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I like the vtech toys because they are always nice bright colours and usually have a fun but educational purpose to them, they are also very hard wearing.
I bought the singing Alfie bear for my son Kyle when he was just a few months old and he loved it. It was one of the very few toys he had that he would spend any length of time playing with before getting bored. Alfie went everywhere with us, and despite being dropped, thrown, stood on and buried under mountains of other toys he never failed.
Alfie is a small brown bear. His arms, legs and head are soft like a normal teddy bear. His tummy is made of hard plastic and is red in colour with 4 different buttons on it. There is a yellow heart shaped button to turn him on and off and then 3 larger buttons which are green, yellow and blue. These buttons have the numbers 1 to 3 on them and light up when pressed. Pressing these buttons also makes Alfie talk and sing. There is also a red ribbon with Velcro on it attached to his head which means you can secure him to you buggy when out and about without worrying about losing him. This toy is suitable from 3 months and my son played with it right up until he was about 3 years old.
Recently while clearing out the loft we came across Alfie in a box and much to my surprise he was still working (Kyle is now 6) and he still looks almost as good as new. So we brought him down, dusted him off and gave him to our daughter who is currently 7 months old. She seems to get just as much joy from him as her big brother did. She giggles uncontrollably when manages to hit the buttons hard enough to make him sing which is super cute.
Considering this toy is now 6 years old and is still going strong (on the same set of batteries may I add) I have to give it 5 stars and I would happily recommend it to anyone with small children.
I remember when my daughter was about 1 year old, someone bought her this little singing alfie for her first birthday. To be honest, her dad and I had it up to here (imagine my hand at the top of my head!) with these singing toys! She already had TWO laugh and learn puppys (one was enough so we sold the second on amazon lol!) and a little green singing scout puppy thing, so this singing bear was not on the top of our gift wishlist. Nevertheless he was cute and although we couldn't always make out the words he was singing, my daughter loved it and even now at 3 years old he still lives (albeit somewhere near the bottom) in her toy box and let's us know he's still about by spontaneously bursting into a song!
Little Singing Alfie is a small brown bear, with buttons on his tummy which you can press to light and up and sing some sweet little rhymes. The section is red with a yellow heart which is our on and off button, then we have 3 big colourful buttons - red, yellow and blue (our lovely primary colours) that controls what the bear sings and says, for numbers and little catchphrases like "I'm a hungry bear" lol.
The bear is much more suited to younger children, due to his vibrant colours which are excellent for capturing little one's attention and for gradually expanding with colour recognition. The pressing of the buttons is also ideal for motor skills as pressing buttons creates a response in the bear - singing, flashing lights which is engaging and I used to find it kept my daughter really entertained!
The voice of Alfie is slightly annoying - I don't know what it is he is just a bit patronising and overly childlike with his speech (bit like that guy Mr Tumble on TV, I can't help it, he really annoys me!). He sings this song that goes ""I'm a friendly, light up bear, I'll teach you 1,2,3. A sleepy, hungry, happy bear. Hey, come and hug me." To the rhythm of here we go round the mulberry bush. I have to say, I don't know if our bear was faulty, but the sound quality was so bad we kept wondering what he was saying! We knew the words were not of the actual rhyme, and it was annoying us, as of course he sang it over and over so eventually we went on google to find out the lyrics lol. Bit crappy to have a toy where you can't make out what he's singing about! Apparently he now comes with a lyric book as I discovered when my niece had the same thing (she's 6 months old) but 2 years ago it sure didn't come with it! So I think VTech must have clocked on people couldn't make out what he was actually singing lol.
The bear sings 6 different songs, Rock a bye baby, Skip to my Lou, Please porridge hot, London bridge, Pop goes the weasel and Brahms lullaby so there is some variety but as with most toys, give it a week and you will know all songs inside out and just want to switch the darn thing off lol. Having a velcro strap, we had this attached to her pushchair for entertainment and it would help to keep her pretty quiet when we were out and about! The toy comes with 2 AAA batteries which have been in all this time and Alfie is still alive and kicking, making up noise lol!
Overall, for the benefit of the child (and not for parent's sanity) this is quite a cute little bear, which is interactive, and my daughter loved it for ages. It's fun, and interactive, and the songs are catchy which will capture little ones attention and keep them entertained no end. It costs about £10 which is reasonable so I think it is good value for money and would make a nice christmas present for anyone you know with a little one (and the patience of a saint for an incessantly singing bear!)
Little Singing Alfie - key featuresThree interactive buttons on the singing teddy bear teach the numbers 123 through adorable kisses, promoting motor skills and early learning. Different textures and flashing light provide tactile and visual stimulation. Cuddle little Alfie toy bear or keep him with you by attaching him to the cot or pram using the handy velcro strap. This musical toy features lots of fun melodies and sound effects.