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      19.02.2010 11:06
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      Pick it up second hand - spend your cash on a better VTech toy

      I bought this at a nearly new sale as I am a big fan of VTech products for my baby.

      It is suitable for 6 months plus and my 9 month old son reaches out for it as soon as I turn it on.

      The ball does roll around on its own (although mine doesn't - probably why it was in a nearly new sale!) but even without rolling, it creates enough interest for my baby.

      The ball has 2 volumes, background music similar to steel drums and has a speaking lady (english accent) who gives directions such as 'where's the square' and announces what you have just pressed which is good for baby learning.

      There are lots of push buttons for baby - various animals that make their noises once pushed and numbers 1, 2 & 3 that are each within different shapes which light up.

      The product is really as you would expect from VTech - sturdy, colourful and reliable. However, I do find that when rolled around on the carpet, the buttons get 'pressed' as it rolls which creates a lot of noise. Also, I think once my son is older and tries to obey the commands of 'where's the bird' etc, he will find it difficult to actually get to the bird without having accidentally set another button off first. As baby gets praised for finding the button, I can see how it might get frustrating that baby rarely gets the praise.

      In summary, I think there are better designed VTech toys out there so maybe pick this up second hand if you see it.

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      01.02.2010 15:08
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      The V Tech crawl & learn ball has been updated slightly from the current DooYoo picture, but still features the animals & other pictures, but with the addition of a spinning ladybird on top & satin 'taggies' to make it more tactile than before.

      The ball is able to move randomly by itself in a circular motion, thus capturing babies attention & encouraging interaction. The idea is that babies learn to crawl after the ball & improve their movements as such.

      There are many activities on the ball, such as a puppy which when pressed makes a barking sound. There are also numbers with for example 3 bees pictured next to them, so when pressed the ball will respond with '3 bees' 'bzzz bzzz'. There are many different tunes which play randomly when the ball is played with/rolling around. I seem to constantly hear something new which is great as so many of these are annoyingly repetitive. (Don't get me wrong, the tunes from this toy will also get on your nerves, but perhaps to a lesser extent!).

      My son loves spinning the ladybird on top & watching the buttons light up when they are pressed. I'm not sure it helped his crawling at all, but he was already crawling pretty well when we bought the toy, so I can't comment fairly on that point.

      The ball does have an off switch, & 2 levels of volume, which is great for added control & for preventing the batteries draining quickly. Battery life seems good - we haven't had to change them yet after several months use.

      Prices seem to be around the £15-£20 mark, & the toy is widely available online, in toy stores & supermarkets etc.

      I don't think the lifespan of this toy will be too long, as my son is already trying to pick it up & throw it...and believe me, it's a pretty heavy item for a baby toy & could no doubt do some damage to either mummy or the furniture...!

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      03.01.2010 22:35
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      Flashy, loud and lots of fun!

      My now 4 month old daughter received bundles of toys this christmas but this one gets the biggest reaction by far. Its got all the usual flashing and singing (and somewhat noisy) features that most of the Vtech toys offer, however its the unpredictable movement of the ball that seems to catch my babys' attention. It rolls around all by itself which encourages the baby to crawl after it. It cleverly stops within reach of the baby in a kind of circular movement and its this random motion that gets my baby quite excited to the extent she squeals with delight. Though
      my daughter isn't quite crawling yet, she does lunge forward in an attempt to push the buttons and i certainly think in time this will aid her crawling as she gets bigger.

      The ball itself features several animal buttons which all make related sound effects as well as some shapes with numbers on which light up when pushed and say the shape, colour or number. This is a great toy with lots going on; its brightly coloured, loud and flashy all of which seem to dothe trick in terms of stimulating babies.

      One thing worth mentioning is its rather heavy for a plastic toy, I certainly wouldnt encourage a toddler to pick it up and throw it as it could probably cause some damage!! If like me you have small children as well as a baby you may wish to supervise!

      Overall it gets my thumbs up, especially for a toy under £10, just try not to drop it on your toe!

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        26.02.2009 17:54
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        Hours of fun

        VTech Magic Moves Baby Ball it a great toy for children over 6 months to play with. It has soft padded cushioned sides, lots of bright colours on it, a star on the top of the of it which pops up and plays music, different animals on the side which if pressed plays music and makes the sound of the animal. It can roll across the floor with ease. It has a special built-in motor to help the ball roll around on he surfaces to help encourage crawling from the infant.

        It is easy to use this toy as all you have to do is press the big buttons on the toy to hear the music paly and hear the sound effects of the animals and to see the lights changing. This toy aims to promote teaching the child numbers, colours, shapes and fine motor and gross motor development.This toy is for children aged from 6 to 24 months of age.

        I think this toy is excellent as children love to play with it, the noises become familar with the children and they tend to imitate them after they have heard them and soon recognise which animal makes which noise. It also helps them with crawling or walking as they like to chase it around the room, it keeps them entertained for a long period of time with hours of joy and laughter. I would redommend this toy to people who have young children who are struggling to grasp the process of crawling or walking as it gives them something to go after.

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          18.01.2009 21:41
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          Not interesting enough for my daughter.

          Push Me!

          Well my daughter couldn't care less that it wants a push. She was bought the newer version than the one in the picture for christmas and it now has little ribbon tabs around the top and a spinning ladybug on the top as well.

          Basically it has a motor inside that makes the ball roll aout and move on its own, it sort of rolls around in circles. The aim is that it will get baby to chase after it and so want to crawl. My daughter shows no interest in it once it has rolled out of reach and when she can reach it all she wants to do is pick it up and eat the ribbons.

          It also has large buttons around it with shapes and animals that play a little song when you press them, theu are quite easy to press but the songs do get a bit irritating after a while.

          I don't really think it has encouraged my daughter to move at all, she has had it for 4 weeks now and is 8 months old and still showing no interest in crawling after the ball. She would rather just watch it roll around the floor, except if she doesn't touch it it turns itself off then she just finds something else to do!

          I just don't think it catches her attention enough or is interesting enough to motivate her. Either that or she is just a lazy little madam! lol!

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            21.10.2008 13:57
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            Excellent crawling aid & fun too !!

            I love this toy its fab !!! We got this for my little one when he was only about 4 months old as i saw it on special offer in boots and thought why not.

            Its suitable from 6 months and is a good aid to encourage your baby to crawl it certainly did my little boy.

            The ball has a built in motor that makes the ball roll around encouraging your little ones to crawl off after the ball.The ball has different buttons on it which are animals and numbers and when pressed they make the sounds of the animals and also say what each animal is.The same applies with the numbers.As the ball rolls around it asks you to press the certain buttons and this is great learning as it helps with your little ones memory skills.

            The ball also lights up on certain buttons and aswell as the animal noises it also plays tunes as it rolls about,very entertaining.

            I bought this ball from Boots for £9.00 but i think the current retail price is £13.00 which i think is great value as it has alot of playtime with it.The ball is quite heavy which i can see as the only possible bad point as i dont know what kind of force it could withstand without breaking.My son has never dropped it from a great height but when he has dropped the ball its been onto either kitchen tiles (stone) or laminate flooring and as of yet no breakages....

            A great toy in my opinion with entertainment & learning to be had !! Vtech is also a very well known brand and i think the quality of this toy is very high.

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              14.10.2008 12:44

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              Great V-tech Toy

              We bought this v-tech magic moves ball for our youngest son when he was a year old to try and get him to crawl. It cost £13 from early learning centre. It does say suitable from 6months to 2years.

              It is a hard plastic interactive ball which contains a built in motor which when switched on makes the ball roll around to try and encourage a child to crawl after it. The ball dosent move fast ar far it seems to stay within reach of the child.

              The ball also has a number of big bright buttons which light up and play different tunes and make animal sound effects. Once the child reaches out for the ball or to press another button the ball seems to move a bit more encouraging the child to move with it.

              I would certainly recomend this for children of 6 months I think it is worth the mony and has given my son some great fun.

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              14.09.2008 01:28
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              Will keep your little one occupied.

              The Vtech magic moves baby ball is an interactive toy aimed at babies from 6 months old up to 2 years old.

              The ball is manufactured with a special motor inside that makes the ball roll in a random fashion. The purpose of these movements is to encourage the infant to crawl or move to catch up with the ball. Each movement is small so the ball does not move far from the childs reach. The ball also has a number of chunky buttons that when pressed, prompt a number of annoying tunes and flashing lights to keep the kid entertained and interested.

              The purpose of the ball is to aid the childs movement and also to teach them the various shapes and colours as well as numbers. In practice this appears to work well with my baby as she certainly has great fun playing with it.

              The retail price of this ball is 13 pounds GBP and is available from all the usual outlets such as Boots, Mothercare, Argos, ELC, John Lewis, Woolworths, etc.

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                19.10.2007 09:32
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                A great concept that seems to be let down in its execution

                It must be every grandparent’s cry – “the toys just play with themselves these days”. I must confess, pre-parenthood, I probably agreed. However, a mere 16 months experience has shown me that some of the toys that seem to play with themselves are actually far more interactive than they might at first appear. Unfortunately, and unusually for Vtech toys, the Magic Moves Baby Ball is not one of them.

                Vtech have an excellent reputation when it comes to baby toys and, in my opinion, deservedly so. Most of their toys that I have come across have been excellent in terms of quality and design both for play and learning.

                The Magic Moves Baby Ball is aimed at children from 6 months and up. It is meant to teach shapes, numbers and animals and is designed to encourage children to move around, chasing the ball as it moves. Unfortunately, thus far, it has failed to do any of the above.

                The Ball operates using 3AA batteries and is designed to move on its own to encourage baby to move. The ball rolls and shakes in a seemingly random fashion which, at first seems appealing to baby. My son, however, has never made any attempt to follow the ball, preferring, instead, as a small child, to pick it up. This was actually quite dangerous as the ball is far from light and if it were to be dropped on toes, could cause a rather nasty injury.

                As the ball moves a voice asks “where is the cow?” – the trouble is, the cow is yellow and purple, not particularly cow-like and, invariable, facing away from baby. Similarly, have you ever seen a yellow and orange pig? Coupled with this rather odd imagery is another thing against baby getting it right – the timing. You have but a matter of seconds to locate the requested item before the ball continues. As an adult I often failed to hit the right key in time, let alone a young child who wants to look to make sure.

                I have noticed that much of my child’s learning is through association; if I press this button I get this noise/action. Unfortunately this action/consequence structure is not supported by the Ball. Pressing the animal buttons on the ball might result in you getting the noise that the animal makes (reasonably realistic for an electronic toy) or you might get the name of the animal or you might get a question (a “where is?” type) or you might even get a tune. There’s no rhyme nor reason as to which you might get and so I’ve found that there is less of a willingness to press the buttons on this toy than on others where the resultant action is known.

                The number buttons suffer the same issue although they do have the added attraction that they light up and flash in time to any music that is playing on the Ball. If a tune is playing, pressing the numbers or animal buttons cause silly sounds or noises (respectively) to jam over the tune. Rather too subtle for your average toddler.

                There is a basic volume control on the ball – soft or loud – and we found that this had to be parent operated until very recently as my son couldn’t manage the small sliding switch. This also meant that, until recently, we tended to leave the ball switched on as baby couldn’t do it himself.

                Tunes on electronic toys can be annoying but they’re not too bad on the Ball. There are nine songs, some very familiar others not so. They are about the right length for a small child. The unit will switch itself off automatically if not played with for a while but, if like us, you end up leaving it switched on, you might just find that every time you move the toy (for example, to put it away) you start the whole thing off and have to endure a couple of minutes of “Rock and Roll! Come and play with me”.

                The unit does emit a whirring noise as the motor powers it around but this is not too intrusive. Battery life is fairly good and we’ve had almost 10 months use out of one set (although granted it’s not on every day). The movement of the ball is subtle enough that it won’t run too far from a baby who only has limited movement as the motion is generally circular (although the circles can get quite large). If the unit is run on carpet it won’t go so far either when compared to it being used on a laminate floor (or similar).

                The Ball is available from a few high street outlets but is not as widely available as some Vtech items. I’d recommend a web search if you are interested as the stockists seem to change quite frequently. Alternatively the Vtech UK website sells direct to the public.

                This ball was a gift and much appreciated by my son but, as a parent I feel that it is one of the poorer offerings from Vtech. The idea is very sound but its execution is poor something you can’t tell from the box.

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                Special built-in motor activates to make the toy ball roll around, promoting crawling. Limited and controlled movements means that the ball stops within reach. Press the chunky buttons to hear fun music and animal sound effects. Transparent colourful buttons for a fantastic light up effect! Teaches numbers, shapes, colours and promotes motor skill development. Female singing voice helps children develop and familiarise with real sounds.