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Tomy Play to Learn Animuddles
I bought these for my granddaughter for her first birthday about a month ago and she has really taken to them in a big way.
They are such a simple idea three inter-changeable animal characters in a roundish shape a bit like a large egg that is split in half. When you match the correct halves you hear the animal sound (moo moo) but if you mis- match them with say a cow bottom and a sheep top then you get a hybrid animal sound (moo baa). I have to admit that the animal noises are not very distinct but our recipient didn't seem to mind, she just enjoys the noises and the little tune that comes when the two halves are joined.
They are cute and quirky looking and just the right size for small hands. You do need a good imagination to recognize the different animals especially the sheep which looks like no sheep I have ever seen but I think the animals are really irrelevant to a small child they just enjoy the sounds made .
The two halves join as there is a raised bit on one half that matches the lowered bit on the other with a small knob that goes in to the hole which then switches on the music and animal sound.
Our little granddaughter can get the two halves together herself about half the time and the two halves are small enough to fit in her tiny hands easily. She loves the sound and wriggles her bottom with the music sound that the animals make when the two halves are correctly joined. Our daughter keeps them in her car on long journeys as they are not too heavy, granddaughter can hold them and join them herself and they are also very suckable as they are smooth, rounded and cool to her gums.
These lovely little beasties also encourage hand eye co-ordination which is needed for writing and drawing later in their development so they are educational and fun. They are also helpful in developing memory skills as the child learns which two make which noises and can thereby select which she/he wants to hear. The little tune comes with each animal noise and this is really what our granddaughter loves and the fact that each combination id different has escaped her notice so far.
I thought that at the price I paid £9.99 these were good value especially as they came with batteries included. I bought mine from Amazon and see that sometimes they are nearly £20 and that price I would think twice. The toy's battery compartment is sealed with a small screw and so far we have no need to investigate what type of battery we need to replace these with.
I have read a few reviews on Amazon that said the music was too loud and scared their child. We must have a very brave child as she loves the music and sounds that are emitted and jiggles to the music. While she is around we are happy to have the sound but I do admit that we put them away sound free when she is not around.
As my daughter is now living with us as her husband has decided the marriage is over we have our little granddaughter here all the time and we are doing quite a bit of babysitting so I have become quite familiar with a lot of her toys so you may well be getting a few more reviews on these.
All in all I would recommend these little toys as they are small and rounded so pleasing for small hands to hold. They make a great little tune and unrecognizable animal noises which seem to appeal to our granddaughter as it makes her chuckle and jiggle around happily. They are suck able and even after a lot of sucking the toy still plays the tune so the battery is obviously well protected. They are fun but also help to develop hand eye coordination by the child correctly joining the two halves to create the sounds.
I see on Tesco on line http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.206-7010.aspx they are £4.99 I wish I'd seen them there as this is a really good price.
PS I must thank greenierexyboy from ciao for the inspiration for my title!
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