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Vtech Moosical Beads
Member Name: xmum2threex
Vtech Moosical Beads
Advantages: Bright, attractive and fun
Disadvantages: Only holds litle ones attention for short periods
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
Summary: An ok toy for younger children
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