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ELC Magic Mirror Laptop

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Brand: ELC / Age: 12 months / Type: Electronic Learning

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      11.09.2010 21:13
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      Well worth the money for a lot of fun

      I love this laptop! My friend had one for her daughter and my daughter had great fun playing on it at her house. We both use computers a lot at home and our daughter keeps trying to play on them, press buttons or close the lid while we're using them. We tried an older aged laptop with her but she didn't like it so we thought we'd try this one.

      The Early Learning Centre Magic Mirror Laptop is designed for ages 1-2 years old. It has four animal buttons on the outside of it which play even if the mirror is shut. There are buttons for dogs, horses, sheep and cows which can play animal noises or phrases like 'I love you'. When the mirror is opened and the outside buttons are pressed, images appear on the mirror.

      There are also buttons inside, 4 number buttons and 4 letter buttons. These either play music or teach words, numbers, colours or shapes. When these are pressed the same pictures also appear on the mirror. There is an on-off switch underneath the whole unit.

      I found this laptop to be a great toy for my daughter. The buttons are big and easy to press and she loves the noises and the images on the mirror. It has bright colours and it keeps her amused for ages. The only problem with this is that if she shuts the lid down properly, she can't open it again on her own so I have to keep opening it for her.

      This costs about £16 which I think is good value for money. I think it would have been suitable for her before 12 months though and I wish I had got it earlier.

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      28.09.2009 20:56
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      A great educational toy.

      I bought my son the magic mirror laptop from ELC when he was 18months old. My son loved it in the shop so it was I decided to buy it on impulse.

      What is it?

      It is a very basic laptop which has four buttons than are still visible when the mirror is down which each has a picture of animals: a cow, horse, dog and a sheep. The base is white with a round laptop lid which is blue with the ELC logo in the middle. As you lift the lid it reveals a mirror where there would normally be a screen on an adult laptop
      The hidden base has four buttons that light up with the numbers one to four and four different shaped and coloured buttons with the letters A to D.

      How does it work?

      Each button has a different action.

      The animals on one occasion will explain what they are and the noise each corresponding animal makes then on others will make statements such as I love you or you are my friend. As you press each animal there is an image of that animal shown on the mirror. Each animal has a number and coloured shape next to it. These buttons do still work when the lid is down.

      The number buttons when pressed will either show the corresponding number on the mirror or plays a tune when all the number lights flash like a disco.

      The letter buttons offer three different explanations of each button. It states the colour, shape or letter and flashes up the corresponding animal on the mirror.

      My Experience

      My son has played with this since he was bought it. He initially found that he couldn't lift the lid so as soon as I opened it then he would then close it again.

      As he has got older he was been able to gain more benefit from it. He enjoys sitting next to me while I am on my laptop and pretending to be working like Mommy. I also find that he is more able to learn from it. I can ask question such as "where is the green button?"And he will press the right button.

      This toy is one my son loved from the start.

      After about six months the buttons started working intermittently and I tried changing the batteries but it did not improve things so I returned it to the store and they exchanged it for another one which I have had no problems with.

      This item is currently available from ELC for £15. The ELC advises that the recommended age for this item is 1-2 years but I believe that it has a wider span for usefulness and enjoyment.
      The benefits

      This toys helps to develop fine motor skills .It has helped him press precise buttons.

      It helps with language recognition.

      It helps with searching skills which I do encourage my son with this skill as for some reason I know very few grown men that have very good searching skills.

      For more information see www.elc.co.uk

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    • Product Details

      Press a button and images appear through the mirror, as if by magic. Helps teach numbers, colours and shapes.