawl he would simply get frustrated when it moved out of his reach. Also he would often roll onto his back and couple of times the ball rolled straight into his head. Needless to say we weren't very fond of the ball and we barely used it. However, once he started to crawl we tried the ball again and he loved it! He would push it away from him and then chase it all over the house. He sometimes pushes it quite hard and then laughs hysterically as it shoots across the room. I would say it is a great toy to have once your baby is already crawling and can provide a lot of entertainment but if your baby can't crawl don't expect the ball to help teach him or her.
- Age Range -
The ball is aimed at babies of six months to two years. I imagine if my baby isn't bored of it by then he will certainly be too rough with it so I'm not sure he will be using it up until the age of two. We will probably use it until my son starts walking.
- Durability -
The ball is very long lasting thanks to its robust plastic design and has survived crashing into walls and furniture on numerous occasions and isn't damaged in any way.
- Price and Availablity -
The ball is widely available in toy shops, online and in some large supermarkets, retailing at around £15. I think this is quite good value for money, especially considering how many features it has.
- Would I Recommend? -
Overall I would definitely recommend this ball as it is educational, entertaining, long lasting and good value for money. My only criticism would be that it didn't actually encourage my baby to start crawling as I had expected. As my son loves this toy I think I can put up with the irritating noises and tunes!
Summary: A great toy for an already crawling baby