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Mr Cow as "he's" known in our house. This was the first proper toy my daughter had and she loved it. While the voice irritated me - as all of these toys do! - it was great that it would carry on playing for a short time without needing to be touched as it meant I could go to the toilet and my daughter would still be entertained for those couple of minutes!
I'm not sure that I ever heard everything that the cow can do because after about 6 months of having it it sang another song I'd never heard it do before! It has a lot of the typical songs you would expect - Old MacDonald, The Alphabet Song, Hickory Dickory Dock. It also teaches primary colours and basic shapes.
It's not as cuddly as I would have liked it to be because the plastic parts are quite hard but the benefit of the cow being a soft toy is that it makes it light enough for your little one to hold.
We used to take the cow on car journeys as "he" was a great distraction when stuck in traffic.
Our one was bought as a gift but I was amazed when I found out how little it cost - it's definitely good value for money and perfect as a first interactive toy. You get used to the voice after a while, in fact you'll soon be singing along with it!
(And yes, I know a cow can't be a "he"!)
This was one of the gifts my daughter received for her first christmas when she was around 8 weeks old. It is a cuddly toy cow with a grabbable ring with 2 bright colourful light up buttons and a spinning block. The ring is very easy even for small babies to hold, and the toy is quite light. My daughter quickly mastered the buttons and spinning block. The buttons are very touch sensitive which was especially good as my daughter only had to touch them lightly for them to respond.
The flashing buttons teach ABC, 123, songs and colours. The buttons and spinner are shaped as circle, triangle and square and the pharses once activated correspond to the colours and shapes of the buttons.
The spinning blocks focuses on the differences between day and night - "in the day the sun shines bright"..." twinkling stars come out at night".
Moosical cow looks very friendly and happy and has a very pleasant easy to listen to voice. He is turned on and off by a button on his tummy. Moosical cow is aimed at babies from 3-18 months.
Batteries are required and are included.
My daughter loves her moosical cow, with its bright flashing lights and easy activated buttons. There is lots of variety in the songs and pharses so it keeps her amused for ages and is very educational. She loves that she can press the buttons her self and use the spinner.
After the success of little alfie bear with my children I decided to purchase this version of the toy. They are very similar activity wise; the difference being this toy is based on a cow rather than a bear. The cow is very attractive to look at. With a cute cartoon face, a soft body and an activity ring all in one so it looks impressive. The bright colours, mixed with the friendly cartoon face of the cow all work together to attract little ones attention. There are two interactive buttons to press, each a different shape which suitably introduces shapes to little one, and each with either 123 or ABC written on them. The middle bead on the activity does no light up, but it does spin to show a picture to represent each day and night. Pressing the different buttons activates different songs and jingles. One side will play nursery rhymes and lists shapes. By pressing the opposite button it is very similar, but instead singing songs about number, and other catchy jingles about colours.
It also has beads above the cows head, but to be honest my children were never interested with these. They are tucked away behind the cows head so they are both difficult to get too, and don't really stand out as other interactive parts too. As the cow plays music, and lights up it is very interesting for younger children. It is a good size for little hands to hold as it is rather small, but we find it is a little heavy. Not overly so that it is impossible to play with, but still a little heavy for the younger age recommendation. This toy has an age recommendation for 3 months to 18 months. My little girl was around 3 months when she began using it, and although she could not full activate the activities she still enjoyed it. My son received it while he was around 12 months old, and he was able to use it a lot more. The only problem is I find the older the child the less amount of time it receives play. Older children become bored with it very quickly, but this will hugely depend on what your child likes.
When I first gave this to my son he looked a little confused. He was not sure if he should cuddle it, or if it was some sort of game. He began exploring instantly and found it was a little of both. My little girl now uses this too as it is very durable and can be passed down between children. The flashing lights spinning beads, and catchy songs areal perfect for puling little one in. The buttons are large enough for small children to press, even if they are doing so by accident while just learning to use their hands. Older children can learn the songs, and sing along. My little boy has also worked out what he needs to press to be rewarded with his favourite songs.
My problem with this toy is that it is fun or a little while, but it does only hold my children's attention for a small while. The songs can be rather annoying, and I find myself walking around all day singing the songs. While they seem to stick with me for a very long time, my children become bored very easily so the cow does only receive a short amount of time being played with. The toy is very simple to turn on simply by pressing the on off button. I like that I has an automatic switch so that if little one becomes bored it does not waste batteries. However we find that this timer is set a little too low, and wit my youngest little girl by the time she figures out what she would like to do next it is already switched off. It does require mummy to turn it on so this means I am back and forth every few minutes switching it on for her which can become annoying.
It is definitely suited to a younger audience. My little girl who is six months old loves the songs, and thinks it is amazing that if she touches the button she can activate it. She does smile and really enjoy herself while playing, but the activities are simple and repetitive. For this reason it is used a lot but for very short amount of time. It is not overly loud so that it is annoying for parents while little one plays with it, but is loud enough to hold little ones attention. It is wipe down only which means over two children ours has become a little worn. You receive demo batteries included when you first purchase this toy, but we have had ours since 2010, and have not had to change the batteries yet.
This toy is widely available at toy shops, supermarkets and online. It retails at around £8 which I do think is a very good price for this toy. It is easy for little one to hold, and is well made so long lasting. It has received a fair amount of play from my two youngest children. It is not something I would say is a must buy, but certainly if you are searching for a toy for a younger baby this is one to consider
This toy the was the first of many VTech baby toys to enter our house. It was bought as a present for my twins at their first Christmas when they were 3 months old. Until this point all their toys had been suitable from birth soft toys so I was interested to see how they would respond to something more electronic. Moosical beads was soon to be become a very popular toy.
The toy is a cuddly cow about 17.5cm in height with a plastic ring of features that goes through 2 of the cow's legs and is attached to the other 2. This makes it an ideal size for young babies and it used to sit nicely beside them when they were on their playmat or propped up on a pillow. As young babies like black and white a cow is a great animal to use for a first toy.
I think the recommended age of from 3 months is right mine weren't interested in much apart from milk and sleeping before this time. The upper age is 18 months although it still gets some attention from my toddlers at 20 months.
The cow has the following features
These can be moved backwards and forwards on the orange top half of the plastic ring, easy for little fingers to play with they are different shapes and have bobbles on them. Neither of my little ones have ever been particularly interested in them as there are more exciting things going on with this toy!
-Music and phrase buttons
The toy has 2 light up press buttons and a rotating one. Shaped as a circle, triangle and square they are really easy for baby to activate. All 3 buttons say the shape and colour they are as one of their phrases. The rotating square only has to be knocked slightly for baby to be rewarded with a phrase or nursery rhyme. It has a picture of a sun on one side and a moon on the other to fit in with the phrase of 'in the day the sun shine bright...twinkling stars come out at night' I used to place it where they could easily knock it with a hand or foot.
The 2 light up buttons are marked abc and 123 and also say phrases and play nursery rhymes. It was a while before my babies had the strength to press these 2 but they used to respond when I pressed them.
The cow says 'Moo' and 'Hug me' and has a really nice tone to it's voice. As long as it is turned on the cow also sings and speaks without buttons being pressed. This can be annoying when you've forgotten to turn it off and baby has gone to sleep!
Turning it off
The on/off switch is on the cow's blue printed t-shirt, it is under a red heart so easy to find but you can't tell whether it's on or off without activating one of the features.
It takes 2 x AAA and these have only needed changing once in 15 months which I think is great considering how much it's been on during this time. The battery compartment is accessed via a velcro strip on the back of the toy. It requires a screwdriver to open it so there is no risk to baby.
Price and Availability
As I said earlier it was received as a gift but looking online it is currently available from Amazon £8.29 with free delivery. I would have happily have paid this for the toy as we've had lots of use from it.
Would I recommend?
Yes, this is a great first toy that has been very popular in our house.
The Moosical Beads Cow was bought about 4 1/2 years ago now when my eldest daughter was a baby, my daughters Grandparents brought her this toy back as a present from their holidays however they had actually bought it at the local Tesco as they hadn't been able to find anything suitable for a three month old baby whilst they had been away.
Although like i say this toy was a bought a number of years ago it is a toy which is still going strong and is readily available in the likes of Asda, Tesco and Argos and of course online from the likes of Amazon. The toy costs around the £10 mark however only a few weeks ago I saw it in our local Home bargains store at about £6 which is a great saving although I think the toy is pretty good value anyway as my daughter loved it.
The toy came packaged in the usual beright blue box that comes with Vtech toys and I quite like this as it is easy to spot a Vtwech toy from the box and Vtech is a brand I often buy for my children. The cow was easy to remove from the box pealing back a small piece of sellotape and then unwrapping the usual plastic covered wires to release it from the box. The cow comes ready fitted with 2 x AAA batteries which i think is always a good thing for a childs toy although I always have a stash of batteries in the house for those presents that come without.
The toy as you would have guessed by now is a cow, the cow part is a soft toy and really quite cute, the cow is decorated in the usual way a cow would be with the main body being white with black splodges all over his body and he sits down whilst holding onto a plastic ring. The cow is approximately 6 inches tall and is aimed at children aged from 3 months of age so he is about the right size for a baby to grasp hold of. The ring of plastic has two little rings which slide around it behind the cows head in bright colours and then there are three activities on the front of the ring.
The buttons at the front are a light up red button with abc on it, this button is circular, in the middle there is a solid coloured blue swivel piece with a moon and stars on one side and sun on the other and then the final button is a triangular green light up button with 123 on it.
When you first turn the cow on which is done so by a heart shaped push point on the cows chest the toy will moo at you and then play you a tune, as usual with babies toys the tune is catchy and will stick in your head and annoy you. The cow will make a noise if it is turned on but then not played with such as playing a little tune or saying hug me although it will say bye bye and turn itself off if still not played with so it preserves the battery life.
The cow plays a number of songs such as The Farmers in his Den and Twinkle Twinkle and some other tunes which we didn't know but certainly came to know, when you flip the middle section over it sets of tunes and songs too. All the buttons are easy for little hands to push and my this was the first toy my daughter managed to play with herself, we would sit her in her bouncer and she would happily push the buttons and seemed to love all the noise and babble away with the toy.
I really think this is a good toy which introduces numbers, letters and colours from a young age even though a baby has no idea what they are listening to and my daughter really seemed to enjoy the toy. The battery life of the cow was brillianrt and i would say it had about a years worth of play and we only changed the batteries once in this time, the toy shuts off when not being played with so of course this helps with the battery life too. The toy is noisy and flashes lights at your child so seems to hold their attention well and the only drawback of this toy is after quite a lot of play the stitching in the cows hand began to loosen and the cows hand came away from the ring although even myself who cannot stitch managed to fix it. This is a great toy and well worth the price a great beginner for baby.
I bought my nephew one of these Vtech cows when he was six months old due mostly to the fact that I knew very little about what a child of his age would like and a vaguely recalled memory that Vtech had some connection with learning.
Initially he loved the cow, though he did find it difficult to press the buttons at such a young age the lights and twisting sections delighted him.
I picked it up for around £12, which I initially thought was a little steep, but it is sturdy and has stood up to all of Oliver's abuse as he has gotten older (he's had the cow for around a year and LOVES throwing it around now). Not only has the cow managed to put up with mistreatment, it's also managed to remain a popular plaything when not many of the younger baby toys have remained interesting to a child who has developed further.
There are only two real negatives about the toy firstly (a very minor thing) the white of the cow did become grubby and even through cleaning has not really managed to stay "white". Secondly, the songs that the cow sings are impossibly catchy and annoying and manage to remain stuck in the heads of anyone who comes into contact with it. In our house, the cow has gained the nickname, "I'ma-cow" thanks to one of it's particularly infuriating tunes. "I'm a cow come play with me..."
The Vtech Moosical Beads Cow is a toy that is just about celebrating it's first birthday, having been bought when thirteen month old Freddy was just a few weeks old. We originally bought this because it was one of a very few toys in Tesco that were suitable for young babies. I must say though that Freddy was younger than the recommended minimum age of three months, but to be honest if a toy is considered safe for a three month old baby then it's going to be safe for an even younger baby. Although I'd be lying if I said this was an instant hit, it is a toy that Freddy is currently sitting and playing with.
==I'm a cow... - A Parent's View==
Normally at this point I would start with a short paragraph about how easy it is to remove a toy from the packaging, but to be brutally honest I really can't remember if it took me an age or not. I guess this means that it wasn't too difficult, but there were probably a few ties to untwist. One aspect of preparing the cow for play is that the first pair of AAA batteries are included and even though they are only for demonstration purposes they lasted a good six months.
The cow itself is very cute to look at, his main body is made of a very soft plush material and he has the classic cow design of white with black spots (which makes him a Friesian). Standing approximately six inches in height (well sitting really) and being about the same width, the Moosical Cow is the perfect size for fairly young babies to hold and explore. While most of the cow's body is soft, he does contain a hard battery pack and he is holding plastic ring, meaning that he's not really a toy for cuddling as such.
The plastic ring, (that looks a little like a hula-hoop), holds a few activities, with there being two smaller shaped and textured rings on the upper half. These smaller rings don't really move that freely though as the head tends to get in the way, only a small problem, but a design fault if you ask me. The bottom half of the ring features the lights and sounds that Vtech is famous for. As this is a toy designed for very young babies, there are only three different components to this section, all of which are switched on by a small heart shaped button on the cows chest.
There are two flashing buttons, a red circle with abc printed on it and a green triangle with 123, then there is a blue square that can be turned. When the cow is first switched on it moos and then plays a tune that soon becomes very monotonous. If you want to know what song is played then just read the headings in this review, buy this for your child and trust me you'll be word perfect within a day. If the cow is left alone for a few minutes it will suddenly pipe up "hug me" to get your baby's attention then a minute or so later it bursts into that song again, before finally realising that baby has lost interest and saying "bye, bye" and switching off.
The actual buttons are quite large and really only need minimal pressure to operate. The buttons sets off one of several phrases and songs most of which are related to either the colour, shape or numbers and letters. There are some other familiar tunes played though, including "Twinkle, twinkle", the ABC song (tune not words) and "Farmer's in the den". The blue square sets off yet more sounds and lights, this time based on day and night.
As a whole the cow is very well made, it has been played with extensively over the last year and there is no sign of any stitching coming loose. The Velcro closing the battery compartment is also holding firm, it's difficult enough as an adult to access the battery compartment, let along a child. Talking of batteries we have only needed to replace them once within the last year with the second set still going strong. My only real gripes with the quality of the cow are that it is sponge clean only and so has become a little grubby over the last twelve months and that the decoration on the square consists of stickers that are starting to peal at the edges.
As for how many stars out of five I, an adult, would give it, well I'm probably edging towards four out of five. Yes it is a noisy toy, but not too noisy (Freddy certainly has much louder toys), and the songs do become a little repetitive (especially the play with me song), but at least the voice is English (if a touch patronising). The actual toy is quite cute, with the black and white being attractive to even young babies and barring the stickers it's well made. But it's not just my opinion that counts...
==Come Play With Me - A Child's View==
At just over a month, Freddy was a little younger than the recommended minimum age for this toy when he got it, but as he was just starting to take notice of the world around him and I would be helping him access it I was perfectly happy for him to have it. To begin with, we just placed it in front of him during tummy time as something for him to look at and he was perfectly happy to simply look and smile. Then we made the big mistake of turning it on. Although the sounds aren't particularly loud they can start quite suddenly and they terrified him. Cue a screaming fit every time he saw the cow for the next few weeks. We continued to persevere and place the cow within Freddy's sightline without switching it on and eventually he began to start 'talking' and smiling to it, as long as we didn't switch it on. This continued until Freddy was about four months and started reaching for toys.
After he got to this stage, Freddy would enjoy twiddling the smaller rings and the square and loved that he could make the noises work for himself. It did frustrate him though that the cow turned off after a relatively short period of inactivity. At that age, babies are only just starting to master the fine motor control required to press buttons and turn the square and it can take time between presses, meaning that he'd finally succeed in pressing the button only to discover that it had switched itself off. So although the cow is suitable for very young babies, a lot of adult intervention is required and it's not a toy that can be used to keep them amused for five minutes while you get on with a bit of housework.
Over the last year, Freddy has steadily become far more capable of playing with this semi-independently. He does love to press the buttons, dance to the tunes and watch the lights flash, but he's still unable to play with it completely independently, which is all down to one small problem. Although he is brilliant at operating switches, Freddy finds it really difficult to press the on button on the cow, even though he knows where it is. This is because the button is actually very tiny and partially obstructed by the lower ring. I really would expect a little more thought to have gone into the design, especially from such a well known toy manufacturer. Because he finds it so hard to switch the cow on and it switched off so quickly if no buttons are pressed, the cow only holds Freddy's attention for a very limited period of time and while he will occasionally choose to play with it, he soon becomes frustrated.
So from a child's point of view I would probably give the cow three stars out of five. It's a toy that Freddy will play with for a limited period of time, but also one that he finds a little frustrating.
==Learning Colours and Say Yippee, ABC and 123 - Educational Aspects==
Being manufactured by Vtech, it's sort of expected that this is an educational as well fun (well not that fun) toy, unfortunately I don't personally feel it is as educational as it could be. Admittedly the black and white colouring is fantastic for grabbing the attention of very young babies and the friendly, cartoon like face will also draw their gaze. But the other educational benefits are very limited. Basic fine motor skills are rewarded by lights and sounds as the buttons are pressed, but these are large buttons that won't really tax a baby above six months of age. The smaller rings also encourage fine motor skills, but the way their movement is limited reduces their attraction. The songs and tunes, perhaps encourage musical creativity, Freddy does like to sing and dance along, but the short timeframe before the cow switches itself off, means that the older toddler becomes a little frustrated. In fact the only way that I think this is really educational is the way it names the shapes and colours (I'm not convinced over the abc and 123 aspect).
As to the recommended age range, well while there's nothing about the cow that would make it unsafe for babies at the lower end of the range (three months) or even younger, this really isn't the best of toys for them. There are very few textures for them to explore and the lights and sounds turn off far too quickly. Really I wouldn't recommend it for babies below six months and even they will need considerable help to play with it. The higher end of the age range is also a little problematic, yes at thirteen months, Freddy does like to play with occasionally, but there really isn't that much to hold his interest and again it switches itself off far too quickly. Toddlers have very short attention spans and do tend to go back to toys after a few minutes, by which time this has turned off. (The more I think about this the more I know what my final recommendation is going to be).
==We'll Have So Much Fun You'll See - Final Words==
At first sight, the Vtech Moosical Beads Cow looks a very attractive toy for young babies, but in my experience it really is style over substance. Although it is perfectly safe, the activities and textures it contains are very limited and there are a number of what I feel are basic design flaws. I paid £9.99 for this a year ago, and the more I think about it the more I wish that I had spent my money elsewhere. This is a toy that is occasionally played with, but also a toy that frustrates, is soon discarded and certainly wouldn't be missed if it disappeared to the great toy box in the sky. So I'm afraid I can really only give the Moosical Beads Cow three stars out of five and am not recommending it as there are far better toys on the market (both musical and not).
However should Vtech address the following issues, then I'm sure my opinion would change.
1. The stickers on the square. What are you thinking Vtech, stickers on a toy for young babies, did you forget that everything goes in their mouth?
2. The top half of the hoop. Lovely idea having the rings at the top, but the head gets in the way.
3. The on/off switch. Far too small and hard to get to, remember young toddlers like to be independent.
4. Time out. It switches off far too quickly, which combined with point three leads to lots of frustration.
I have had the V-Tech Moosical beads toy for several years and it has been used by both of my children. It remained a favourite toy for both of them for at least a year, and I would happily recommend it to other parents.
The toy features a friendly looking black and white cow and a plastic ring with interactive buttons and beads. The beads are great for exploring different textures and for biting during teething. The cow plays various tunes, operated by the pushing of very large, easy to use buttons. This means that your child will get a reaction to the smallest movement on their part - very handy for young babies. Each bead also has a educational function. One introduces numbers, another letters and a third, a short rhyme.
If the toy has not been played with for a while, it plays the tune to remind you that it is still switched on. After doing this twice, the toy then switches itself off, saving you money on batteries!
The only downside is that because it is white, it gets grubby quite quickly and can only be surface washed.
I bought this present for Hope this year even though it is suitable for babies much younger than her, there was something about it's cute, friendly face and funny noises that made me want to buy it for her. Since she opened it on Christmas day morning it has now been in her company the majority of the time and if it isn't then she is asking for it! Although the toy is aimed at children 3months to 18 months and Hope is almost two years old now it still has won her over, entertained her and provided her with lots of fun.
We have got several V Tech toys and I have been very pleased with all of them as they try to encorporate education into their toys creating a learning environment in a fun and interactive way which i think they achieve very well.
**What does it look like?**
The musical cow is rather interesting to look at as it isn't just a soft toy. He is actually a soft toy cow holding a big ring which goes around his head. The cow is black and whit with a big pink nose and a patch over his eyes. The ring is plastic and robust, it isn't squidgy so isn't a teething ring. It is orangea nd yellow with beads on. The beads that are above the cow's head are tectured rings of plastic in different bright colours- purple, orange and green. These don't do anything except are able to be moved along the ring and spun round. The other beads are the interactive parts of the toy. They are three big plastic beads; the two outer ones being buttons which light up and the middle one being a big plastic square. The other buttons are different shapes too; a triangle and a circle. The circle is read with 'abc' written on it and the triangle is green with '1,2 3' written on it. The blue square has a picture of the sun on one side of it and a moon and stars on the others.
To look at this toy is quite eye catching as it's very colourful with being black and white and then having the plastic yellow and orange ring around it. When you glance at it you can't help but look for longer to try to work out what it is; is it a soft toy or is it some kind of a game? It definitely does draw you in to explore it even as an adult so you can imagine what effect this has for a child!
***What does it do? ***
Well essentially it looks cute but it also educates and entertains your baby. You turn it on by pressing a button on it's tummy and upon doing so it moos loudly twice and begins to sing "I'm a cow come play with me, learning colours and shapes yippee, abc and 123 we'll have so much fun you'll see!" This is accommpanied by some jolly music and be warned- it is a tune which will stick in your head and you'll find yourself singing it for a while!
If you don't press anything for a few minutes it will start to moo and give instructions such as 'hug me' or begin singing again so do be warned! If you don't want to play with this for a while then switch it off else it will just start talking away to itself!
The circle when pressed says "abc, learn with me" and Twinkle twinkle little star then plays in a jolly, upbeat way and if any buttons are presse dwhilst this is on it creates a little jingling noise. When the circle is pressed a second time it states the colours 'red' and a little jingle follows. A third time and it tells you 'circle', a fourth time it says 'play with me' and sings the welcome jingle together' then it repeats the cycle again.
The triangle when pressed is similar to that of the circle- it lights up, it plays songs, it states the numbers, the colour and the shape before going back to the beginning. The middle bead is the blue square with pictures on and it spins round. As your toddler spins it it makes a clicking noise and it plays a jingle whilst stating it's colour 'blue' or shape 'square'. If the sun picture is facing upwards it declares "In the day the sun shines bright" or if it's the moon "Twinkling stars come out at night".
Everything I have written above is what this toy does. There aren't lots of different elements to it, it's quite simple really with having just three interactive beads and not great long pictures or words to be explained which is why I think this is aimed at the age range it is (from 3 to 18 months). I think children from 12 months expect more from their toys and quite often they end up with toys which do a lot more which may end up being a hindrence as they are overwhelmed by facts and various things which light up so this toy just keeps it simple which is quite refreshing.
This cow does shout out "Hug me" which is probably the only part of this toy which I am not very fond of. I don't think that this soft toy is very huggable as far as soft toys go. If your child tries to hug this to them then the hard plastic will dig into their chests so it is not very easy to give it a cuddle. I would quite like there to be an ablity to remove the beads so that this toy is more versatile, you could put it to bed with your baby for them to cuddle but with the plastic ring I don't think it makes a very cuddly toy.
I like how this is very simple. I have got quite a lot of Vtech toys and other interactive toys which if i were to write a review on them I wouldn't be able to explain everything they do as either I don't understand them properly myself or they just try to do too much. This toy like I have said earlier doesn't try to be clever and do too much.
Because it is not very large in size (about 15cm tall) it is easy for small hands to get hold of and interact with. Your baby doesn't need to have great strength to lift this cow or to turn or press the beads and again I think it is very age appropriate with aiming at from 3 months plus. It is also a good size to take out and about with you if you need something to accommpany your baby. We have another interactive soft toy but he is far too big to keep putting in my bag and carrying about but this cow is very practical in that sense.
It cannot be washed in a washing machine and should only be surface washed so beware of sticky fingers making marks on this as it's got a lot of white on the soft toy part of it it's easy to look grubby. The plastic ring is easy to wipe clean though so that's quite easy to maintain.
Hope is almost 2 years old and this toy is aimed at children a bit younger than her but that hasn't stopped her from enjoying playing with this toy and has taken a very fond liking to him. It is a very friendly, happy looking cow so I'm not suprised she is impressed with him! Children seem to like noisy, light up toys so this one really does incorporate everything with having singing, flashing lights and a cuddly element to it so it really does appeal!
In my opinion this is a lovely little toy which works well and is very suitable for the age range it is aimed at.
We run a Dairy Farm so anything cow related goes down well with us especially anything Black and white.
When I was expecting my third baby we knew he would be due in November as we like to get ahead with our Christmas shopping I had been buying things for the baby too. One of the things I bought was the Vtech moosical beads cow.
The first thing that attracted me to the toy was the fact that it was a cow. Once I realised it was a Vtech toy I was a little more interested and not so put off by the price as Vtech tend to be well made and age appropriate.
I bought our moosical beads cow from Toys r us almost 3 years ago and paid about £8.50 for it. I think it now (Sept 2010) retails at £9.99 in Argos but you can get it cheaper if you shop around.
The toy is a soft black and white cow holding a plastic ring with moving shapes on it. Two of the shapes light up when pressed and one spins around on the ring. The ring is hard textured plastic so also makes a nice teether.
To activate the cow you press a small heart on its chest and it moos and speaks and sings songs depending on which of the shapes is being played with. The voice is English and is very clear and jolly. After a few minutes inactivity the toy shuts down.
The moosical beads toy takes 3 x AAA batteries that fit inside a secure box inside the cows body. This is accessed by opening a Velcro closure on the cows back. This can be quite fiddly and you do need a screwdriver to open the battery box.
This toy has now been passed down to my latest addition who is five and a half months old. She loves this toy and it definitely a favourite and she reaches for it and kicks her legs whenever she sees it.
The manufacturers recommended age range is 3 to 18 months and I think this a good estimation as a younger child may like the sounds and colours but wouldn't have the fine motor skills to actually play with the toy but I think it still holds interest for a child over 18 months even if only for a short time.
The toy is quite heavy so a young baby would not be able to lift it up itself so it is best used when the baby is in a sitting position in a baby ring or propped on cushions so it can be placed in their lap and they don't have to hold it up.
I think £9.99 is a fair price as this is quite a robust little toy that has lasted through two of my children and if I had more it would definitely be brought out again.
The V-tech Moosical Beads cow is a really lovely little toy. My daughter received this for her first easter (which would have made her just over 4 months old) rather than waiting for her first birthday. The recommended age for the cow is 3 months plus, however i think it could quite easily be for older children.
This is such a cute little cow and has bright colours which instantly attracts the baby to it. On the chest of the cow is a heart which is the on/off button, and when turned on he moo's and then sings a little song encouraging the baby to play. Around the cow's neck is a plastic bar, with beads to move from side to side, there is a circle with abc on, and triangle with 123 on and a square in the middle with the sun on one side and the moon on the other.
When the circle is pressed - he says "ABC, Learn With Me" then plays the tune of Twinkle Twinkle, and when pressed again he says red triangle. When the triangle is pressed he says "123, Count With Me" and when pressed again he says green triangle. The blue square in the middle has a couple of different phrases - when turned says "In the day the sun shines bright" and also "Twinkling stars come out at night". If none of the buttons are pressed, after a minute or two he will moo and say hug me, and eventually will turn off if not played with.
I think this toy is one of V-techs best as it is great for learning and also is great fun for them. Even now at two my daughter still loves it and will play with it regularly. The battery life is fantastic, i have never had to change them yet and there is no sign of them running out. I really can't find fault with this brilliant toy, not only is it cute and colourful, the voice is really cute too and its good for early learning of letters, numbers, colours, shapes and night and day.
This is a lovely little toy for younger children. We received this as a gift for my daughter's first birthday. At first I was a little dubious as the age range on the packaging said it was suitable from 3 months old - my daughter has always seemed to like slightly older toys so I thought that she would show no interest in it at all but, to my suprise, found that she did actually quite like the toy.
The toy basically consists of a little black and white cuddly cow, who is around 6 inches high and is holding a ring around it's neck with two push buttons and a spinning block in the middle. The on off button is a little heart located on the cow's chest - the button is concealed underneath the fabric so there are no buttons sticking up off the cuddly cow so perfect for small babies. I found that my daughter did tend to struggle with turning the cow on as the button is located underneath the ring and she couldn't quite work out how to get to it. Once the cow is turned on the two buttons on the ring can be pressed which light up and flash and the cow then starts singing songs and teaching either the alphabet, numbers, colours and shapes. The block in the middle also triggers these noises. On the back of the ring, behind the cows hands which are holding on the the ring, are two little rings which move up and down on the larger ring - there is no function to these, just basically something for the child to fiddle with.
I personally found that my daughter did like to play with this toy occasionally but it did not hold her attention for very long and now, at the age of 22 months, she no longer shows any interest in the toy as she now owns much more interesting toys. I would therefore agree with the age recommendation of around 3 months for this toy as the lights and songs would definitely appeal to a younger baby and it is also a nice size for a smaller baby to hold and cuddle. Overall a pretty decent toy but I would definitely not buy this toy for a child older than around 9 months old.
I got this toy because it was on offer at tescos and out of the other toys in the offer that did similar things, this was the one that stood out!
I was torn between the VTEC alfie teddy and this but decided on this one because it did more. To look at the black and white colours are excellent for young babies as they contrast well which means they can see it more clearly. The beads and ring around the back are well used by my son as a teether!
the buttons on the front are easy for small hands to press and the flashing lights draw attention to the letters and numbers on the buttons. Each time you press the button it does something different- playing a variety of songs and phrases. This toy teaches numbers, shapes and letters, and also talks about day and night. There is a good variety of little tunes played which means the toy never seems to get boring. My son is mesmerised by the lights and sounds on this toy and it provides him with hours of fun. Initially he needed help to hold it as it can be a little bulky for tiny hands but he now plays with it completely independently and is constantly learning as he goes!
My daughter got this toy as a present for her first birthday. At first the 'mooing' noise freaked her out (but then she can be over-sensitive!), but she quickly got used to it and now plays with it almost every day.
It lights up and plays a few catchy tunes. It teaches numbers 1-3, a couple of shapes and the difference between day and night. It's designed for young babies as it's fairly basic, but it should keep their attention for at least a few minutes.
It's a very upbeat character (one of its lines is 'It's fun playing with you!'). The on/off switch is actually the red dot on its belly, which means that young babies can't switch it on/off at first, as it doesn't look like a button. This means you have to do it, which is either a good or a bad thing. If it's not played with for a couple of minutes, it switches itself off by saying 'Bye-bye!', preserving the batteries. The batteries have lasted for months, even though it's a popular toy.
On the whole, a nice present and not too pricey for what it is.
This toy was a presant for my youngest daughter when she was little and she really likes it. Its suitable from 3 months and is small enough to be taken out and about. My daughter plays with hers in her buggy alot. It only costs around ten pounds so its a great little wrap up or small gift for a young baby. It plays musical tunes and teaches 1,2,3 and A,B,C. The body is nice and soft, like a teddy, and there is a plastic ring with the buttons attatched. The buttons themselves are large and chunky so are easy for even tiny babies to press. The only real downside is that after a while it turns itself off and the on/off button is harder for little ones to press. My daughter is constantly chasing me round with hers saying 'on,on.' Other than that its a good little toy for small children, its musical, bright and friendly looking. Definatley worth the ten pound price tag
It's the most udderly fantastic way to learn! This huggable plush cow with grabbable plastic ring is great for tiny hands. Featuring two light-up push buttons and a spinning block that teach a-b-c, 1-2-3 shapes and colours with fun phrases and sung song. Let your little one get creative by jamming fun sounds into recognisable melodies. Baby can learn about cause and effect by pressing the buttons and sliding the beads also encourages motor skills.