“ Brand: VTech / Age: 9 months / Type: Musical Toy „
When I opened the package for my 10 month old on Christmas day , I thought "Oh no! another musical toy!" You must realise that her set of quacking ducks is driving me round the bend so faced with the prospect of more repetitive beeping it was hard to keep the smile on my face... But my daughter has fallen totally in love with this little toy, and even though it's on all day every day I haven't wanted to throw it out of the window once! It's about 10 inches across with a 5-key keyboard, four colour/shape buttons, four rubber animals and a "roller", each of which make a variety of sounds. There are two modes - speech and music. In speech mode, the animals say their names and the sound they make; the shape buttons say their names and colours: "red square", "yellow star" etc., and the keyboard says the first five letters of the alphabet. In music mode, the shape keys count 1, 2, 3, or 4 and the animals play a variety of nursery rhymes sung in the voice of whichever animal has been pressed. For example the duck will quck and the bunny will "boing" their way through Baa Baa Black Sheep. They stand about 3 inches high and are great for little hands to grab. Which brings me to the best points about this toy. 1) It has scope for different ages. Smaller children can grab the animals and set off tunes, older ones can pay their own tunes on the keyboard. It's full of activity and keeps my daughter happy for hours! 2) Durability. This toy has been dropped, stood on, vomitted on (by her, not me ;)) and washed several times under running water. Not an ideal cleansing solution for an electronic toy but the only way to get the sick out of the keys. I dried it out on a radiator each time and it's still working perfectly. It's also been on all day every day since Christmas and it's still on it's first set of batteries. All in a
ll this is an great little toy. I don't know how much it cost as it was a Christmas present, but I doubt it was more than £15. A complete bargain for the entertainment value. The only niggle I have is that the voices used are American, but that's the only complaint about this otherwise excellent toy. And the best bit of all? It's got a volume button so you can turn it down ;-)
Features a musical keyboard that introduces beginning letters and four fun animal characters that identify their own animal sounds and sing different melodies. Promotes awareness of sound.