Product Type: VTech baby toys
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A laptop they can drop
Vtech Baby Baby's Laptop
Member Name: emmad5689
Vtech Baby Baby's Laptop
Advantages: Brightly coloured, big buttons, easy to use, flashing lights and music, educational
Disadvantages: I find the first song annoying
This laptop was bought years ago for my eldest daughter and now at nearly 3 even my youngest has nearly outgrown it but for some unknown reason she will not let it go. The laptop is made by Vtech which is a great name in the world of kids developmental toys, you can buy the toy for about £20 in any good toy retailer.
The laptop comes packaged in the usual bright blue box which Vtech generally use, the front of the box is open so that you can have a little play with the toy before you decide to buy it. It stated on the box that the toy is for ages 9-36 months and that it teaches shapes, words, sounds and music.
The top is made to look realistically like a laptop, it's a laptop sort of shape with a bright red carry handle on the top of it so your child can carry it around which both my girls have enjoyed doing. The laptop has a bright yellow lid which flips up and then there is a speaker at the bottom left and a mouse to use on the bottom right, the mouse has actually been made to look like a mouse as in the animal which I find cute. On the left side you have the volume control which has 2 levels which I always think is ideal with children's toys and then on the other side there is a slider to select one of three options that your child can play.
The lid of the laptop has a small semi circle gap below it to make it easy for little hands to get in and lift up the lid, on opening the laptop you find there are 9 light up squares on the top where your laptop screen would be and then nine different buttons on the bottom. The screen at the top has pictures on it of a rattle, a teddy bear, a crib, a bottle, a book, a ball, a bath, a car and a house so as you can see they are all basic items. The buttons on the bottom are a blue square with a hand on, a green heart with a baby on, a red moon with a clock on, a red triangle with a crying baby on, a blue square with a happy child on, a green circle with a surprised looking baby on, a green oval with a splash of water on, a red rectangle with a horn on and finally a blue arrow with a bell on it.
When your child turns on the laptop you get a bring sound and then it says "it's my home computer" before singing a song about learning with the computer which gets extremely annoying if like my eldest daughter your child likes to keep turning the computer on and off. If you don't touch the computer it will ask "are you home" and then sing the song again. The 3 options for playing with the laptop are I like music, let's explore and learning's just a click away.
I like music - In this setting your child simply pushes one of the buttons on the bottom of the laptop and they are rewarded with a tune, most the tunes are well known and whilst they play the screen at the top flashes in all different combinations to hold your childs attention. The tunes that I know are Twinkle Twinkle, This is the Way, B.I.N.G.O, Pop Goes the Weasel, Row Row Row your Boat and This Old Man.
Let's Explore - In this setting your child again presses the buttons on the bottom of the laptop and then they are rewarded with a little snippet of a sentence that is to do with the pictures on the screen and the light behind the picture will flash. The pictures on the buttons at the bottom and the picture on the screen both match with the saying so for example the button with the hand on light's up the rattle square on the screen and the laptop states "I like to shake my rattle."
Learning's just a click away - In this setting your child presses the button and the laptop will name the shape of the button and then play a few notes of a tune but this time they are random rather than being rhymes your child will recognise. If your child presses the button a second time the laptop will name the item which is draw on the button and then if they press the button a third time the laptop names the item on the screen which corresponds to the button.
The laptop is very easy for a young child to play with and the buttons are very easy to push so your child is easily rewarded for their efforts. If the laptop is left for 30 seconds without being touched it starts the music up from when you first turn it on and this becomes really annoying and even at the lowest volume setting it is still loud enough to annoy me. Sophie used to play with this toy every single day for a period of about 3 months and then she got bored with it only to end up starting to play with it again when I tried to put it away. Emily my youngest doesn't play with the toy as much as Sophie did but I would say she plays with it once every few days and she again is not willing for me to put the toy away or even move it up to her bedroom as every time I do she brings it back down. When either of the girls have played with the toy they have been amused for a good half an hour before looking for something else to play with the problem is they then don't turn the laptop off so it keeps playing it's learning song.
The toy is really robust, it has been flung across the room many times and it has barely got a scratch on it which I think is fantastic for a toy that is 5 years old. The battery life is superb as we have never had to change the batteries in the toy and it has so much play I am actually amazed but it still plays perfectly and isn't showing any signs of slowing. Emily has been recently pressing the buttons to get the names of the shapes and then saying to me "Mam that's a star" and she now knows about 6 or 7 of the shapes by heart which is great.
The toy uses the basic colours of red, yellow, blue and green which makes it nice and simple for young children but colourful enough that they want to play with it. The mouse is cute and it when your child moves it around it makes lots of different funny noises for them. If the batteries do happen to need changing they are under a panel on the back which is secured but you only need a coin, knife or similar to open it which I always think is a good idea as I often can't find a screwdriver and then toys go ages without batteries whilst I wait to come across one.
This toy would get 5 stars from both of my daughters and it is of course mainly their opinion that matters, I would give it 4 stars due to the annoyance of the learning song. The toy is great value, it's educational in basic things such as starting words and shapes and of course you can use the solid blocks of colour to try and teach your child the 4 basic colours. This toy comes highly recommended in our household i'm just hoping I can manage to get it put away shortly or at least moved upstairs as my youngest turns 3 shortly and that of course means more toys coming into my front room.
Summary: Great fun toy
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