This was a gift for my one year old daughter. Yet again, I managed to get this at a reduced price, and was really looking for a toy that obviously she would have fun playing with, but needed to have some educational/development benefits to it also.
Just to give you an overview of the toy itself, its firm and solid in structure. Your not going to worry about it being thrown, dropped or bashed, as its well made and in way filmsy. No parts are loose or come off, so dont have to worry about things being lost or swallowed. It comes in lovely bold colours: blue, red, yellow and green.
All of the buttons and things the children can press are quite chunky and tactile, so easy to play with even with the smallest of hands.
You have different functions on it: music, sounds, letters, lights, so will keep them occupied for a good while.
On top of that, with it being a helicopter, it does have propellers at the top that can move ( not by themselves though ). This is the section where you can put the balls ( the helicopter comes with 4 different colour balls ) in and use as a sorting toy.This helps with eye and hand co ordination.
The helicopter is on wheels so movable on the floor or other surfaces and has a pull along string.
Overall this is a great all round toy.Recommended age of use is between 9 months and 3 years. In my opinion this is probably spot on!
Yet again another VTEC toy that hasnt let me or my family down.
This was bought for my son as a present when he was 6 months old. We kept it back until he was 8 months as until he could sit up he wasn't really able to play with it - fair enough as it states on the box that it's for 9 months plus.
The helicopter takes 2 AA batteries and has 2 settings - music time and learning. Depending which mode it is in, all the buttons and switches make different noises. When in learning mode, the helicopter tells your child about A,B,C, red, blue and yellow and some basic objects. When in music mode each button either plays a note or a song.
The pilot of the helicopter is a dog and you can also press him to start a song.
The helicopter has 4 turning wheels and a string attached so that your child can pull it along when older. The propellers can be spun and make helicopter noise when you do so.
There are 4 balls (too big for a child to get in their mouth) which can be posted through a hole at the top and the helicopter counts them as you press them in. It's easy enough for even a young child to do and the whole thing is a nice size, chunky enough for little children to handle.
I've been quite impressed with this toy. There are so many different things to do with it and the colours and flashing lights on it make it very visually appealing for young children.
My daughter who is 2 also loves this toy, so I can see that we will be using it for a few years to come.
This was bought for my twin boys as a Birthday present for their 1st birthday. It is a lovely toy and has so far provided them both with lots of fun even though they don't understand what it says, they have however grasped the basics.
It is a red and white, sturdy helicopter toy, with blue propellerys at the top and green wheels at the bottom, at the front of the helicopter is a yellow string. The middle of the helicopter is open with a blue 'basket' inside. There is of course and off switch on the side next to the three other buttons. There are also three larger buttons on the bottom side of the helicopter.
When switched on it makes a helicopter noise and then sings a funky tune. Next to the on/off switch is the first button which is orange with a bird on it. When pressed it say's "Bird" and when the buttons are pressed at the bottom they say the letters which are on them which are just "A", "B", "C", it all gives you a little story for example "The red ape swings up, up in the tee tops". The second button next to the on/off switch is blue with a kite on it, again when pressed it says "Kite", but when the bottom buttons are pressed it says the colours which are Red, Blue and Yellow. The third button is green with a balloon, and yes you've guessed it the talking helicopter says "Balloon" when it's pressed. The bottom buttons however either say a letter or colour, it varys and also what the letter stands for such as "B is for Bear". The propellers you can spin round easily by hand, and whilst spinning it says "Spinning Round and Round". The helicopter also comes with 4 colourfall balls, which have to be pushed down into the hole in the propellers, they land on the 'basket' and into the space in the middle. While pushing them in the helicopter counts them.
You can also switch the toy to music time, when the buttons on the side are pressed a new tune is played and the bottom buttons act as piano keys so you can play your own song.
So there is all the boring basics about this toy, despite it sounding so bland and boring it actually is a brilliant toy in my opinion. My boys love music so love it when I put it on music time mode so they can dance about and sing "Bu Bu Bu", How Beautiful! They love to play their own music to on the keys, they have the Vtech walker which has 'piano keys' on it and they love to play on that so i knew the music keys on this would be a hit. The educational part is very basic, but it will be beneficial for them when they do start learning their letters and numbers properly. But just because they don't understand yet that doesn't stop me from saying the letters and numbers with the toy as it is surprising what children take in without you realising. As they grown though they will understand it more so not only will it still be a fun toy for them to play with it will teach them new things as well.
This can be bought in stores such as Wilkinsons, which is where my auntie bought it from, also Mothercare and Asda. You can also purchase it online on the Vtech website itself which is www.vtechuk.com. or even on Amazon. It is roughly £15 for the Helicopter, and it is reccomend for children from 12months to 36months which I think is just right.At the moment my boys enjoy pushing the balls in and playing with the balls alone. Another bonus is the helicopter acts as a pull along and recently my boys have gone through a phase of wanting to pull and push things. It does require 2xAA batteries, but they do tend to be included with the toy when bought. Like I said they have grasped the basics, the ball pushing and the pulling along and dancing to the music, but as they do get closer to 36months this toy will help them learn numbers, colours, songs and even animals.
Also in case you are wondering it is very sturdy, it has took a lot of bashes and bangs since bought in November and still looks as good as new, if you ask me it's definitely worth every penny.
My son was bought this last christmas and it's lasted him very well. It's still going strong [got to put new batteries in though!!]. You can spin the propeller or play the keys like a piano on the side. It has A,B,C, on the keys and when pressed the tell you things that begin with that letter so it does educate your child. The propeller makes the noise just like one when spun and lights up and flashes. It has string on so your child can pull it along and it has 3 balls that you post in the top and they reat in the carriage bit.
Like I said my son has had this for nearly a year now and it's still something he plays with quite often. He usually plays with this whilst I make his bath as he pulls it to and from the bathroom across the landing. Well worth the money.
This is another educational yet fun toy from VTech. It is available in many toy shops and online, currently priced at around £16.99.
It is stated as being suitable from 9-36 months and has 2 main modes of play. It is a pull along toy, with 4 coloured balls (included) to 'feed' into the hole in the top. It has a number of songs and sound effects as well as a flashing light on the front.
The helicopter itself is made of the usual sturdy plastic that you see on many other childrens toys! It has a propeller on the top that you can spin round, which makes a clicking noise as you do and triggers a helicopter sound too (if switched on!!) There is a hole in the centre of the propeller where you can push the coloured balls (and anything else that fits!!) through. As each ball is pushed through it states either the colour of the ball or counts.
The sides of helicopter are open, allowing easy access to remove the balls from the inside. Along the bottom on one side are 3 piano keys that will play a note or help your child learn a,b,c, colours and animals and hear a selection of phrases depending upon the mode it is currently set to.
There is a dog pilot on the front of the helicopter which you can press to activate a song and the light just below the pilot on the front too. It is at the bottom at the front you will find the string to pull the helicopter along.
On the side of the helicopter with the piano keys, below the propeller you will find the off/mode sliding switch, so you can select off, music or learning mode. and 3 different 'object' buttons. The object buttons when pressed will activate tunes in music mode or phrases and sounds in learning mode.
This toy will aid with the learning of counting, colour identification and letters. It will also help to develop motor skills by pressing buttons, pushing the balls through the hole, moving the propeller and pulling the helicopter along. It also provides auditory and visual stimulation.
My son loves this he does little dances to the music it plays, the look on his face when he first managed to push a ball through was great!! He's now starting to walk round pulling his helicopter behind him!
Propel your way to early learning with the VTech Learn and Sort Helicopter! Choose one of the two modes of play and spin the propeller, pull the helicopter, play the piano keys, or press the object buttons to hear fun phrases, animals, musical notes and popular melodies. Sort the four coloured balls to learn counting and colours. Includes realistic sound effects and flashing headlight for visual and audio stimulation.